Is Pelosi Too Old School? 🤔
Politics in the party
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been a Congresswomen since 1987. She became the first female Speaker of the House the last time Democrats controlled the House of Reps (2007-2011). She is favored to win the Speakership in 2019 when Democrats become the majority, but several party members want a new generation of leaders.
House Speaker 101
The Speaker of the House is the “presiding officer” charged with: setting the legislative agenda, crafting committees, and generally supervising the the House. The Speaker is also after the VP in the presidential line of succession. The House elects the Speaker on the first day of every new Congress.
Washington Post: Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign
The left uses emotionally charged words like “revolution” and “explodes” to describe what they see as in-fighting within their preferred party. Outlets generally believe that Pelosi will prevail, but highlight that most of those opposing Pelosi are a new generation of Democrats. The left also highlights the need for Pelosi’s experience, especially now.
The right is all too eager for Pelosi to win the Speakership as they believe she will serve as the perfect foil for President Trump and incite the Republican base for the 2020 election. Outlets graciously quote Trump’s (likely) backhanded support of Pelosi, “In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker.”
Old Guard vs New Blood
Pelosi’s presumed challenger is African American lawmaker, Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), who threatens to further divide Democrats along racial lines. The battle between the old guard and new blood became public when several Democratic Congressman-elect supported climate change protesters by staging a sit-in in Pelosi’s office.
Is Nancy's time up?
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