Democrat octogenarian Nancy Pelosi has been nominated by her party to once again run for the position of House Speaker in 2021 when the new Congress convenes, according to The Hill.
This time around, as noted by Fox News, Democrats will have the narrowest majority in two decades, which could translate to some trouble pushing the party’s far left agenda.
The actual election for speaker will occur Jan. 3, and Fox is reporting that Republicans will run House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Both Pelosi and McCarthy are members of the California House delegation.
Politico is reporting that Democrats also will run two other aging politicians—81-year-old Steny Hoyer and 80-year-old Jim Clyburn—for the posts of House Majority Leader and House Majority Whip, respectively.
Significantly, this trio has led the Democrat caucus for the past two decades, Politico noted.
When they come into the new year, the Pelosi-Hoyer-Clyburn triumvirate may face some grumbling, Political hinted, because of Democrat losses Nov. 3 that shrunk the majority, and because of the age factor. The fact this trio is getting long in the proverbial tooth is “leading some lawmakers to reignite calls for a transition plan to a younger cadre of leaders,” Politico said.
The fact these same lawmakers have been in charge for 20 years would include allowing tough gun control laws to be pushed, whether they gathered momentum or otherwise.
Pelosi has been in office since 1987, Hoyer since 1981 and Clyburn since 1993, which provides an argument for Congressional term limits.
Pelosi took some heat earlier this year for hosting a visit to her home during which she expressed concerns about not having enough designer ice cream in the freezer, at a time her constituents and citizens across the country were losing their jobs and homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this might not be an easy stretch for Pelosi, though it might be her last. Pelosi faces “a narrower House majority than she’s ever had due to the unexpected loss of seats to Republicans; a long to-do list following four years under President Trump; and a renewed intraparty battle between moderates and progressives tussling over how best to govern,” the newspaper said.
The newspaper said Pelosi agreed not to run for speaker after 2022.