In 2018, Pelosi promised seven House Democrats she would back “term limits for the top three Democratic leaders” so she could get the votes to make her Speaker of the House.
The promise meant Pelosi could not remain Speaker after 2022.
Oh, look. Pelosi is likely breaking that promise:
She is planning to file and run for reelection in her San Francisco district next year — at least for now — in keeping with her pattern of deciding about staying in Congress after the elections, when she likely will have won an 18th full term.
And sources familiar with Pelosi’s thinking say she isn’t ruling out the possibility of trying to stay in leadership after 2022, despite her original vow to leave as the top House Democrat. She’ll devote much of next year to raising money for Democrats as they try to hold their narrow majority, those sources tell CNN, adding to the nearly $1 billion her office calculates she has already raised for Democrats in her time as leader.
Normally I do not like anonymous sources, but those who spoke to CNN demanded it so Pelosi wouldn’t punish them. I do not blame them since the woman is obsessed with power and control.
The House Democrats are in disarray. I’ve often said that the Democrats managed to keep going because they keep their quarrels behind closed doors. They put on a united front.
The strategy no longer exists:
Still, the speaker is also losing her grip on House Democrats. Interviews with her colleagues reveal a struggle to keep up with members who are less concerned with loyalty and allegiance and more willing to blow up negotiations for the sake of a boost on social media or TV. She faced repeated rebellions the last few months, they say. She rescheduled votes over and over because she couldn’t get her caucus together — as Biden and top White House aides lost patience with House Democrats’ constant drama. She got so irritated with Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal that she gave the Washington state Democrat the silent treatment for several days, according to several lawmakers who heard of it from the shunned colleague.
A lot of Democrats want Pelosi to go away and allow a younger leadership to emerge. But they’re also scared about what will happen after she leaves, mainly because she has not done anything to prepare the caucus:
Admirers and detractors both confess to a sense of dread about what things will be like after Pelosi leaves. Her grip on House Democrats may be looser than it was, but whoever comes after her won’t have anywhere near that control. And with everyone expecting her departure to come soon, many complained to CNN that she hasn’t prepared her caucus for the post-Pelosi era, though she has worked to groom several of the top prospects to succeed her.
Well, it might not become an issue because the Democrats already have a slim lead in the House. Democrats are retiring left and right. Reports hint the Republicans could take over in 2022.DONATE
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