The art of every politician is to work to get the best deal for America and their constituents. Sometimes that is accomplished through the majority and sometimes that is accomplished through compromise.
Unless you are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, in a stunningly selfish and intentionally totalitarian statement, admitted she has no intention of working toward the direction of compromise with the Republican Party.
During a press conference on Friday, Pelosi stated that having a smaller majority in the House will not force her to compromise more and “won’t have that much effect at all” on how she legislates.
Pelosi was asked, “How does the smaller majority, how does that affect your legislative approach? Are you going to have to compromise more? Are there bills that you’re –?”
Pelosi interrupted and said, “No.”
After the reporter finished their question to ask if there were bills the Democrats wouldn’t be able to put on the floor, Pelosi answered, “No, not at all. We have a president of the United States. Remember, we’ve got to have the opportunity to have bills signed into law. I’m very proud of our caucus because we’re beautifully diverse. As I always say, it is a — our diversity is our strength, our unity is our power. And our unity springs from our commitment to America’s working families. And that is what we’ll be talking about, as I mentioned, putting together a jobs bill that involves building the infrastructure of America in a green – resilient and green way, doing so in a bipartisan way, doing so so that everybody in our country benefits, both with jobs, with workforce development, and with services, schools, etc., housing in their areas. So, it won’t have that much effect at all, no.”
Could Pelosi lose her re-election bid for House Speaker?
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said the Republican Party could “control the floor” of the House if only a few Democrats voted against Pelosi’s nomination.
This is now a reality and real possibility after Republicans have gained several seats in the House on Election Day.
Appearing on Fox News, McCarthy said Pelosi could lose her role if 10 of the 15 Democrats who voted against her bid in January 2019 did so again at the start of next year.
He also warned that “internal fights” in the Democratic Party were emerging after the party failed to build on its House majority despite President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential contest.
McCarthy said: “Well we’ll only know in January because to become the speaker you have to have 218 votes on the floor. When she went up for that vote two years ago, there were 15 Democrats who voted against her. Ten of those Democrats will be coming back to Congress.”
“If those 10 vote against her again, she will not be speaker of the House, because she won’t have 218 because of the gains of the Republicans. We are close enough now that we can control the floor with a few Democrats joining with us,” McCarthy said.