Nancy Pelosi (Image: YouTube screen grab via MSNBC)
Nancy Pelosi has acquired the habit of throwing caution to the wind here in her dotage. After prevailing as the voice of reason throughout much of 2019 by resisting her party’s calls for impeachment, she finally capitulated, full well knowing the Democratic case was weak and would likely be quashed by the Republican majority in the Senate. She next signed on to the idea of launching the inquiry in a secret room in the Capitol basement, fueling the inevitable argument that the president had been denied due process.
Once the House had voted on articles of impeachment, she decided to sit on them for a month, thereby destroying the Democrats’ claim that action against the president was “urgent.”
Now that that ugly chapter of her (according to some) storied career as speaker is history, Pelosi is busy writing the next chapter. According to The Hill, Pelosi affirmed today that “she would be comfortable with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the Democratic presidential nominee in November.”
The congresswoman was asked the question as she was leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement Wednesday morning.
She replied with one word: “Yes.”
The strange position comes on the heels of Sanders’s controversial beatification of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, which has caused panic throughout the Democratic ranks. Pundits, like the New York Times’s Thomas Friedman, wary of Sanders’s radical tendencies, have begun concocting alternative realities involving a “super ticket” that will appeal to mainstream Democrats.
Pelosi’s stated acceptance of Sanders at the top of the ticket also follows recent efforts by her to distinguish the party’s mainstream from its socialist wing, claiming that Democrats are “capitalists” at heart and denying the ascendancy of socialism.
As things are shaping up, there is a distinct and growing possibility that the Democrats will lose control of the House in November, ending Pelosi’s rein as speaker. Should that happen, she will certainly have gone out on a low note.