The End of an Era

Weaponized Pelosi
(Idea stolen without shame from the much-missed Zaius Nation)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and the rest of the leadership in the House) has stepped down, but will remain in Congress. Politico’s email thingie:

PELOSI TAKES A BOW — Speaker NANCY PELOSI will step aside as House Democrats’ top leader after 15 years, she announced on the floor early Thursday afternoon. She said she will continue to serve in the House from the back benches.

“The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” she said to a chamber packed full of Democrats who had assembled to pay tribute to her remarkable career. “And I am grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”

Pelosi, wearing her suffragist-white pantsuit and gold mace pin, quoted her most treasured role model, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, calling on the country to “come together, to swell the chorus of the union, when once again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature.”

“That again is the task at hand,” she said. “A new day is dawning on the horizon, and I look forward, always forward, to the unfolding story of our nation, a story of light and love, of patriotism and progress, of many becoming one. And always an unfinished mission to make the dreams of today the reality of tomorrow.”

Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER walked over from the Senate to hear her speech. A few Republicans — including House Majority Leader-elect STEVE SCALISE and Reps. YOUNG KIM (R-Calif.) and JOE WILSON (R-S.C.) — sat in the front row to take in the moment, per NBC’s Scott Wong.

Wilson, who famously yelled “You lie!” at former President BARACK OBAMA during a 2009 joint address, saluted the outgoing leader at the end of a brief floor speech this morning: “Godspeed, Nancy Pelosi,” he said.

President JOE BIDEN spoke with Pelosi before her address “and congratulated her on her historic tenure as Speaker of the House,” according to a White House statement.

THE NEXT GEN — Pelosi’s move paves the way for three up-and-comers who have been carefully orchestrating their own rise: Rep. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D-N.Y.), the caucus chairman; Rep. KATHERINE CLARK (D-Mass.), the assistant speaker; and Rep. PETE AGUILAR (D-Calif.), the caucus vice chair, are now respectively set to claim the top three Democratic leadership positions — minority leader, whip and caucus chair.

The transition, it appears, will be bloodless.

Moments after her speech, House Majority Leader STENY HOYER (D-Md.) announced that he would also step aside for the youngsters, staving off what would have been a contentious leadership battle between the younger generation and the Maryland Democrat.

Majority Whip JIM CLYBURN, meanwhile, is expected to remain in leadership as assistant Democratic leader — a position first created for Clyburn back when Democrats last transitioned to the minority in 2011. It’s a position that comes without specific responsibilities but reflects Clyburn’s outsize role as a mentor and adviser to Jeffries.

With the three senior leaders peacefully passing the torch, Dems now appear to be headed into the next Congress with their new, muscular minority walking (mostly) in lockstep.

And so the most successful speakership in my lifetime ends. I sincerely hope Nancy Pelosi starts a Leadership School and passes whatever is the secret to her success to the next generation(s). If she could bottle it and sell it, that would be good too.

UPDATE 1:

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6 Responses to The End of an Era

  1. laura says:

    Just Win Baby.
    What a boss, what a Leader. I’m grateful to her for the entirety of her public service in office.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. And so the most successful speakership in my lifetime ends.

    Yours and anyone elses back forever.

    Nancy SMASH will be missed.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. I’m gonna miss her hands too. Nobody so articulately & artistically gesticulates like Pelosi. 🖖🏼✊🏼🖐🏼👍🏼👉🏼✊🏼👆🏼👋🏼✋🏼 … 😞

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  4. Martin Pollard says:

    Current scuttlebutt is that she’s been mentoring Hakeem Jeffries to take her place. The MAGA tears that’ll flow when the Trumplicans have to deal with a Black man as minority leader (and, someday, speaker?) will be enough to refill Lake Tahoe.

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  5. w3ski4me says:

    Scary times. Pelosi was effective in her position, a newbie is not going to be as much. I understand her reasons for leaving her position, but it makes me sad and apprehensive about the future.
    w3ski

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