On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a series of vague comments about this being her last term as House speaker. Pelosi has been tapped by Democrats to run for a speaker for a seventh and eighth year.
“At the start of this Congress, there was a discussion about putting in place some kind of term limits for the leadership team. I’m curious if you anticipate this coming Congress would be your last as Speaker,” a reporter asked Pelosi during a press conference.
“When that conversation took place, there was a move to put limits on the leadership and chairs of committees,” Pelosi said. “They said they were going to do it. They didn’t do it. Whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits that are there.”
“So, is that a kind of Shermanesque statement?” the reporter then asked.
“No, it’s not. It’s a statement that I made,” Pelosi said. “Listen, if my husband is listening, don’t let me have to be more specific than that. because we never expected to have another term now.”
“I consider this a gift and I can’t wait to work with Joe Biden,” she continued. “I don’t want to undermine any leverage I have but I made that statement.”
On Wednesday, Democrats met virtually to choose their top leaders for the 117th Congress. Pelosi ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Speaker. The GOP will have House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
On January 3, The House of Representatives will elect the speaker when it convenes January 3. The candidate that wins the position of speaker requires an outright majority, which would be 218 votes out of 435.
During the last vote for the speakership, fifteen Democrats voted against Pelosi. Some election results are still being tallied, but it appears that 10 incumbent House Democrats have been defeated damaging morale within the party and squashing expectations of adding seats.
Eleven races still haven’t been called, but Democrats currently carry a 15-seat majority, but eleven races still have not been called yet.
Reportedly a lot of finger-pointing is going on within the House. Many believe that the Democratic party failed to win over minority and young liberal voters.
Many Democrats are calling for fresh leadership. Pelosi and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., have been No. 1 and 2 House Democrats since 2003, House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., rose to the No. 3 ranks in 2007. Both Pelosi and Clyburn are in their 80s.
Pelosi served her first four in the 2000s then Republicans captured the House majority during the tea party election back in 2010. Many believe that the conservative uprising was a warning sign of the rise of Donald Trump.