House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows her time is almost up.
Democrats rushed into damage control mode.
And Nancy Pelosi is ready to head for the exits after what this jaw-dropping video exposed.
A sure sign one party knows it is about to suffer a tough election cycle is when senior elected officials announce their retirement.
Either they realize they’re in for a tough race or headed for the minority and hit the bricks.
Should Democrats lose the majority next year that will spell the end for Nancy Pelosi as almost everyone expects her to retire rather than serve in the minority.
Kentucky Democrat John Yarmuth is one of those senior elected officials retiring rather than deal with the 2022 election.
Yarmuth currently chairs the House Budget Committee and would chair the committee in 2023 if Democrats retain control of the House.
But in a video posted to social media Yarmuth announced his retirement.
“It’s been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now,” Yarmuth explained. “I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress.”
Yarmuth represents a solidly Democratic district and since redistricting after the 2010 election, Yarmuth never won less than 62 percent of the vote.
So Yarmuth was in no danger of losing his seat.
Nor was Yarmuth in any danger of losing his committee chairmanship because Democrats do not term limit chairmen.
Instead, political observers judged that Yarmuth did not want to spend several cycles in the minority and got out.
Yarmuth tried to put a brave spin on his decision claiming no one should read anything into his decision because he just wanted to spend time with his family.
“I don’t want anybody to draw any political narratives out of this. This is 100% a personal decision,” Yarmuth stated. “I’ll be 75 at the end of this term, and I want to control the rest of my time… I have a 2-year-old grandson, and I don’t want to miss his growing up.”
Whenever a politician claims they are retiring to spend more time with their family alarm bells go off and it is assumed there is more at play than meets the eye.
Yarmuth tried to throw reporters off the scent by claiming he had great confidence in Democrats keeping the House.
“I’m actually one of the more optimistic Democrats in terms of next year. I think we’re going to do better than historic precedent says we will. I’m not concerned about that,” Yarmuth added.
Yarmuth later clarified he thought Democrats had a 50/50 chance of keeping the House.
For those keeping score at home if a top member of a party thinks their chances of retaining power are a coin flip that means they are trying to present a public face of optimism so as not to panic donors and voters with their real feelings.
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