WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi, who's likely to be the next House speaker, says Democrats running the chamber next year will make initial moves toward getting President Donald Trump's tax returns.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 13, 2018
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) December 14, 2018
… OK, we are saying a hyperbole, but she promises she will quit being speaker once she is 83. (83!) She is 78 right now, so basically she is saying she’ll be the boss of two more Congresses and then she will hand her gavel to somebody who’s ready on day one like a common Nancy Pelosi. (Presumably, this gives her a chance to finish grooming whomever is best suited to take her spot.)
See? Everybody wins. Also? LIKE A BOSS.
— Matea Gold (@mateagold) December 14, 2018
… Pelosi, 78, clinched the votes she needed late Wednesday after announcing support for a term limits deal that would allow her to serve as speaker for another four years. Seven dissident Democrats immediately said they would support her, paving the way for her election Jan. 3.
Former House majority leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) called it “a very typical performance by a really talented political figure.”
“The fact that she’s been speaker and will be speaker again is testimony to her enormous ability, her toughness, her off-the-charts work ethic, and her ability to interact with people and negotiate with people and come to a conclusion,” he said. “She works harder than any human being I’ve ever known.”…
You won’t have any sustained success in politics if you’re only looking out for yourself, and you can’t be trusted by your ostensible allies; e.g., Seth Moulton:https://t.co/P2zxAwsExm
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) December 14, 2018
… The six-week battle over the speaker’s chair was vintage Pelosi. Relying on a mix of pressure tactics she’d sharpened during three decades in Congress, Pelosi waited out her critics, wore them down and then threw them a bone as they looked for a way out.
The group of anti-Pelosi rebels faced an uphill battle from the start. Pelosi maintained immense support within the caucus, and she had powerful allies outside Congress whipping for her. And opposition from the massive incoming class of freshmen wasn’t as strong as many had thought.
The rebels, meanwhile, wanted Pelosi gone — but that’s where their agreement ended. Her critics had different motivations for opposing her and different strategies for dethroning her. That discord ultimately weakened their hand during negotiations.
“People started to get cold feet and decided they didn’t want to do it. They were under a lot of pressure,” said a regretful Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), a Pelosi critic who still plans to oppose her on the House floor. “The goal all along — until a week or two — was to get a new, younger generation speaker of the House that represented the country and the future of our party. That did not happen.”
The rebels did win a victory — just not the one they sought. Pelosi will be in the speaker’s chair in January, to the chagrin of most of Perlmutter’s group. She remains the face of the party and the new House Democratic majority and will become the most important Democrat in the nation, at least until the party anoints a presidential nominee…
Rep. Moulton is not a stupid person (he’d be a perfectly fine New England moderate Republican, if the breed still existed), so it is to be hoped he’s learned some valuable lessons from his premature stunt-challenge. (And soon, because right now there’s support for a primary challenge in 2020.) Nancy Pelosi is ‘Nancy Smash’ because she’s remembered the basic rule for success: Never promise what you can’t deliver, and always deliver what you’ve promised.
No wonder the Squatter-in-Chief is having a bad weekend…
'I think the Oval Office is an evidence-free zone.' — Rep. Nancy Pelosi laughed off Trump's claim that he's already gotten Mexico to pay for the border wall pic.twitter.com/moh1AVLiUW
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 13, 2018
— ?RiotWomenn? (@riotwomennn) December 13, 2018
Trump’s Christmas nightmare. pic.twitter.com/mEJYleyYVb
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 15, 2018