Skip to comments.What now for Pelosi?
Posted on 01/31/2014 6:35:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
The retirement of two of Nancy Pelosi's closest confidants is raising questions about whether the House Democratic leader's reign could be nearing an end.
The pending departures of Reps. George Miller and Henry Waxman mean Pelosi will have to do without her most trusted lieutenants if she decides to run again as Democratic leader.
The two fellow California Democrats helped engineer the major achievements of her speakership on healthcare and climate change, and could be counted on during good times and bad.
One former Democratic leadership aide described the loss as a substantial changing of the guard a transition stirring speculation Pelosi will not stay on as leader despite her insistence that her work is not done.
I have to think she's gone in '15 since it does not look like they take the House back, the former leadership aide said.
Hours after Waxman announced his retirement, Pelosi said she was running for reelection and had already started the paperwork process.
Yet many Democrats read little into that decision.
They say that Pelosi leaving in 2014 was never a realistic option. Shes been a whirlwind fundraiser this Congress, breaking all previous records for the party with a $35 million haul in 2013 alone, according to her office. If she stepped aside, the morale for already out-of-power Democrats would crater.
Pelosis inner circle insists that the wave of veteran retirements which also includes another friend in Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D) is no indication she's also on her way out.
One source close to the minority leader said the exodus says nothing about her future plans.
Pelosi isn't in Congress on a shift, but on a mission, the source said. She's raising record amounts of money and member dues participation is at 88 percent. She focused on hitting the trail hard and with her help the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] is out-raising every other campaign committee. We will have the resources to put the House in play.
Moran said Thursday that the string of retirements won't diminish in any way Pelosi's influence or effectiveness on Capitol Hill.
Life goes on, Moran said by phone.
Moran argued that the Democrats have plenty of talented young lawmakers ready to step in to fill the void created by the retiring veterans, which could make it easier for Pelosi to stay. Still, the 12-term Virginian acknowledged that it will be near-impossible to replace the institutional knowledge set to walk out the door.
"We do have a strong bench," Moran said. "But people like Henry and George, they are irreplaceable."
The 73-year-old Pelosi is famously private about her future plans, ever-insisting that she's focused on the current year's business both the politics and the policy but not beyond.
She defied the prognosticators who thought she would step out of leadership after the disastrous 2010 elections, which saw the Democrats lose 63 seats and control of the Speaker's gavel. And Pelosi disregarded the skeptics once more in 2012, when the Democrats picked up eight seats but not enough to retake the lower chamber.
A number of Democratic sources on and off Capitol Hill are guessing a potential presidential run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would keep Pelosi a tireless voice for women's empowerment around at least through 2016.
The first woman Speaker of the House would want to help the first woman president of the United States, said one Democratic aide. I don't see anything that shows she's heading for the exits.
A second House Democratic aide echoed that message, saying it's "highly doubtful" Pelosi would step down ahead of a potential Clinton run.
"We're about to come up on an historic election, so it would be a strange time to throw in the towel," the aide said.
Pelosi herself has been effusive in praising Clinton ahead of what would be her second run for the White House.
I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States, Pelosi said last May in Arkansas, comments that suggest she is excited at the possibility she could be a House ally of the first female president assuming Clinton runs and wins.
Pelosi said Clinton would be the most qualified person to enter the White House in modern history.
Now, that she happens to be a woman - that is a spectacular thing, Pelosi said.
Might I respectfully suggest that she be placed head down in a hole and the hole filled with dog vomit?
I cannot say whe *I* wish for her, lest I be banned. :)
Another stretch job, of course.
IOW - Pelosi’s too STUPID to jump a sinking ship with the other rats? LOL!
I’d very disrespectfully suggest suicide, asap.
She will hang around and get reelected in her district, but if the Dems. lose more seats in the 2014 election she will not be reelected Minority leader and will resign her seat in 2015.
Personally, I think she’s been in a state of encouraged dementia for about 5 years now. I don’t think she has the mental capacity to cogently argue the merits of anything, pro or con, except that she can resort to established Democrat dogma and play like she really has something to contribute.
She is nothing more than a figurehead ideologue who can be counted on to respond positively to anything Democrat, and she doesn’t even have the wits to understand the absurdity that comes out of her mouth.
I could make a suggestion, but I don’t think I can say what I really feel. Suffice it to say, I do not wish her well, not even a little bit.
I can’t imagine how this evil witch stayed in power after losing the house
I ran into one person like that in a government agency I worked for- you either did things her way or she set out to destry you- I swear she did nothing but backstabbing all day long
Fortunately I was the only one who could get the job done so everyone in the office got a thrill of me telling her to go F herself all the time
She won’t leave as long as there’s still one nickel for her to steal from the public treasury.
As I’ve said before... there’s a very nice mental health care facility at Imola, CA, next to Napa.. Pelosi can check in there, while never being far from her family’s vineyard up Rte 29. She can obtain an occasional weekend pass to visit it. Otherwise, for her safety and that of those around her, she should be locked away and closely supervised.
I have no doubt of that... the drivel that has spewed from her oral orifice has gotten exponentially more bizarre in that time span.
> Fortunately I was the only one who could get the job done so everyone in the office got a thrill of me telling her to go F herself all the time
could you do it again just for ole time’s sake?...;)
Nor do her acolytes, the democrat voters.
She’s been polishing up her gavel, ready to take over after the current democrat-lite Speaker is done.
She won’t be gone until we hear the sound of a house falling out of the sky.
That’s true. We have to engineer an extended disruption of their entitlement support system to make them start to listen to reason. However this also has a near-certain risk of large-scale rioting.
Whatever the remedy to correct this, it will be drastic in one way or another. And, my belief is that the remedy won’t be ‘chosen’. It will come in the form of an economic breakdown.
Is it true?
Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz really the bastard daughter of Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi?