Just when we were beginning to count down the days until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is no longer in Congress, a bombshell new report indicates that might not be the case, after all.
According to the Washington Examiner, a recent CNN report clearly stated that it looks as though Pelosi is preparing to file to run for reelection in the 2022 midterms, even though she vowed to make this term her last as the House leader as part of the deal she made to be the speaker for this particular term.
Chatter over who might replace Pelosi after the 2022 midterms has picked up in recent weeks, which might have been the trigger for Pelosi to assure her members that she’s still in the game, though she may have ulterior, tactical motives for doing so.
It was on Sunday that CNN reported Pelosi is looking to run again, though with Republicans widely expected to overtake majority control of the House, it raises a number of questions about her true intentions.
What’s the play?
As the Examiner noted, there could be several reasons for Pelosi’s reelection intentions, which are all politically strategic in one way or another.
One of the simplest explanations is that such a move could quash the growing chatter about her possible replacement, either as the majority or minority leader of the House, depending on which party emerges victorious next year.
That’s because some believe if Democrats begin to act like sharks in chummy water with regard to angling who might take her place, it could distract from the desperate fight that numerous Democratic candidates are facing in the midterm elections.
Another thought was that if Pelosi does retire or resign ahead of the 2022 midterms, and Republicans end up beating Democrats as badly as they’re predicted to, it could tarnish Pelosi’s legacy, as it would look as though she completely abandoned her members ahead of the fight.
Ask Paul Ryan
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) found himself in a similar situation to Pelosi’s predicament ahead of the 2018 midterms, when Democrats were expected — and did — win back majority control of the lower chamber.
At one point, Ryan announced he would run for reelection in order to help Republican candidates continue to fundraise ahead of the election. He was reportedly worried that if he were to announce his exit prior to the election, fundraising efforts could be hurt.
Ultimately, Ryan announced his resignation in April of that year, far ahead of the election, citing reasons of his conscience not allowing him to seek reelection knowing he would bow out.
The report indicating Pelosi’s intentions is most likely a strategy to call off the dogs and not enter “lame-duck” status, at least, that’s the hope, as many would agree that it’ll be a momentous occasion when Pelosi is finally done with making decisions for the American public.