Ironically, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is set to grace the cover of Time magazine during the political downslope of her career, when time is a precious commodity for the 78-year-old legislator. If she isn’t forced out of the top Democratic post in the House by her own party, who view the multimillionaire as a toxic liability, Pelosi’s advanced age and declining mental faculties may just force her out of office.
An untold amount of newspaper column space has been devoted to discussing Pelosi’s blank stares, trailing sentences and elderly eccentricities, and the Democratic matriarch didn’t do herself any favors during a Wednesday press conference where she botched the names of some of her closest colleagues.
“Who’s that?” Pelosi asked before other Democrats stepped in to tell her that it was Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), a Democrat from Pelosi’s very own state delegation.
Watch Pelosi’s cringe-worthy performance below:
The House minority leader’s introductions started out smoothly enough. “If I may, you’re going to be hearing from our ranking members,” Pelosi said, referring to members of the House Democratic Caucus who were at the conference to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
Pelosi’s introductions began as she rattled off names with the familiar ease earned from dozens of hours of filibustering. She accurately identified Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) before stumbling on Roybal-Allard’s name.
But Pelosi’s problems were just beginning. The more she stumbled, the harder she fell.
America’s first female House speaker couldn’t seem to remember Rep. Brenda Lawrence’s (D-MI) last name, although she remembered that her colleague came from Michigan. “Brenda … Brenda …. well she’s, uh, she’s at all of our … events, … from, from …uh … Michigan …”
When she couldn’t seem to remember Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), he delicately stepped in and introduced himself, sparing Pelosi the embarrassment.
Perhaps the California millionaire was simply distracted. Or maybe she suffers from some sort of limited dementia that comes and goes with annoying regularity.
Pelosi’s failing memory may signal the end of a decades-long career. That is, if the socialist sharks in her own party don’t get to her first.