There is rampant speculation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will resign her position of authority and even retire from Congress altogether after the upcoming midterm elections if Republicans meet expectations and take back control of the House.
Of course, some House Republicans have grown impatient at Pelosi’s continued grasp on power and have made moves, albeit unsuccessfully, to hasten her exit from leadership ahead of the impending elections, the Conservative Brief reported.
Failed attempt to immediately oust Pelosi
At the forefront of the anti-Pelosi efforts is the GOP’s House Freedom Caucus, which attempted to immediately oust the speaker last year by way of a longshot exercise of privilege by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who appears to be the frontrunner to assume the speakership if/when his Republican Party reclaims control of the House in November.
In a July 2021 letter to Leader McCarthy, the Freedom Caucus members urged him to “file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Speaker Pelosi’s authoritarian reign.”
“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve. Speaker Pelosi has championed unconstitutional changes like allowing proxy voting and insulting security measures like metal detectors for Members coming to the floor to vote,” they wrote at that time, and there are sure to be even more complaints about Pelosi’s “authoritarian” leadership in the time that has elapsed since then.
Pelosi’s unclear future in Congress
Obviously, that effort failed to see Speaker Pelosi removed from power, but according to Newsweek in recent days, her remaining time in power may nonetheless still be short-lived, though her post-election future remains unclear.
Pelosi, who has led House Democrats in the majority and minority for 20 years, had previously insinuated that she would step aside from her role as House Speaker following the midterm elections regardless of the outcome — either to hand the Speaker’s gavel to a fellow Democrat if the majority is retained or relinquish it to Republicans if they gained control of the chamber.
That said, she is still running for re-election in her district this year and has made no formal announcements about what her plans are for the next term of Congress that will begin in January.
Next up: Kevin McCarthy or Adam Schiff?
Conventional wisdom strongly indicates that Republicans will have a banner year at the polls in November and will hold the majority in the House next January, at which point they will nominate and elect a Speaker of the House to manage the chamber’s business over the next two years.
As noted, Leader McCarthy seems most likely to succeed Pelosi as Speaker in that case, and when asked by Fox News this week if the GOP would take back the House, McCarthy replied, “I believe so. We’ll win the majority and I’ll be speaker. Yes.”
Meanwhile, over on the Democratic side of the House, The Washington Post reported recently on a somewhat surprising effort by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who raised his profile with incessant attacks against former President Donald Trump, to try and bypass the current crop of House Democratic leaders and make a play of his own to head the Democratic Caucus next year, either as Speaker if in the majority or as leader of the minority.
That move isn’t sitting well with the current leadership team, though — Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Jim Clyburn (D-SC), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) — as they obviously have their own designs on political power and, assuming it has similar results to Schiff’s anti-Trump moves, will likely end in another embarrassing failure for the California Democrat.