In what could arguably be interpreted as a signal about her plans in the relatively near future, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was reluctant to state over the weekend that she in fact intends to seek another term in Congress, as the Washington Examiner reports.
The 81-year-old Democrat appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, who put the question bluntly to the speaker, saying, “I do want to ask you about your own future in Congress. Are you going to run for reelection?”
Pelosi, who has held her San Francisco-area seat since 1987, jokingly replied, “Oh, you think I’m going to make an announcement right here and now?” After a few more rounds of vague back-and-forth on the subject, the speaker finally said, “Well, probably I would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind.” WATCH:
With House Democrats presently working with a razor-thin majority and facing anticipated losses in next year’s midterms, Pelosi may well feel that it will soon be precisely the right time to exit the political stage once and for all.
If historical electoral trends prevail next November, and the GOP retakes the lower chamber, current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is considered a favorite to receive the speaker’s gavel, and he has made no secret of the fact that he already views Pelosi as a lame duck who is conducting herself accordingly.
McCarthy recently slammed Pelosi for traveling to Europe in the midst of continued chaos within her own party over the debt ceiling crisis which, while temporarily solved with the help of Republicans earlier this month, is poised to rear its head again at year’s end.
The California Republican went on to describe Pelosi’s recent agenda as one that looks more like a “farewell tour,” pointing to the fact that in the sweeping reconciliation bill her party has been championing, the speaker carved out “$200 million from our hard-working taxpayers for a park in her district,” perhaps as a legacy-building exercise.
Even if Pelosi’s Democrats were somehow able to retain control of the House in 2022, the speaker has previously hinted that she would abide by the terms of an agreement made with far-left progressive legislators to limit her tenure at the held of the chamber. Whether that would mercifully usher in an era of more balanced leadership, or would bring about something far more dangerous, however, remains unclear.