The thought of Pelosi retiring has to put a big grin on your face this Friday afternoon. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s true. If she weren’t from such a blue district, perhaps this news would be enough for the voters to force a retirement. We should be so lucky.
Either way, it’s not such a stretch to think that she’ll retire since the damage is done. She managed to ram so much of her radical agenda down our throats, she may as well quit while she’s ahead in her mind.
Time: If Democrats lose control of the House of Representatives next week, as most political observers expect, there is a good chance that the House Speaker will opt to spend time with her eight grandchildren rather than toil in the relative obscurity of the minority. Even if she wanted to stay on, it’s not at all clear that she would win the position of minority leader: seven Democratic incumbents and several candidates oppose her leadership — on Wednesday, North Carolina Representative Heath Shuler suggested he might challenge Pelosi for the spot — and another 20 have refused to say one way or another. Pelosi is more likely to leave gracefully, trading the red-eye slog for the pleasant commute between her San Francisco and Napa homes, and leaving the caucus in the hands of majority leader Steny Hoyer, who has been chafing in her shadow for decades.
I love the way Time described her commute between Washington and San Francisco as a “red-eye slog.” If only we all slogged around in such style, with our friends and families, on someone else’s dime! Ah, but then again, that’s a little perk she’ll lose should she be forced out of her leadership position. No wonder she’s thinking about quitting.