House Democrats have no apparent heir to Pelosi and no plan to stay in power

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is would have considering backtracking on his vow to step down from the House Democratic leadership after the midterm elections. The Democratic Party is in such bad shape that it will have no choice but to accept it.

Pelosi was never going to walk away from politics easily. Like President Joe Biden, Pelosi has spent more than half his life in politics. She has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1987 and a member of the House Democratic leadership since 2002. She is a career politician and out-of-touch elitist who is revered by the mainstream media and Democrats alike (but I repeat myself). Of course, she does not want to give up power, even at 81.

But this out-of-touch elitist who was born before America entered World War II is the best House Democrats have to offer. The next two members of the Democratic leadership are Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, 82, and Majority Whip, 81, James Clyburn. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, is generally touted as the most likely replacement, but he’s a terribly disappointing character who repeats the dumbest racial narratives you’ll find on liberal Twitter.

But “terribly disappointing” was on the agenda for Pelosi’s second stint as a speaker. There has been no great legislative success, as was the case with the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Instead, there have been a few COVID-19 spending bills, an impeachment trial thought so poorly that Democrats refused to mention it on the campaign trail and an embarrassing 2020 election cycle in which House Democrats lost seats after dramatically overestimate how popular they were.

House Democrats haven’t had a consistent message since coming to power in the 2018 midterm elections. As inflation worsens, supply chains persist and COVID-19 restrictions 19 started coming back, Pelosi Democrats are look down an annihilation that could make 2010 seem modest by comparison.

Pelosi may go back on his word and cling to power because House Democrats simply have no plan. Pelosi believed in 2009 that Republicans would not be back in power for a generation; it was returned to the minority in the next election cycle. Pelosi and his geriatric home leadership team were unable (or unwilling) to develop the next generation of party leaders.

With semi-centrist Democratic senators backing what little remains of Biden’s agenda, Pelosi’s four years in the hammer will have been an embarrassing failure. And yet, she’s confident she can still lead whatever remains of the Democratic caucus after the 2022 midterm elections, in part because House Democrats don’t trust anyone else. Perhaps the outcome of the midterm elections will change their calculation, but they seem content to let Pelosi bring down their ship rather than scramble to keep it afloat.

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