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Pelosi Announces Forthcoming End to Her Time as Speaker of the House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reaffirmed a pledge to seek only one more term as leader of the legislative body.

In a Wednesday news conference, Pelosi told Capitol Hill reporters that she would “abide by those limits” she placed upon herself in 2018 after many in her caucus urged her to do so at the time.

The limitations were the result of bitter ideological conflicts kicked off within the party as progressives expanded their influence with numerous big wins in a modest blue wave midterm election season.

“Well, let me just say that, when that conversation took place, there was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees. It never came up. They said they were going to do it. They didn’t do it,” Pelosi said.

“But what I said then is that, whether it passes or not, I will abide by the limits that are there,” she added.


House Democrats unanimously nominated her to retain the role in a vote conducted remotely Wednesday.

She will receive a full floor vote in January when oaths of office are officially administered to members of the 117th Congress.

Democrats almost lost control of the House in the election.

Last week, House Democratic leaders warned colleagues that promoting and campaigning on a far-left social agenda hurt them badly in 2020.

“If we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina said on a leaked Democrat House caucus phone call.

During the call, Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia reaffirmed Clyburn’s concerns, saying that if leftists couldn’t reevaluate the platforms they relied on for the Nov. 3 election, they would lose in a landslide in the 2022 midterms.

“No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger said. “Nobody should be talking about socialism.”

Squad member Rashida Tlaib tried to defend the democrat-socialist agenda by saying that attempting to cater to one group’s preferences is wrong.

She also claimed that if it wasn’t the emphasis on Black Lives Matter that lost Democrats some of the toss-up races, another issue would have taken its place and caused the same results.

One of the most significant moments in the call was Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) ripping into the “defund the police” and “socialism” sloganeering wing of the Democratic party for costing them congressional seats in the 2020 election.

Spanberger said:

The number one concern that people brought to me, in my [inaudible] was defunding the police. And I heard from colleagues who said ‘Oh, it’s the language of the streets, we should respect that.’ We’re in Congress. We are professionals. We are supposed to talk about things in a way where we mean what we’re talking about. If we don’t mean we should defund the police, we shouldn’t say that….

And we need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again, because while people think it doesn’t matter, it does matter, and we lost good members because of that….

And if we are classifying Tuesday as a success from a congressional standpoint, we will get f****** torn apart in 2022.

Democratic House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn agreed with concerns from the more moderate Democrats in the party about rhetoric.

Running on “Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine,” he warned, would put future elections in jeopardy.