Nancy Pelosi can see that Democrats are in a terrible position.
And she could be about to jump ship.
Her huge secret just got leaked about a career-ending change.
Twenty-four Democrats aren’t seeking reelection in the midterm elections.
With a barely conscious president, their COVID-19 failure, rising crime, an inflation crisis and unpopular radicalism, Democratic prospects for the midterm elections aren’t good which is why many of them are choosing to step back.
Among them is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who “is expected” to retire from party leadership after the 2022 midterms, the Washington Post reported Monday.
The Democrats only have an approximately five-seat advantage so Republicans only have to win at least six seats to retake the House.
Given the Democrats’ losses in Virginia, a state Biden won by 10 points in the 2020 presidential election, things are looking bad for Democrats.
Given that the Republicans are projected to take back the House this move is hardly a surprise.
The Washington Post is already speculating which Democrats could replace Pelosi.
“Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) is the early favorite to become the next Democratic leader, but the maneuvering for power has just begun,” the publication reported, also mentioning as potential candidates Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC).
“I think we want leadership that bridges some of the different ideological wings of the party, that is committed to listening to all of the perspectives, that will be capable of helping move the Senate or things that have stalled in the House,” Khanna told the Post. “But whoever it is, I hope they would adopt progressive positions and also listen to the broad caucus and build consensus.”
The Democrats have a rising schism in their party between members from moderate parts of the country and the extreme radicals.
It’s possible that Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who represents the Congressional Progressive Caucus as chair, could even try to become speaker of the House.
“I think there was a ‘holding of power’ model that worked very well for a long time, and I think now it is more about a recognition of different centers of focus within the Democratic caucus that have to be brought in and brought together,” Jayapal told the Post. “It takes some acceptance of more-decentralized leadership.”
The Washington Post isn’t the first newspaper to speculate that Pelosi is about to leave her leadership position.
In August, The Atlantic magazine reported Pelosi will resign from her leadership role. “Sometime in the not-so-distant future, probably after next year’s midterm elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce that she’s stepping down,” the article read.
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