Not Sad to See Her Go

Nancy Pelosi is stepping down from her leadership role for the House Democrats.

About f%$#ing time.

While I admire her ability to twist arms and count votes, which is 90% of the job, I think that she has functioned as a conservative Democrat during her time in the leadership and her time as a Representative.

Obviously, she has been pro LBNTQ rights, and anti-racist, and pro-immigration, but those are simply the cost of entry to being elected a Democrat in the Bay Area.

On the important issues, inequality, real estate speculation, insider trading by members of Congress, whom she grooms for the leadership, etc. she has been firmly right wing.

Unfortunately, her likely replacement is Hakeem Jeffries, who is a tool of Wall Street.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who broke Congress’s glass ceiling as the first woman to hold the post, announced Thursday she will not seek reelection as the House Democratic caucus’s top leader, ending one of the most consequential leadership tenures in American political history.

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In her more than three decades serving in the House, Pelosi earned a reputation for amassing power in the face of male colleagues who at times undermined her opinions, and she earned respect by delivering votes on her party’s top priorities, even if that meant twisting the arms of her colleagues to take a bill over the finish line. Pelosi’s ability to keep her caucus in line has led to bipartisan recognition that she alone may be capable of wrangling Democrats’ disparate factions. She led the House Democratic caucus through a bitter fight in 2010 to pass the Affordable Care Act, and most recently managed a razor-thin majority in passing several key pieces of President Biden’s legislative agenda. The White House said in a statement that Biden spoke with Pelosi on Thursday morning and “congratulated her on her historic tenure.”

As I have noted, she could count votes very well.

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, will run for House minority leader, according to two people familiar with the decision who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversations. Jeffries, 52, would be the first Black person to lead a party in Congress, and has long been seen as a potential heir when Pelosi stepped down.

Jeffries will be joined by Reps. Katherine M. Clark (Mass.) and Pete Aguilar (Calif.), who will seek the №2 and №3 positions, respectively. Rep. James E. Clyburn (S.C.) would stay on as assistant leader, a position that used to be third in line, but will now be fourth in the leadership structure.

While those four leaders have held private conversations about running for leadership posts, or stepping aside like Clyburn, the intentions of Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) were less clear. But minutes after Pelosi announced her decision, Hoyer announced he would not seek reelection to leadership and endorsed Jeffries for the top spot.

Unfortunately, the only credible challenger to Jeffries right now, Adam Schiff, has explicitly taken his hat out of the ring, likely because he intends to run for the Senate to replace Dianne Feinstein.

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