Speaker Nancy Pelosi has arrived at a crossroads. https://t.co/fpuJ58bihJ
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) November 11, 2022
The morning after the midterm election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slipped on a sterling silver whistle given to her by her husband, who was attacked last month by an intruder at their San Francisco home.
The whistle was similar to those worn by coaches or drill sergeants, and she wore it at her office after a long night of watching election returns. Staff members were assembled for a pizza party lunch in the same conference room where she has led her party through some of the most tumultuous times at the U.S. Capitol.
She blew the whistle as she entered, and the staff cheered. With the races close and many votes still being counted, it was time for the waiting to begin. The final results will determine which party controls the House — and Pelosi’s own future…
Many expect her to retire rather than lead Democrats in a shrunken minority. The attack on her husband, Paul, made her exit seem even more likely. He was assaulted less than two weeks before the election, when a man invaded their home searching for his wife.
And yet after rising to become perhaps the most consequential House speaker in decades, Pelosi is not one to simply step aside. When asked ahead of the election if she had decided to stay or go, she said only that the attack on her spouse of nearly 60 years would be a factor…
Pelosi’s rise instantly established her place in history — not only as the first female speaker, but as the only speaker in 70 years to have won the office twice, in 2007 and again in 2019.
But it’s what Pelosi did with the gavel — steering the Affordable Care Act into law with Barack Obama and twice impeaching Donald Trump — that seals her legacy as one of the strongest political figures in America.
The day after the election, she arrived in Egypt for the international COP-27 climate change conference as she works to project U.S. influence abroad. One of her first pieces of legislation as a new lawmaker 35 years ago was climate-related…
“A lot of people would wither under the pressure that she’s under,” said Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University…
“I see that spirit in her, that no-quit — the grit,” Brinkley added, saying it reminded him of Theodore Roosevelt.
“She takes slings and arrows by the second, from all different corners, but she constantly keeps a kind of political courage, personal integrity, and no-nonsense demeanor about her,” he said. “She’s legendary.”…
Much as it would please the GOP Death Cultists and their media enablers, Pelosi is obviously not gonna step down while the votes are still being counted — or, I suspect, before the end of the lame duck session, while there’s still so much important work to be done on things like the budget. Once we’ve got a final tally on the number of Dems versus Repubs, then it wouldn’t surprise me if she chose to step down, because she’s given everything and more to save our commonwealth from the sociopaths and grifters that beset it. Her husband’s no doubt looking at a long rehabilitation, and they’re both of an age where they shouldn’t have to be scrambling.
'We want the country to heal. This is not a path that we can continue on.' — Nancy Pelosi spoke out about the attack on her husband and drew a line between the incident & the violence that occurred during the Jan 6 riots pic.twitter.com/761XhaGFWr
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 12, 2022
Lots of downside to controlling the House by one vote. Still, if Democrats sweep the remaining toss-ups in WA/AZ/CA and get to 218 seats, how amazing would it be to watch on January 3rd as Nancy Pelosi gets 218 votes for Speaker, and then goes up to take the gavel once again? pic.twitter.com/o0Z16p9jUi
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 12, 2022