Rumors abound, will Nancy Pelosi retire after the 2022 midterm elections?

Rumors abound, will Nancy Pelosi retire after the 2022 midterm elections?

With the start of the new year, there has been talk of the 2022 midterm elections. It is normal conventional wisdom that the party that controls the White House tends to lose seats midway through the incumbent president’s term, but few of the more interesting speculation was about the future of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

A report from the Washington Post on Monday says Pelosi is expected to retire after midterm elections this fall.

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Will she or won’t she?

Speculation about Pelosi’s resignation started as early as October 2021 when CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to get an answer from her on his “State of the Union” show.

After being asked a second time by Tapper, Pelosi snapped back, “Why would I tell you that now? I’d probably have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind.”

At this point, 23 House Democrats have announced that they will not be reelected and are on their way to exits. This further fuels the fire of questions about who could be Pelosi’s successor?

There are several names on the list, from both factions of the Democratic Party. And while they all say they want someone to unite the party, unification or further division among mainstream Democrats and far-left progressives will depend on who gets the hammer in the end.

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Names that float

At the top of the list is Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). He would make history by being the first African American to lead either house of Congress. While choosing Jeffries would satisfy many far-left progressives, Jeffries says that while he considers himself progressive, “there is a difference between progressive Democrats and far-left Democratic socialists.”

Another name on the progressive wish list is Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). Jayapal’s selection would, to use one of the left’s favorite words, bring ‘gravitas’ to the far left wing of the party.

Jayapal said he may be competing for the job:

“I think there was a ‘holding of power’ model that worked really well for a long time, and I think now it’s more about recognizing different focus centers within the Democratic caucus that need to be brought in and brought together. It takes some acceptance of more decentralized leadership.”

Some of the tried and true of the old guard are on the list. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC). Again, in Clyburn’s case, the Democrats’ obsession with checking all the right boxes comes into play here.

Bother Hoyer and Clyburn are elder statesmen of the House, and to many the former seems natural succession. That leaves Clyburn, however, who would also make history as the first African American to lead either chamber of Congress. Clyburn being passed would undoubtedly have a lot of screaming racism, especially in the current “awakened” Democratic Party.

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Could be ugly for Democrats on Election Night

By all accounts, Election Night 2022 could indeed be an ugly night for Democrats. A December report from Politico features a Democrat strategist telling donors to essentially cash it in before 2022, bluntly telling them, “too late, we’re f***ed.”

The same report said a focus group of 2020 Biden voters was “not sure exactly what the party stands for”. A general vote on independents also had alarming news for Democrats.

Iconic Democrat strategist James Carville has recently criticized his party for succumbing to “dumb vigilance” over ideas such as defunding the police. Other problems facing the Democrats include low polls for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, inflation, the border crisis, Afghanistan, supply chain problems and high crime rates in many cities.

Republicans need only six seats to regain control of the House. As for Pelosi, she may be well on her way to soon wearing a big floppy hat wandering along a California beach.

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