Trump victory could oust Nancy Pelosi as Speaker

Trump victory could oust Nancy Pelosi as Speaker

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Trump victory could oust Nancy Pelosi as Speaker

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No one is more frantic over the possibility of a Trump victory in November than Nancy Pelosi

Why? Because if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden goes down in flames, Pelosi will no longer be Speaker of the House — even if Democrats hold that chamber, as they likely will. You can count on it. 

If President Trump is reelected, Pelosi and other establishment Democrats will be to blame. It was Pelosi and her peers who orchestrated the nomination of 77-year-old Biden, panicked that far-left candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would be crushed in a general election. https://22909be0e376c482d0bd78a3554c4c66.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

As important, it has been Pelosi who has overseen the Democratic strategy of total and complete obstruction of Trump, and who most recently has been mum about the violence upending our nation’s biggest cities.

It was Pelosi who pushed Russiagate, and then Ukrainegate and most recently PostOfficeGate to their absurd and dishonest conclusions 

And it was Pelosi who permitted the House to embark on the fool’s mission of impeaching the president late last year, even though it was crystal clear that the effort would not succeed.  

An effort, it should be said, that led to record fund-raising for Trump’s campaign and a bump in his approval ratings. 

While Pelosi pumped up her base by endlessly lobbing grenades at the White House, she simultaneously enraged Trump supporters. Polling shows that people who voted for the president in 2016 will vote for him again, and that Republican support for the president remains strong.

It was Pelosi who from the start dismissed and downplayed the rise of progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in her party, a force to be channeled constructively, not alienated. Allowing AOC to speak for only 60 seconds during the interminable Democratic convention was a miscalculation. The energy of the Squad might have disrupted the virtual gathering, but that misery-fest needed some disruption.https://22909be0e376c482d0bd78a3554c4c66.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

How can we tell Nancy Pelosi is rattled? Because, notwithstanding her reputation as a master politician, the Speaker is making mistakes.

First, stonewalling for weeks over another virus relief bill has created a potent attack line for Republicans. Just recently, Pelosi caved and is apparently set to begin talks with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; this, after Meadows reportedly went to her office unannounced several days ago to arrange a meeting, only to be told the House Speaker was “busy.”

Busy? Too busy to send unemployment checks to strugglin

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