House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)has been conspicuously silent on rumors that she might be leaving politics at the end of the current term, according to Fox News.
The publication reported that while the rumors about the longtime California Democrat lower-ranking Democrats may already be looking to fill her position as one of he most powerful figures in American politics.
“My gut would tell me that this would be her last term,” Democratic House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told The Hill. “I see a lot of people who would be the presumed successors donating a lot of money to their colleagues.”
If Pelosi were to leave her position in the House of Representative she would hardly be alone.
No less than 23 Democrat legislators have vowed to leave their seats, some leaving politics altogether and some moving to other positions or into the private sector.
This veritable typhoon of departures from the left side of the political aisle has caused what some have called a destabilization amongst the party’s rank and file population which has brought with it a plethora of questions.
Included in the quandaries that many Democrats are looking for answers to is who will lead the party if Pelosi is gone and President Joe Biden’s popularity dwindles.
Another issue adjacent to that one is the question of whether the party is pulling too far to both the left and the right with moderates feeling more disconnected to progressives.
Two such examples of that divide are Sens. Joe Manchin and Krystin Sinema who have stood against the party platform on multiple occasions, most recently on the push to do away with the filibuster.
Conversely, the “Squad” has been castigating the typical policy decision of the DNC, calling even Pelosi’s leadership just not enough of the far left agenda, making the future of leadership unsure.
As it stands currently, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) would likely be first in line to replace Pelosi should she confirm her departure, followed by House Majority Whip James Clyburn, (D-SC).
However, neither of them have announced any plans to lobby for the position.