While speaking to reporters on gun control, Nancy Pelosi repeatedly used the wrong words throughout her speech, confusing journalists and Dems alike as she tried to discuss legislation. She could not seem to find the right words when needed and its raising questions of whether the House Minority Leader is fit to hold her position.
Pelosi is heard saying baffling phrases such as there was a “commensurate bi-partisan … commonsense bi-partisan supp, uh, path forward.” The Democratic powerhouse also said “tax force” instead of “task force,” before falling back into her previous talking points on a “comprehensive immigration bill” in the midst of speaking on gun control. “Once the tax scam is fully phased in, 6 million middle-class families — excuse me,” she said, glancing at her notes and the wondering reporters. “86 million middle-class families.”
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Just moments following that misstep, she said Republicans are going to take “$500 billion out of Medicare. One-and-a-half — excuse me,” she paused. “Trillion — half a trillion dollars out of Medicare.” This strange and inconsistent behavior is why Dems are refusing to support Pelosi in any bid for future leadership positions, according to the American Mirror. While talking about transparency in settlements with sexual harassment victims, Pelosi said, “I don’t want to herm — harm victims…” Condemning members of the Trump administration who are leaving, she said, “They’re having served in that White House for one year is a giant enhancement as they go out to the public sector — private sector, the private sector,” she corrected herself.
Recently, the Dems held a candidate forum where a number of Democrats were facing off for a congressional seat in Arizona. None of the political hopefuls present at the forum stated support for Nancy Pelosi. As reported by NBC, Pelosi herself has “enjoyed a 15-year grasp on power” that has led the Democratic Party and has served in the House since 1987. She also served as the House speaker from 2007 to 2011. That is a very long time to stay in power, ruling over the Democratic Party. Pelosi is now 77 years-old and has been increasingly hard to understand in her speeches. She stares off into space, can’t find the right words, mumbles gibberish and frankly acts addled in public. It’s an embarrassment for the Democrats to be sure.
The old guard, such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have actively kept younger blood from rising in the ranks within the Democratic Party and they are resented for it. “Our leadership does a tremendous job,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez of California just last fall. But … I do think it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I want to see that happen.” That’s just one comment. There are many, many more out there that feel even more strongly that Pelosi needs to step down.
Sanchez specifically singled out Pelosi as one of the Dems that need to “pass the torch,” along with House Minority leader assistant James Clyburn and even Steny Hoyer of Maryland. All are in their 70s and 80s. “I don’t think there is one leader of the Democratic Party,” Sanchez said. “I think there are many people who try to move the country in the right direction. We have too many great leaders here that don’t always get the opportunities that they should,” Sanchez added. “And I would like to see that change.”
The clock is ticking for Nancy Pelosi. If she fails to flip the House in the upcoming election, she will almost certainly be removed. Some are saying that it doesn’t matter the outcome, “Win or lose we have to have the change,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), an outspoken critic of Democratic leadership. For some time, many Dems have called for Pelosi to go and momentum is gaining speed for her to step aside whether she wants to or not. “If we lose, everyone goes,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), one of the top Democratic leaders. “People are saying if we lose, if there’s not a majority, then we’re cleaning house — like everybody,” one House Democrat said, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
Nancy Pelosi is not likely to step down willingly. She enjoys the power and prestige of her position. A battle is coming for the besieged Democratic leader and this time, Nancy won’t prevail. She’s past her prime and simply too old for the frenzied fight to come.