It has been predicted Tuesday by prominent media outlet, “The Atlantic”, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be stepping down.
Atlantic staff writer Edward Isaac-Dovere boldly predicted that Pelosi will be leaving the House in favor of new Democratic darling Hakeem Jeffries. The opening paragraph reads, “Sometime in the not-so-distant future, probably after next year’s midterm elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce that she’s stepping down. Her top deputies, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, aspire to her job, but they’re also in their early 80s, and most Democrats in and out of Congress are counting on them to step aside too. Of course, they all have stock responses denying that anyone is ever going anywhere.”
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As Kyle Becker of TrendingPolitics.com reports, “And pretty much every Democrat in Congress and beyond is confident that Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York will be the next speaker of the House, if Democrats manage to hold on to their majority next year—or the minority leader if they lose it,”
According to Isaac-Dovere’s report that “for the first time since Barack Obama was a state senator, House Democrats are on the verge of getting new leaders. And pretty much every Democrat in Congress and beyond is confident that Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York will be the next speaker of the House, if Democrats manage to hold on to their majority next year—or the minority leader if they lose it.”
The article goes on to state that “Democratic members of Congress won’t talk about any of this publicly, as if Pelosi might suddenly appear and pull their hearts from their chests. Jeffries, carefully, left it at telling me that growing up in a Black church taught him to respect and value his elders. But none of the two dozen Democratic members of Congress and party insiders I spoke with privately could present a serious alternative to Jeffries. He’d have the support of the Congressional Black Caucus, which is stacked with influential members. He’s popular with his colleagues, even those who grumble that he was too meek to challenge Pelosi earlier—“Hakeem is really good at taking in both ideas but also criticism, and not being defensive about it,” said Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Jeffries’s close ally in House leadership, who is expected to end up in the No. 2 spot if he’s No. 1. In conversations with colleagues, Clark and Jeffries have said they’re moving forward as a team, determined to avoid the rumbling rivalry Pelosi and Hoyer have had since their days as congressional interns, in 1963“.
Pelosi, for her part, according Newsmax.com, who isn’t exactly a spring chicken at 81 years old, has said back in 2018 that she was a “bridge to the next generation of leaders” and agreed to a deal that she would serve as speaker for no more than four years.
Time will tell if The Atlantic’s prognostication will be realized, but any future where Pelosi is, as it were, voted off the island and no longer graces the political landscape is a future that just might not be all that bad after all.