Is Nancy Pelosi About to Retire?

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    Is the reign of Queen Pelosi coming to an end?

    Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has controlled her fiefdom district in San Francisco for 34 years.

    Pelosi was first elected in 1987 and has been elected 17 times since. Her victories have been so comfortable — regularly receiving 75% of election vote totals — that she’s stopped campaigning.

    Now she just waves her socialist wand, gets coiffed in closed hair salons, and eats designer ice cream from her $24,000 fridge.

    It’s likely that even when that Nancy Pelosi expires, the San Francisco Democrats would vote for her corpse over a Republican challenger.

    And that could be soon, given that Nancy Pelosi turns 81 this month.

    In a 2018 interview, Nancy Pelosi said that she never planned to serve more than 10 years in Congress. She said she looks forward to her life after politics with “things to do, books to write, places to go, grandchildren, first and foremost, to love.”

    Pelosi called herself “a transitional figure” and as she campaigned for the speakership, she agreed to hold the post for no more than four years, which would mean until after the 2022 midterm election.

    That’s two years away. So is Nancy Pelosi about to retire?

    If Queen Pelosi didn’t retire, it wouldn’t surprise anyone and it wouldn’t be the first time that a politician was hypocritical. Maybe her position has “evolved” on a matter. We don’t know yet because Pelosi has not said anything publicly on the matter, but the Democrats are surely talking about the possibility of her retiring.

    The competition to succeed Pelosi in Congress is already underway, as potential candidates for the San Francisco seat raise money from donors, make appeals to political activists (i.e., pander to socialists in the Democrat Party), and position themselves for a race that is coming…one day…soon. The only thing uncertain is the timing.

    “I don’t know why anybody would line up for the job,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin. He described Washington D.C. as a “messed-up, gridlocked mosh pit…But I have no doubt if there’s any open congressional seat, the line’s going to be long.”

    Peskin may be the only pol in San Francisco NOT interested in running.

    Libertarian-minded Republican John Dennis is one candidate for the seat. He is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) and has endorsements from U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Thomas Massie. California Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon is also a supporter.

    In Democratland, Christine Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, who is age 54 and a Democrat Party political strategist, is also one of the potential candidates for the office — to which the people of American respond, “Didn’t we do away with hereditary monarchy when we declared independence and broke from the United Kingdom?”

    “Are we going to just vote for the person because of their last name and have nepotism win the day?’” said Jim Stearns, a longtime Democratic strategist. “I think that’s a nonstarter in San Francisco.”

    Regardless of how the field of candidates shakes out, the race is guaranteed to be a competition between the left and the far left.

    Among the candidates are: San Francisco Mayor London Breed, City Atty. Dennis Herrera, state Assemblyman David Chiu, former Supervisor Jane Kim, state Sen. Scott Wiener,  and former Supervisor David Campos, the chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party.

    In a large field of over a dozen candidates, garnering 20% to 25% of the vote is potentially enough to qualify for the two-candidate runoff.

    Queen Pelosi herself won her first race in 1987 with 36% support and then trounced her Republican opponent in the general election.

    This was before California moved to eliminate partisan primaries and moved to the jungle primary system, where the two candidates in an open primary with the highest vote totals advance to the general election, regardless of their party affiliation (thus, many statewide and local races in California now feature general elections where it is Democrat versus Democrat).

    Let’s hope for once that a politician isn’t hypocritical and Nancy Pelsoi actually retires as promised. With one caveat: Who replaces her? And that goes for both her San Francisco congressional seat and her role as the leader of the Democratic Party in Congress. Buy beware.

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