Rumors Abound, Will Nancy Pelosi Retire After 2022 Midterm Election?

The new year has brought to mind the midterm elections in 2022. It is normal conventional wisdom that the party in control of the White House tends to lose seats at the halfway mark of the sitting president’s term, but some of the more interesting speculation has been about the future of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 

A Washington Post report on Monday says that Pelosi is “expected” to retire after the midterm election this fall.

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Will She Or Won’t She?

Speculation about Pelosi stepping down began as early as October of 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 snarked back, “Why would I tell you that now? Probably, I would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind.”

23 House Democrats are currently denying their intention to run for reelection, and they’re heading towards the exits. This provides even more fuel to the fire of questions over who might be Pelosi’s successor? 

Both factions of Democrat Party have several names on this list. All of them want someone to unify the party. However, the ultimate winner will determine if there is any further division between rank-and-file Democrats and far left progressives.

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Names Floated

Representative Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY is at the top. As the first African American to head either chamber of Congress, he would be a historic figure. While the choice of Jeffries would satisfy many far-left progressives, Jeffries says that, while he considers himself a progressive, “there’s a difference between progressive Democrats and hard-left democratic socialists.” 

Pramila Jayapal (D–WA) is another name that progressives want to see on their wish list. The selection of Jayapal would bring, to use one of the left’s favorite words, “gravitas” to the far-left wing of the party.

Jayapal spoke out about possibly competing for the job. 

“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. It takes some acceptance of more-decentralized leadership.”

The list includes some of the most trusted and reliable old guard members. House Majority Leader Steny Hopyer (D–MD) and Majority Whip James Clyburn, (D–SC). Again, in the case of Clyburn, the Democrats’ obsession with checking all the right boxes comes into play here.

Bother Hoyer, Clyburn, are the elder statesmen in the House and, to some, it might appear that the latter is the natural successor. Clyburn would be the first African American to head either chamber of Congress. Clyburn being passed over would undoubtedly have many yelling racism, particularly in the current “woke” Democratic Party. 

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This Could be a Problem for Democrats on Election Night

According to all reports, Election Night 2022 may be a difficult night indeed for Democrats. A December report from Politico has one Democrat strategist telling donors to essentially cash it in for 2022, telling them bluntly, “too late, we’re f***ed.” 

The same report said that a focus group of 2020 Biden voters “weren’t exactly sure what the party stands for.” A generic ballot surveying independents also had alarming news for Democrats.

Iconic Democrat Strategist James Carville recently slammed his party for caving to “stupid wokeness” with ideas like defunding police. Democrats’ other problems include low poll numbers for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, inflation, the border crisis, Afghanistan, supply chain issues, and high crime in many cities. 

To regain control, Republicans will need just six seats. Pelosi could soon wear a huge floppy cap while strolling on a California beach in her big, oversized hat.