It’s quite telling about what politician’s promises are worth that Nancy Pelosi ran for Speaker last time around on a solemn pledge that it would be her final term as the Democrats’ House leader…and now, her announcement that she’s actually stepping down is being treated as shocking news.
There were rumors that she might resign entirely, but like a boss who quits but can’t stop hanging around the office and getting in the way, she plans to play a behind-the-scenes “emeritus” role as a de-facto custodian of Democratic power in the chamber. If you’d like to see a good play about how well it works out when a ruler gives up power but still tries to run things, I suggest “King Lear.”
Devoid of self-awareness to the end, Pelosi said, “House Democrats will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda — with strong leverage over a scant Republican majority,” oblivious to the way she ran roughshod over Republicans with a partisan iron fist despite having an equally scant majority.
On the positive side, though, I admit it was gratifying to hear her say that it’s time for her to make way for a “new generation to lead.” Speaking on behalf of my fellow 60-somethings, I’d like to thank her for finally giving us kids a shot.