Not only will Pelosi lose her speaker’s gavel after a wave of republican victories, she may not be able to remain her party’s leader when Democrats become the minority in January.
Nancy Pelosi had said after losing on Tuesday that she would not make any decision about what she would do until the holidays! Today she announced that She would be seeking to be elected as the House Minority Leader. We do mean minority. This week’s results pushed the Democrats below 200 seats in the House for the first time since 1966(and only the third time since World War 11).
Most believe She wants to be the leader because she thinks she can do the job better than anyone in the house. That battle will consist of doing battle with John Boehner. Maybe she wants to make life as difficult for him as he has made for her.
She will be giving the Republicans a target to shoot at for the next two years. She knows she stands for everything the conservatives were protesting: big government, stimulus spending, cap and trade legislation, and the health care law. I believe the health care law is what done Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat party to take a huge loss on November 2, 2010.
Nancy Pelosi knows her Number 2, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, has said he will not challenge her. Hoyer’s standing now is weaker because the party’s losses were worst among the Blue Dogs and other moderate-to-conservative members who were his natural constituency.
Pelosi won re-election to a 12th consecutive term Tuesday night in her San Francisco district where she remains highly popular. But come January, she will hand over the speaker’s gavel to a Republican, John Boehner.
As Pelosi prepares to leave her post, so too will a number of congresswomen this year, marking perhaps the first time in 30 years that fewer women will be in congress.