October 21, 2021 2:24 pm
Nancy Pelosi looks to guide congressional Democrats through midterms, 2024 election

Nancy Pelosi looks to guide congressional Democrats through midterms, 2024 election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated to party leaders that she intends on staying around through the 2024 elections and hopes the shadow of former President Trump can help Democrats defend their slim House margin in the midterm elections next January.

But these hopes will be severely dented if Mrs. Pelosi is unable to pull off a rabbit in the messy negotiations regarding President Biden’s $1 Trillion infrastructure plan and $3.5 Trillion reconciliation package.

The bills have divided the moderate and liberal wings in her caucus.

The spotlight is on the 81-year-old Mrs. Pelosi‘s ability to salvage her party’s agenda, and on her future as the leader of a Democratic caucus riven by generational and ideological differences.

Rep. Gregory Meeks stated that he doesn’t know what the future holds for Mrs. Pelosi ,, but claimed there is no one he ‘ would rather have leading the ship.

She is focused on everybody in that room,” Mr. Meeks said. “She keeps a notepad and notes …. for every speaker, no matter their status, so she can keep track of them all,” Mr. Meeks said. She is speaking to people and answering phones .”

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The New York Democrat stated, “That’s what a leader does and that’s how you can bring people closer together.” It is easy to say what you are doing, and then there is a revolt. She’s not doing that .”

Rep. Pramila Japal, co-chair, of the progressive caucus said that Mrs. Pelosi was listening to the more liberal members.

“Let us just remember that the speaker has been a great advocate for this agenda,” said the Washington Democrat to reporters on Capitol Hill.

She has really been pushing this agenda and she and I have been in touch daily on it,” she said. “So, no, I don’t think underestimated us. I think she was trying to do as much as she could to get this done, which I greatly appreciate.”

The daughter of a former congressman and mayor of Baltimore, Mrs. Pelosi has represented the San Francisco area since 1987.

Mr. Biden has heavily relied on Mrs. Pelosi .. He hasn’t been a regular on Capitol Hill for over a decade, and there are hundreds of lawmakers elected since then who never rubbed elbows with him during his 40 years in the U.S. Senate.

At this week’s congressional baseball game, Mrs. Pelosi was caught on camera engaging in animated conversation via her cellphone, while Mr. Biden gave out ice cream bars.

Mrs. Pelosi‘s efforts have been full of fits and starts. She voted more than once and has added urgency to the atmosphere in the halls.

Republicans have, in turn, demonized Mrs. Pelosi , and tried to stop her attempts to derail her efforts by warning that the bills are part her party’s push to “transform the nation.”

” The alarms are flashing around us,” Rep. Tom McClintock said on Friday, C-SPAN. He is a member the House Budget Committee. “We are in grave danger as a nation .”

” We are already witnessing rising interest rates, wicked inflation is brewing, but that is only the beginning,” said the California Republican. “So the idea of hitting the snooze button after all these alarms seems to be increasingly irresponsible.”

Whatever happens to Mr. Biden’s agenda, it will have a significant impact on the political landscape going into the 2022 Midterm Elections.

Democrats are fighting for their slim majority in the House , and Senate.

History suggests that Republicans are well-positioned to flip control of the House, where Democrats hold a 220-212 edge.

The majority party has picked up seats in a midterm election only twice — in 2002 and 1998 — since World War II.

Another bad omen: Mr. Biden’s approval rating has sunk below 50% following the chaotic withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan and the recent surge in the coronavirus Delta variant.

Democrats place their hopes on Mr. Trump , dragging down Republicans while delivering legislation victories that could boost incumbents running for elective districts or toss-up States.

For her portion, Mrs. Pelosi ,, a prodigious fundraiser has struck an optimist note. She suggested that this week she feels most at home in the political trenches or under the gun.

” You cannot tire. “You cannot concede,” she stated. “This is the fun part .”

Mrs. Pelosi has been the top House Democrat since she was elected the first woman speaker in 2007, and has been able to snuff out leadership challenges – including in 2018, when she struck a deal with liberal progressive lawmakers by agreeing to serve as speaker for no longer than four years.

She‘s led the party through some fierce political battles.

She was instrumental in passing a $700 billion rescue package for Wall Street, financial institutions and automakers, and passing the Affordable Care Act, which proved detrimental to Democrats in the 2010 elections, but over time has become immensely popular with the public.

Indeed is credited with helping Democrats win back the lower chamber. Mrs. Pelosi was able to return to her position as speaker.

“The speaker is a testament to her long and successful career. “Do not underestimate her abilities to get things done,” stated Doug Thornell, a Democratic strategist. “Her legacy is established as a transformative speaker and all the drama right now will not affect that. Because she is a winner, she has the respect of her caucus. I fully expect that at the end of the year Democrats will have a major legislative victory that will cement her standing .”

The political world has been abuzz with speculation about her willingness to fulfill her end of the deal and relinquish her speaker’s chair next year. If so, who will replace her?

The rise of a new generation and an insurgent left-wing of the party have set the stage for a possible change of guard.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffreys has emerged as a potential contender, but the New York Democrat has fought back with the progressive liberals in the caucus.

The scenario raises doubts about whether Mr. Jeffries can secure enough support, and whether Mrs. Pelosi could form a winning coalition.

” I don’t believe she will go anywhere because there aren’t any clear alternatives,” stated David McCuan of Sonoma University’s political science department.

Mr. McCuan stated that her chances of remaining as leader could be impacted if Democrats fail pass legislation and Republicans flip House next.

” You don’t want a song that pops in your mouth to be the swan song of your life,” he stated.

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