At the beginning of this Congressional term, Nancy Pelosi struck a deal to thwart a coup: She would retire as Speaker the next time the seat was up. With 2020 fast approaching, all of the work Pelosi has put into rebuilding the Democratic Party in Washington D.C. appears threatened by a rabid group of subordinates who are more interested in listening to activists on social media and within the D.C. media bubble than to what’s going on in the rest of the country.
Prior to Trump, Pelosi was seen as a valuable asset for her party. She had access to rich donors and was a great fundraiser for the Democrats. She knew the ins and outs of Congress and the politics that go on there. She was a veteran of so many battles within those walls.
Sure, she has had plenty of gaffes, but the Democrats adored her. Why wouldn’t they? She was their leader, and she had earned their respect and trust. The media loved her. The base loved her. It was good to be Nancy Pelosi, a woman well on her way to becoming known as one of the most powerful women in the history of the House of Representatives.