Of all the news the Washington Post could deliver, this must be some of the best in the last 18 months; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is set to retire after the 2022 midterms. Of course, it’s no surprise she must stay on through the midterms. How else could she impose her will on people for these elections if she wasn’t directly involved in trying to prevent the entire Democratic ship from sinking?
For many, this is a scary thought, though. The devil you know is often better than the devil you don’t, and her list of potential successors leaves many terrified for this country. Given the split amongst her party for who they would like to see as the Speaker next, there is a lot of animosities to be worked through and discussions to be had.
In an interview, the liberal Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) said, “I think we want leadership that bridges some of the different ideological wings of the party, that is committed to listening to all of the perspectives, that will be capable of helping move the Senate or things that have stalled in the House, and has a bold vision of what we need to achieve for the American public. But whoever it is, I hope they would adopt progressive positions and also listen to the broad caucus and build consensus.” It’s always shocking to hear a liberal talking about building consensus instead of “my way or the highway,” but then again she’s also advocating for them to be progressive anyways, so it is kind of a moot point.
The article lists people like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) as potential nominees. One person who’s not being mentioned is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). While she has stated previously that she felt that Pelosi and Schumer’s time in politics had run out, she openly admitted she was not ready to take the leap. A very out of character and mature move on her part.
A power vacuum rarely works out in anyone’s favor in politics, but for the Democrats, this may prove to be a blessing in disguise. With the current push for progressive politics and many constituents falling off the party, the Democrats may find themselves being forced to alter their beliefs to keep up with the American political system. The middle ground (a surprising majority of the people) is tired of watching the cancel culture over old statements. They are tired of the idea that things only get made right for past inequalities by making things worse for the people who had nothing to do with the past.
By having this changing of the guard following the midterm elections, the people get a chance to see someone new get into a comfortable and powerful position while other new people join the ranks. If there ever was a prime time for Pelosi to leave, it’s right now – while the ship is going down and fresh blood is stepping into politics.
Currently, the Republicans are expected to take over the House in the midterm elections. While the Democrats currently maintain a five-seat advantage, there is little reason for them to hold the edge. Between redistricting, the poor performance of the economy, skyrocketing crime, horrific immigration policies, and ever-increasing inflation, most politicians expect a big change in how people vote in the midterm elections. If the people even bother coming out in the first place.