So titanic is her energy throughout the Democratic caucus that she has by no means confronted a critical problem for her management position in all that point regardless of critical election setbacks, a la 2020.
It’s a completely outstanding run of political energy and affect on the highest ranges of American politics. And now we all know when it’s seemingly going to finish.
“There was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees. They said they were going to do it, they didn’t do it. But what I said then was whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits. I can’t wait to be working with Joe Biden. … I don’t want to undermine any leverage I may have, but I made the statement.”
Which implies that this subsequent Congress will likely be her final as speaker. And that there will likely be a large management vacuum for Democrats someday very quickly.
(Caveat: Pelosi didn’t come proper out and say, “I will not run for speaker again in late 2022,” which leaves her some stage of wiggle room, presumably.)
Her high deputies — Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Maryland) and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (South Carolina) — are 78 and 77 years outdated, respectively. While it is not clear whether or not they may step other than management when Pelosi does or not, it is very seemingly that the broader caucus will look to youthful leaders.
The most blatant identify on that checklist is New York’s Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who’s at present the fifth rating member of management, having been reelected Wednesday to his position as Democratic caucus chairman.
Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, who gained the race for the quantity 4 management slot (assistant speaker) on Wednesday, would additionally should be within the combine as a Pelosi substitute. As would California’s Rep. Tony Cardenas, who’s vying to go the occasion’s marketing campaign arm within the 2022 election.
The Point: Pelosi wrote her identify prominently within the historical past books a very long time in the past. Now the query is who will step into the void she is going to go away behind.