As harrowing images and videos continue to emerge from the United States’ disastrous exit of Afghanistan, the Biden administration is rightly facing major scrutiny and public outcry for what increasingly appears to be a complete lack of preparation or any sort of coordinated plan to leave the country. Following days of chaos and broken promises, President Biden and State Department officials have suddenly found themselves on the receiving end of a barrage of criticism from both sides of the political aisle. But even as the Biden team attempts to weather the media storm, the domestic political fallout from this tragedy may have only just begun. For one Democrat in particular, her full-throated defense of Biden’s Afghanistan policy and hapless response to the crisis are the latest in a series of blunders that may break her already tenuous grip on power: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
While Biden has received his share of criticism for his response (or lack thereof) to the Afghanistan debacle, arguably no other single individual has displayed a more complete and total lack of political awareness than Pelosi. Even as Afghan government officials fled the country and the Taliban tightened its control, she applauded President Biden for his “clarity of purpose.” Americans were left to wonder what that purpose was. The Speaker did not elaborate.
As accounts of torture, rape, and murder at the hands of Taliban forces surfaced on social media and from reporters inside Afghanistan, Pelosi offered another similarly meaningless platitude, saying that she was “deeply concerned about reports regarding the Taliban’s brutal treatment of all Afghans, especially women and girls.” She then said that “the U.S., the international community and the Afghan government must do everything we can to protect women and girls from inhumane treatment by the Taliban.” A good place to start would have been coordinating an orderly withdrawal so that the Afghan people she claimed to have concern for wouldn’t be in that situation in the first place.
The statement was blasted as tone deaf at best and outright delusional at worst. The Afghan government has all but crumbled and President Biden has made it clear that he will not challenge the Taliban. Though Pelosi has survived other messaging blunders, the Afghanistan debacle for the Democrat Party comes at a time when Pelosi is facing leadership challenges from the left, right, and center. The crisis may prove particularly damaging in light of her other recent failures.
Pelosi’s control over the House was once described as an “iron fist in a Gucci glove,” but questions about her continued capability as a leader first started to seriously arise following the 2020 election cycle. Despite unprecedented campaign spending, promotion, and an all-out effort by the media, Democrats lost 15 seats in the House of Representatives, shocking pundits and progressives across the country.
The lackluster results, specifically in the House, led many to question Pelosi’s priorities and leadership over the prior four years. While impeaching President Trump was clearly a key priority of hers ever since 2016, her almost unhinged commitment to doing so whatever the facts raised many questions, even among moderates in her own party.
Then under Pelosi’s leadership, the Democratic Party made “Defund the Police” and “Socialism” two key pillars of its messaging strategy. When that failed, her fellow Congressional Democrats blasted her and distanced themselves heavily from the strategy she promoted.
Pelosi also now appears to potentially have a full-blown mutiny on her hands with regard to President Biden’s legislative priorities. After the Senate passed both the $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” package and Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, Pelosi announced that the House would return next week to vote on the partisan $3.5 trillion plan first before voting on the infrastructure bill, which did receive some Republican votes in the Senate. The move appears to be aimed at pleasing progressives, who have long advocated for such a massive spending plan that would radically change the country.
There is just one problem: a group of nine moderate Democrats have announced that they will not vote for the $3.5 trillion plan until Pelosi brings up the $1.2 trillion plan. With majority-making factions threatening to pull their support no matter which bill Pelosi brings up first, Pelosi’s control of the House – and Biden’s legislative agenda – are effectively being held hostage by moderates on the one hand and progressives on the other. That type of leadership failure has earned the ire not just of Congressional Democrats, but also the American public, as Pelosi also faces dismal approval ratings, with only 38% of the country supporting her.
The vulnerable members in her caucus are also said to be increasingly panicked about the multitude of crises facing the country under Democrat leadership—not only Afghanistan, but the southern border crisis, surging crime rates, runaway inflation, and the Biden administration’s failure on the pandemic. Just this week, American Action Network, a leading conservative group, announced a $5 million campaign opposing the reconciliation bill designed to put pressure on Pelosi’s moderate House Democrats.
All of this raises the question of whether, in the event of a Democrat collapse in the polls, Pelosi can maintain her leadership position even to the end of the year, nonetheless until the next election. If many of Pelosi’s members return home over the August recess and find their districts infuriated by the avalanche of Democrat disasters, she could have a revolt on her hands in a matter of weeks.
