Well Nancy, it’s been quite a run.
According to a report from the Washington Post, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will step down as speaker after the 2022 midterm elections. Democratic insiders agree it’s time for some new blood.
“After almost 19 years as House Democratic leader, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is expected to step down at the close of this Congress, ending a historic career that included trying to end George W. Bush’s Iraq War, implementing President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, impeaching President Donald Trump twice and squeezing President Biden’s sweeping agenda through a narrowly controlled House,” the Post’s Marianna Sotomayor wrote.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is rumored to be Pelosi’s replacement but, traditionally, the job would go to one of the Speaker’s lieutenants: majority leader Steny Hoyer or majority whip Jim Clyburn.
But, like Pelosi, they are getting up there in age —and Dems demand fresh blood.
“Typically, that job would fall to one of the speaker’s top two lieutenants, the majority leader, Steny Hoyer, and majority whip, Jim Clyburn. However, both of them, like Pelosi, are in their early 80s, which has sparked questions about whether it may be time for some fresh faces to manage the House Democratic caucus,” the Guardian reported earlier this year.
Pelois steps down with waning popularity among her constituents. In a recent Gallup Poll, Madame Speaker was the second least popular politician with 58 percent of respondents disapproving of her job. The least popular —Mitch McConnel with 63 percent.