House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seemingly has an excuse for everything including her own viability. Now she claims that sexism is behind her fading star on Capitol Hill.
In a recent interview, Pelosi claimed her relinquished power somehow was mixed in with one of liberal’s favorite buzz words; sexism. Facing growing opposition from her own party, younger members and Democratic candidates are calling for her to step down.
Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine, Pelosi was asked if she has been “tempted to step away” from her post as House minority leader. She said, “I think some of is it a little bit on the sexist side, although I wouldn’t normally say that.”
But she didn’t end it there. She added, “Except it’s like, really? Has anyone asked whatshisname, the one who’s the head of the Senate?”
That would be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who has not been asked to step down. But it appears Nancy is looking to point out the shiny object in the back of the room. Pelosi appeared to forget who McConnell even was in Washington.
It finally popped into her head and she blurted out, “McConnell.” Then steadying herself she said, “I mean, he’s got the lowest numbers of anybody in the world. Have you ever gone up to him and said, ‘How much longer do you think you’ll stay in this job?'”
The defense was in full gear. Pelosi appeared to have answered such a question many times before. Now fighting to keep her composure she said, “Nobody ever went up to Harry Reid and said that. Nobody ever says that to anybody except a woman. But it’s a thing.”
Hopefully Nancy remembers Harry Reid was once Senate Majority Leader under the Democratic Party banner. And yes Nancy, many people questioned his leadership.
Pelosi is under the gun. Many within her party feel her day has come and gone. Lately she appears confused and disoriented and her mental health is a concern. She is pushing 80-years-old and may be past her prime as a champion fundraiser for a new generation of Democrats.
Recently in Pennsylvania, Democrat candidate for Congress, Conor Lamb, vowed not to support Pelosi for speaker if the party takes the House. That was the opening salvo of a very public mutiny. He went on to win a special election in a deep-red district that President Trump carried in 2016 by 20 percentage points.
Since that moment, other Democratic congressional challengers in districts controlled by Republicans have very publicly distanced themselves from Pelosi. In the past, that would have been unthinkable with a then-powerful Pelosi at the helm.
There is a beginning and an end to everything. We all get older and a new generation is behind us. That is the reality of life. Some are more attuned to when it’s time to leave the stage. Rep. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t appear to be one of them.
A desperate Pelosi ended the interview with a familiar slam on her arch nemesis, Donald Trump. It was prophetically sad indeed. “It’s just a question of, ‘Who can fight this man who’s in the White House? Who really knows this territory?'”
The answer is many Nancy. They’re much younger and have a lot less political baggage. The House Minority Leader needs to perform.