Why Nancy Pelosi running for re-election is good for the Democratic Party

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will seek re-election in the 2022 midterms. She can make it worthwhile by willingly passing the baton to progressives.

1/27/2022 12:14:00 AM

.thereidout Blog: Whether Speaker Pelosi’s re-election bid helps or harms Democrats will depend on whether she'll seek to retain the speakership. And that’s where she can find her middle ground.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will seek re-election in the 2022 midterms. She can make it worthwhile by willingly passing the baton to progressives.

next January.“While we’ve made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives,” Pelosi said in avideo announcementposted on Twitter. “Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth, the assault on the U.S. Capitol, and the state-by-state assault on voting rights.”

In this year’s “crucial” elections, Pelosi said, “nothing less is at stake than our democracy. But as we say: We don’t agonize, we organize.”Whether Pelosi’s re-election bid helps or harms Democrats will depend on whether she'll seek to retain her speakership.

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thereidout When speaker pelosi was losing her mind games against Trump everybody kept saying no no she's a genius she's a mastermind well I haven't seen it. She may make a lot of money for the party but as far as getting things done for the American people she does not. thereidout Nobody can successfully sidestep the republican bullshit like Nancy Pelosi. And I'm really not a Pelosi fan, since 'impeachment is off the table' for Shrub. But she is the one needed at this moment.

thereidout Few people have 👏 the privileged of such a supportive and giving friend. I am beyond lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for being there for me yet again. I am so grateful that you are in my life Harold_Berry4 thereidout If regressive status quo Pelosi runs. It keeps her stock insider info access while cashing out. Ices-out a voter primary Progressive replacement pick. Later steps down to let the corporatist Dem Gov. appoint another corporatist Dem to stuff her House slot with some DNCdemocracy.

thereidout Term limits!!! thereidout She’s already been in office longer than I’ve been alive. Time for her to go. thereidout Pelosi owes it to the Democratic Party to make sure that the strongest possible House Minority Leader emerges after the election of 2022. I believe she can best help facilitate that transition from a seat in Congress. Someone capable of dealing with Speaker Jim Jordan.

thereidout “…..retain the speakership….” Do NOT believe a new REPUBLICAN House majority, by a vast margin, Would consider her. But hey. What do I know! VOTE EVERY DEMOCRAT THE HELL OUT! msdnc just lies thereidout She needs to step down and let go of power. Her views are outdated and do not have the strength to fight this new Republican Trumpian party.

MalcolmNance thereidout I absolutely LOVE Nancy. My 23yo son & 19yo don’t care for her. So there’s a huge generation gap with the approval rating. I suppose that’s a significant issue yo consider wrt maintaining control of the House.

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Congress next January. “While we’ve made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives,” Pelosi said in a video announcement posted on Twitter. “Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth, the assault on the U.S. Capitol, and the state-by-state assault on voting rights.” In this year’s “crucial” elections, Pelosi said, “nothing less is at stake than our democracy. But as we say: We don’t agonize, we organize.” Whether Pelosi’s re-election bid helps or harms Democrats will depend on whether she'll seek to retain her speakership. As I see it, Pelosi had two clear choices to make on re-election — and neither would serve Democrats well in the future. Meeting those two choices somewhere in the middle, which she can still do, is the best remaining option, and it's one with a lot of potential. Like many of her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi could have announced her retirement ahead of this year’s midterms, which many people are writing off as a guaranteed disaster for her party (largely due to Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression). But the House speaker hitting the eject button on herself ahead of a tough election cycle would only feed into the belief that Democrats are preparing to get shellacked in November. That’d be a questionable choice for someone like Pelosi, who seems genuinely invested in Democrats’ future legislative hopes. (However, she is 81, and the choice would have been understandable). Conversely, Pelosi’s re-election plans could be viewed by some as the House speaker going full Leo DeCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” defiantly refusing to leave her position out of sheer hunger for power. Democrats should hope that’s not the case. Ultimately, whether Pelosi’s re-election bid helps or harms Democrats will depend on whether she'll seek to retain the speakership. And that’s where she can find her middle ground: remaining in Congress but wielding her power to usher in and uplift new, progressive leadership to take over — not down the line, but literally as soon as possible. In 2018, Pelosi struck a deal with some House progressives who agreed to vote for her as speaker if she agreed to term limits for the speakership. The policy, which was never formalized, would block her from serving a fifth term. At the time of the vote, Pelosi said she’d abide by the policy “whether it passes or not.” Back then, Pelosi said she sees herself as a “bridge to the next generation of leaders.” She can be that — in emphatic fashion — by remaining in Congress but willingly passing the baton, maybe even the gavel, to rising progressives in her party. Related posts: