Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco has been the face of the Democrat Party.
During her tenure in party leadership, Democrats have moved radically Left of where it was pre-Pelosi.
But now Pelosi is refusing to accept her demotion to the minority and just took one unthinkable step.
Republicans now have the control of the House
It took more than a week of counting votes, but enough U.S. House races have now been called to declare the Republicans will take control of the Lower Chamber – though just barely.
Before the 2022 Midterms, Democrats held a narrow 5-seat advantage in the House.
A red wave never came on election day, and while there are still races where ballots are still being counted, it looks as though the GOP may have an even slimmer lead than Democrats had when Congress reconvenes in 2023.
Prior to the election, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was bullish on her party’s chances of sweeping the Midterms and not only keeping their majorities, but adding to them.
Now she’s not taking her loss graciously.
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Her Goodbye
The Democrat Representative from San Francisco has announced, while she’ll remain in Congress for now, she is stepping down from party leadership.
“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said. “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic Congress that I so deeply respect. And I am grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”
This marks the end of Pelosi’s two-decade run as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.
There were rumbling within the party prior to election day that fresh blood was desired at the head of the caucus.
At the time, the 82-year-old wasn’t willing to hear those arguments.
But now she has conceded.
Fresh blood in Democrat House Leadership
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York is rumored around the beltway to be the leading candidate to take Pelosi’s spot.
Were Jeffries to become House Minority Leader, the backbencher would be leapfrogging many bigger name members and Congressmen with more seniority ahead of him.
“I’m very comfortable saying I believe that every member of the Congressional Black Caucus would vote for Hakeem Jeffries,” said CBC Chairwoman Democrat Joyce Beatty of Ohio.
Current House Majority Leader, Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland has been Pelosi’s long-time second in command.
However, the 83-year-old Hoyer has said he will not run for Minority Leader, and in-fact, is also stepping down from leadership.
So too is Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina.
Rep. Clyburn, like Pelosi, is 82-years-old.
With Pelosi, Hoyer, and Clyburn all relinquishing their leadership posts, it opens the door for the next generation of radical Democrats to step in and push the party even further to the extreme Left.
While House Democrats are welcoming new leadership following an election where they over performed – the House GOP has re-elected their current leadership team following a very disappointing election cycle.