Nancy Pelosi had all hell breaking loose in Washington.
Pelosi kept her cards close to the vest for months about her plans to leave Congress.
Nancy Pelosi set off a mad scramble with this retirement bombshell.
It’s long been rumored that this would be Nancy Pelosi’s final term in Congress.
In 2019 Pelosi pledged to only serve two terms as speaker of the House in exchange for the votes necessary to win the position.
This is Pelosi’s second term as speaker, and many assumed that Pelosi would resign from Congress rather than serve as a backbencher.
But now it’s been confirmed by a report in The Atlantic magazine that Pelosi will step down after the 2022 midterm elections.
And this news is setting off a fight for power in the Democrat caucus.
However, Pelosi’s key deputies – Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn – are unlikely to succeed Pelosi because they are over 80 years old.
“Her top deputies… aspire to her job, but they’re also in their early 80s, and most Democrats in and out of Congress are counting on them to step aside too. Of course, they all have stock responses denying that anyone is ever going anywhere,” the article in The Atlantic read. “But the day is coming.”
The Atlantic reported that Democrats would turn to New York’s Hakeem Jeffries as their next leader.
“Democratic members of Congress won’t talk about any of this publicly, as if Pelosi might suddenly appear and pull their hearts from their chests,” The Atlantic added. “Pretty much every Democrat in Congress and beyond is confident that Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York will be the next speaker of the House, if Democrats manage to hold on to their majority next year.”
Pelosi is likely to leave Congress in disgrace as Democrats appear on track to lose their majority for the second time on Pelosi’s watch.
Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind announced his retirement from Congress.
Kind represented a district that Donald Trump carried in 2016 and 2020 and Democrats likely need to win again if they want to retain the majority.
But Kind’s retirement is another signal Democrats may end up on the wrong end of a red wave election in 2022.
In 2010 Pelosi lost the speaker’s gavel after Republicans won 63 seats in the Tea Party wave that was the biggest landslide in the history of the midterm elections.
Should Republicans oust the Democrat majority next November that would make Pelosi the first speaker swept out of power on two occasions.
Pelosi also oversaw disastrous election cycles in 2004, 2014, 2016 and 2020 where Democrats badly underperformed.
That is a record of failure Pelosi takes into her likely retirement next year.
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