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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stubbornly refused on Sunday to tell CNN’s Jake Tapper whether she plans to run for reelection in 2022.
While it seems highly unlikely that she won’t run for reelection, what with her prominence in the party, Pelosi’s refusal to be upfront about her intentions has some wondering if maybe, just maybe, the “wicked witch” may finally be bowing out.
Asked by Tapper whether she intends “to run for reelection,” the Democrat leader instead deflected by spewing some snark.
“Oh, you think I’m going to make an announcement right here and now?” she said, bursting into laughter.
“Yes. Why not?” Tapper replied.
Because Pelosi has run for reelection nearly two dozen times throughout her career, the assumption has always been — and remains — that she’ll run for reelection.
“I will have to be on many more times than that,” Pelosi replied.
It’s not clear what she meant.
“You’re going to run for reelection, though, yes?” Tapper pressed once more.
“Why would I tell you that now?” the House Speaker replied.
But why wouldn’t she tell him now? Some believe it could be a sign that she intends to bow out.
Back in 2018, she caved to the “progressive” wing of the party and agreed to only serve as Speaker for four additional years max in exchange for them voting her into that role.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 13, 2018
Because she’s always served as speaker for the past 20 years straight (whenever Democrats have been in power, that is), there’s a suspicion that she can’t stand the idea of remaining in Congress without the added power.
“Well, it’s not just me. … It’s the world. It’s an international show,” Tapper continued, trying once again to elicit an answer from her.
“Well, probably I would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind,” Pelosi then said, putting an end to the line of questioning.
Some suspect she may also be considering bowing out because she’s secretly upset over all the polling data showing that Republicans are poised to retake the House.
Will you retire before the midterms? Or do you prefer handing the Speaker’s gavel directly to Kevin McCarthy?
— Doc7 (@kildea_m) October 24, 2021
Speaking of Republicans, during the same interview, she once again made clear how she feels about Republican voters.
She was specifically asked by Tapper whether she supports the decision by the Jan. 6th Committee to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying their subpoenas.
He’s refused to comply with the committee because he wasn’t at the Jan. 6th riot. His only supposed crime, according to ABC News, was playing “a significant role in promoting the Jan. 6 rally.”
“Do you think people who refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas should be prosecuted by the Justice Department and, at the end of the day, go to jail?” Tapper asked.
“Yes, I do. I do. Well, first of all, this — people said, well, this hasn’t happened before. We haven’t had an insurrection incited by the president of the United States and one of his toadies having knowledge of — advanced knowledge of that happening,” Pelosi replied.
“So, in fact, it’s important for a number of reasons. It’s important for us to find the truth about what happened on January 6, an assault on our Constitution, our Congress, and our Capitol. But it’s also important to — in terms of the separation of power and the checks and balances of the Constitution, which is the genius of the Constitution.”
So judging by her words, she sees no difference between the peaceful Jan. 6th rallygoers and the disruptive Jan. 6th rioters. It appears that to her, all Republicans are so-called “insurrectionists.”
She also once again reiterated her support for jettisoning the filibuster.
“Do you agree … that, at the end of the day, having some sort of voting rights bill is more important than preserving the filibuster, at least for that one vote?” Tapper asked her.
“The most important vote right now in the Congress of the United States is the vote to respect the sanctity of the vote, the fundamental basis of our democracy, so if there were one vote that the filibuster could enable to go forward, that would be the vote, and enable so much more, because we’re talking about stopping the suppression of the vote and the nullification of the elections,” the Speaker replied.
“We’re talking about redistricting in a way that is fair and may not benefit Democrats, but it might open up some of these Republican seats. It talks about stopping the big, dark, crushing special interest money and empowers the grassroots.”
To be clear, Americans already possess voting rights, and the “voting rights” legislation being pursued by Democrats would have no effect on that.
What it would do is weaken election security/integrity and states’ rights. In addition, it’d regulate political activity and speech.
It’s unlikely that Democrats will be able to eliminate the filibuster. However, Pelosi claimed during the interview that they are on the verge of reaching an agreement that would allow them to pass the president’s “Build Back Better” agenda through a Democrat-only reconciliation vote.
“We have 90 percent of the bill agreed to and written. We just have some of the last decisions to be made. I think we are pretty much there now,” she said.
Her goal is to pass the bill by the end of the week. Republicans are hoping and praying that never happens.
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