Is This the Beginning of the End for Pelosi?

Is This the Beginning of the End for Pelosi?

( – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has served in Congress representing California’s 12 Congressional District for 31 years. Last year, there was chatter that she might not run again. However, she did and easily won re-election. Now, it appears this could be the beginning of the end for the long-time congresswoman.

On Wednesday, November 18, Pelosi secured the Democratic caucus’s nomination to serve once again as speaker of the House. This will be the fourth time she’s served in this capacity. Pelosi first became Speaker in 2007, when her peers elected her as the first woman ever to serve in the role. In 2019, she regained the gavel again. If elected by the Congress to the position once again, it will take place on January 3rd.

However, there’s no guarantee Pelosi will be Speaker in the 117th Congress. She will need a majority of the entire House. Some members on the far-left have expressed dismay at her leadership after Democrats underperformed in the 2020 election. It’s the narrowest majority either party has had in a century. Democrats were expected to pick up as many as 20 or more seats. However, not one Republican incumbent lost, and even added seats as they defeated Democratic incumbents.

Currently, Democrats hold a 15-seat majority in the House. However, it could still shrink as there are 11 races still undecided.

Is This it for Pelosi?

On Wednesday, November 18, Pelosi indicated it might be her last term in Congress. In a press conference, the speaker was questioned about a recent idea to install term limits for House leadership. Some members feel that it’s long overdue.

Pelosi added that whatever the Congress decides, she’s fine with it. She added that she and her husband “never expected to have another term now.”

It’s an interesting statement given the overwhelming popularity Pelosi has within her distinct. For all intents and purposes, Pelosi is untouchable. The only conclusion one can draw is that she didn’t intend to run again.

Pelosi will be 81 years old on March 26. If this is her last run, it’ll likely be under a Democratic president. As a result, Pelosi said she hoped her comment wouldn’t undermine “any leverage I may have.” The speaker is planning a bold Liberal agenda for the next two years.

However, that agenda will likely be thwarted in a Republican-led Senate if Republicans win one of the two runoff elections on January 5.

Pelosi concluded the Wednesday press conference by saying it’s a gift to work with Joe Biden for the next two years.

Will she get much done?

That remains to be seen.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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