Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has decided not to seek leadership in the next Congress with a powerful speech on the House Floor. She is confident her young followers are ready.
Nancy Pelosi gives up leadership.
It is the end of an era. I first realized how powerful Nancy Pelosi was in 2010. We all thought that as Democrats lost their filibuster-proof Senate, that Obamacare was dead. She pulled it out of the abyss and willed it through using all the techniques her strength, intellect, and knowledge of governing gave her. It does not matter what side of the aisle one is at; one cannot help but respect this woman. In my lifetime, I have seen a more powerful and effective speaker. She has been the most consequential speaker, bar none.
Almost 15 years ago, Nancy Pelosi wrote her name in the history books as the first female speaker of the House.
With the House vote to approve President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure package late Friday night, Pelosi has accomplished something else: She is now, without doubt, the most effective – and impactful speaker in the last seven decades.
That is not, in any way, a partisan statement. It is purely a reflection of Pelosi’s ability to shepherd major pieces of Democratic presidents’ agenda through a closely divided House, with a knowledge of her caucus – and the buttons that need to be pushed at the exact right time – that no one who has come before her in the job has been able to match.
It is shameful that Republicans could not stand and clap for this powerful gracious woman’s voluntary exit from Democratic leadership. It shows how small they are. But how can we expect anything else from those who could not even find the guts to abandon an insurrectionist former President?