House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) has been a fixture in Congress since 1987, and has been actively involved in politics since 1981.
Despite this record of spending four decades representing her party and the people of her California congressional district, former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson believes Pelosi is no longer the person for the job and is now backing Pelosi’s progressive primary challenger, Shahid Buttar, Fox News reports.
Williamson endorses Buttar
Pelosi used to be a different type of politician, and early in her career she was a true maverick who advocated genuinely on behalf of the liberal agenda.
With the passage of time, as is often the case in politics, Pelosi’s focus shifted to whatever her donors wanted instead of what the voters who elected her actually needed.
According to the Washington Examiner, Williamson took the time to praise Pelosi’s history of achievement, stating that the longtime Democratic leader “really paved the way in profound ways for women such as myself,” but then the other shoe dropped when Williamson turned around and endorsed Pelosi’s congressional challenger, saying:
We need to take a strong stand for the progressive vision that many of us feel is absolutely essential, not only for the future of our country but also for this next election. And as a consequence, I am now endorsing Shahid Buttar for the congressional seat in the San Francisco district where Nancy Pelosi now serves.
Out with the old
Pelosi and other leaders in the Democratic Party have welcomed aggressive progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) into the fold whenever it has been politically expedient to do so, but she has also frequently treated them like children.
The far-left firebrands are permitted to speak and introduce policy ideas only when Pelosi says it is okay.
Pelosi demands their backing and their votes, but she does not want to give them a meaningful voice within the party, likely because she fears her own power will necessarily be diminished.
Williamson, who is a lifelong Democrat but also someone who has occasionally strayed from the party line, believes the time has come to eliminate stagnated fixtures such as Pelosi from D.C. once and for all.
Since Pelosi is not term-limited, and people like her can entrench themselves in a seat for decades, perhaps Williamson sees that bold action of this nature is the only way to go about removing someone like the speaker from office.
Williamson’s endorsement also goes to show that no matter how hard the Democrats try to paint a picture of unity, there truly is a power struggle going on right now between the old guard and the new.
There can be little doubt that such a scenario really could spell big trouble for the left come November.