Nancy Pelosi’s future was one of the most hotly debated topics coming out of the midterm elections.
She faced a challenge to her leadership that could spell the end of her career.
It all came to a head when Pelosi stepped up and made this shocking announcement about her retirement.
Nancy Pelosi was determined to serve again as Speaker of the House.
She gutted her rivals, bought off challengers with appointments and played a ruthless game of politics that had not been seen in Congressional leadership fights in over a generation.
That’s because enough Democrats publicly announced their opposition to prevent her from once again ascending to the position of Speaker of the House.
Pelosi then entered negotiations with the rebels.
The key sticking point became term limits for leadership.
Young Democrats did not want Pelosi and her cronies blocking them from ever rising up the ladder.
So Pelosi struck a shocking deal.
Pelosi and her Democrat opponents announced a deal that would limit leadership to service three terms in a position with the possibility of winning a fourth term with overwhelming caucus support.
“Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement in response to the deal’s announcement.
But some critics doubted the sincerity of that sentiment.
If Donald Trump wins re-election, another Democrat could have to guide the party if they retain the majority in the2020 elections.
That’s because the deal counts time served in a leadership position.
So Pelosi’s four years as Speaker from 2007 to 2011 are already baked into the cake.
That means this is her last term as Speaker unless the Democrats hold the majority and 2020 and she wins at least two-thirds support of Democrats.
But given the Democrat opposition to her this go around, that possibility seems unlikely.
Pelosi is like a vampire for power.
There is little chance she would willingly give up controlling the levels of power in the House unless this deal was all she could get.
Seven of Pelosi’s critics released a statement praising her for accepting the deal.
“We wish to thank Nancy Pelosi for her willingness to work with us to reach this agreement,” the Pelosi critics stated. “We are proud that our agreement will make lasting institutional change that will strengthen our caucus and will help develop the next generation of Democratic leaders. We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress.”
This announcement starts the clock ticking on Nancy Pelosi’s retirement.
She is officially a lame duck Speaker who is out in 2020.
How will that affect her ability to negotiate with Donald Trump in this Congress?
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.