Detractors of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should find something to celebrate in a recent survey of senior staffers on Capitol Hill.
The Punchbowl News poll found that 60 percent of top House staffers expect the 82-year-old Speaker to step aside after the midterms, Breitbart reported.
Top House staffers expect Pelosi to retire
The same survey found that 54 percent of House staffers in general expect Pelosi to retire, so it’s clearly an event that is widely expected in Washington. That more experienced staffers are even more likely to anticipate Pelosi’s retirement surely means something.
The top staffers told Punchbowl News that Pelosi would never “announce her retirement in the middle of a congressional session.” They also noted that Pelosi “previously said this would be her last term as speaker.”
Pelosi shocked the political world in January when she pledged to run for re-election, despite retirement rumors, her advanced age, and the likelihood of historically bad election results for her party.
Explaining her decision to stay in the game, Pelosi described a widely expected red wave scenario as a potential death blow for “democracy.”
“This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy,” she said.
Voters want Pelosi to resign
Speaking of “democracy,” voters overwhelmingly want Pelosi to step aside, a recent poll found. However, just 33 percent of Democrats agreed.
Clearly, Pelosi’s ruthlessly partisan style of politics has made her pretty popular with the left.
Pelosi, 82, joined Congress in 1987 and has led the Democratic caucus since 2003. She has controversially amassed a fortune of millions during her time in office, and in her most recent run as Speaker, won many liberal supporters by waging a crusade against President Trump and his supporters.
While progressives have long grumbled about Pelosi’s hold on the party, Democrats acknowledge that finding someone else with her iron-fisted discipline won’t be easy.
“Speaker Pelosi always comes through,” Biden aide Steve Ricchetti said in December, adding, “there’s just no one like the Speaker.” That’s certainly one way of putting it.