Pundits from both sides of the political aisle agree that Democrats are nearly guaranteed to lose majority control of the House after the results of the 2022 midterms come in, which makes the latest report concerning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) especially perplexing.
According to the Washington Examiner, a recent CNN report indicated that Pelosi will properly file to run in the 2022 midterms, even though she previously pledged to step down as speaker after this term.
It was during a round of leadership elections in 2018 that Pelosi apparently struck a deal that she would step down after this term if she was afforded the opportunity to be speaker one last time.
But the CNN report clearly indicates a contradiction of the terms of her deal. As the Examiner noted, she even affirmed her commitment to that deal as recently as last year.
What’s going on?
The Examiner also noted that the report could mean that Pelosi is simply deploying tactics to ensure that she doesn’t become a lame-duck speaker, which she’s already been labeled as by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
In addition, the bizarre report also comes on the heels of renewed talks about who might replace her as the leader of the Democratic House caucus, which are conversations she’s likely not fond of hearing about.
Such chatter could hamper Democratic candidates as they enter the 2022 midterm campaign season, as a rising crop of wannabe Democratic House leaders angle for the position.
Lastly, Pelosi’s filing for reelection might also be a move to make it look like she’s staying in the game, even with the odds greatly stacked against her party in the midterms.
It was noted that if she were to retire ahead of the 2022 election when Republicans are expected to overwhelmingly win, she could be seen as having abandoned her members and left them to fend for themselves, a legacy she’d probably want to avoid.
Pelosi finds herself in a strikingly similar situation as former Speaker Paul Ryan (R), who, ahead of the 2018 midterms, when Dems were expected to make massive gains that would relegate Republicans back to the minority side of the House.
Ryan reportedly considered running for reelection that year with the intent of resigning with the hopes of continuing to raise money for Republican candidates, but later revealed, after making his exit well ahead of the race in April 2018, that his conscience wouldn’t allow him to run for reelection knowing he would depart soon afterward.
Whatever reason Pelosi has for filing to run will eventually be revealed by her actions, but for now, let’s hope and pray that one way or another, she takes a permanent vacation from Congress.