After retaking the House of Representatives in November, Democrats are set to be in the majority in a matter of days.
This means Nancy Pelosi is about to become the next House Speaker.
But while Pelosi is about to take over, she will be doing so in the worst way possible.
Nancy Pelosi has spent the past two months celebrating.
After retaking the House of Representatives in November, Pelosi has since been shoring up her support to become the next House Speaker.
But with just days to go before she takes the gavel, Pelosi is about to take over in the worst way possible.
With the Federal government shutdown dragging on into its second week, it now seems nearly inevitable that the shutdown will continue well into the new year.
That means Pelosi will be taking the Speaker’s gavel in the midst of a budget crisis with no end in sight.
For the first time in history, a House Speaker will be coming into power during a shutdown, which is hardly the best way to start her tenure as third in line to the presidency.
The AP reported, “The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year.”
Incoming acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is also now revealing how Pelosi is facing a difficult position in the lead up to her election as Speaker.
“My gut was that [Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer] was really interested in doing a deal and coming to some sort of compromise. But the more we’re hearing this week is that it’s Nancy Pelosi who’s preventing that from happening,” Mulvaney said in an interview on Fox News.
Mulvaney explained how Pelosi will continue the shutdown intentionally, at least until she is elected as House Speaker.
“[If Pelosi] cuts a deal with the president of any sort before her election on January 3rd she’s at risk of losing her speakership, so we’re in this for the long haul,” Mulvaney added.
This means Pelosi has to drive the shutdown into the new year in order to shore up her base in anticipation of being elected Speaker.
If she tries to compromise now, she may lose support from her own caucus and be defeated when the votes are cast in the House of Representatives.
But if she doesn’t act now, the shutdown will only continue to drag on.
It’s a lose-lose situation for Pelosi, who has to choose between working to ensure she becomes Speaker and working to end the shutdown which is disproportionately hurting Democrats more so than it is President Trump.
It’s unclear what path she will ultimately take, but all signs point to her continuing to dig in her heels in order to win the Speaker’s election.
Whether she then comes around to make a deal with President Trump is another matter entirely. Her hatred of President Trump may mean the shutdown continues to drag on.
We will keep you updated on any new developments in this ongoing story.