To be sure, removing a sitting speaker is extremely difficult. The last successful attempt was the removal of former Speaker John Boehner in 2015 after only 6 years in office. The coups that threw him out of the speakership came as a result of his evident disdain for the more conservative elements of his caucus, specifically the Tea Party. The failure of Republican leadership to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, as well as the failure to curb illegal immigration, was a double blow that Boehner was unable to absorb. Toward the end of his tenure, Boehner was pilloried as a member of the “establishment” who was out of touch with his own party. The rejection of incumbents like Boehner in favor of novel outsiders directly foreshowed the eventual rise of Donald Trump not a year later.
As the 2022 election draws near, Democrats are already bracing for a loss. The question is already being asked if Pelosi’s presence is a net positive or negative. Losing a speaker would invite questions of competency within Democratic circles. However, increasingly desperate and vulnerable members in Pelosi’s caucus might calculate that fresh leadership could save their party from a catastrophic defeat.
Pelosi was weak even before she appeared clueless on Afghanistan. She is only more endangered now. Should the spending bills fall through, Democrats might have a crisis of confidence in their current leadership. Should they pass, some might say it’s a sufficient note on which the Speaker can retire. Either way, that Gucci glove may be losing its grip on the gavel.
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Maybe the punishment from the American Revolution should be used on some these traitors to the USA, an old fashioned tar and feather and ship them to a communist country then banned from ever returning to USA.
And yet, she hosted a big, unmasked, fund raiser this past weekend. Joe Biden may not be the only person in Washington, D.C. who is out of touch with current events. I feel Nancy Pelosi has underestimated the loyalty and ambition of the “Squad.”
As was said in Hunt for Red October “A little Revolution is good now and then” It’s way past time for that and removing the Socialist/communist/DemocRats and the “Mable RINO’s from office is due. In less than 9 months they have brought this country to the brink of disaster and like lemmings so many are ok with following them over the cliff, like Glenn Dames a circular firing squad is one I could support Being it on.
I’ve been a keen observer of the American condition since with Nixon-Kennedy. JFK wouldn’t get the time of day in today’s “Democratic” Party. Pay any price, bear ant burden in the defense of liberty. The Cuban missile crisis; It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union. . . . Not according to Biden, Harris, Pelosi and Schumer. It’s Afghanistan banana stand time.
I anxiously await the formation of the circular firing squad. Now that’s a SQUAD I can support. I’ll be happy to supply the bullets. I’ll send them to the hill, care of Nancy.
The Socialists are what they have always been, useful idiots. When will America wake and begin launching these frauds off to Uranus! And don’t overlook the “Marble RINOS” who have roamed Congress for decades and are worse than the Socialists. Are you listening Mitch (and the citizens of Kentucky). They can travel coach.
PELOSI AND THE ANTI AMERICAN CONGRESS SHOULD ALL BE IMPEACHED NOW!!!!!!!
The Democrats have absolutely no idea what to do… everything is going wrong for them. God save us all from these stupid foolish democrats.
Maybe IT IS TIME FOR DEMOCRAT SENATORS AND REPESSENTATIVES TO ABANDON A SINKING SHIP BEFORE WE ALL GO DOWN!
The million dollar question is what is being done about this
We’ve been infiltrated by the devil
pelosi lost her grip on what Americans stand for eleven years ago when obama was first in our White House
Pelosi needs immediate criminal investigation on her as well as constant law enforcement and military surveillance 24/7!’ She needs to be taken out of control, strip her of all assets, all her financial entities, no medical or insurance Benefits, properties,security clearances including all family members and put her in solidarity confinement in a desolate prison with no contact of anybody or anything in her life! Forever!! Hopefully she’ll find God before she dies as we all do! This is good for all the evil souls in the 3 one World Order corporations located in Washington DC, London and the Vatican!!
I agree with you whole heartedly Lisa. They are all traitors of this free country
Yes it is! Knowing and rendering assistance to an enemy of the United States. Apparently this is acceptable by our democratic run government. I miss “OUR” President Donald Trump.
Pelosi might be our next President. Later this year, they will find a way to get rid of Joe Biden. No one likes Harris or thinks she can do the job. But she will be President. Then they will find a way to get rid of Harris, and PELOSI will step in. It just keeps getting worse……………………….!!!!!!!
I’ve thought about that too.
Something needs to be done soon about what happened in November. I wish I knew how to take care of it. I will continue to pray. God has always taken care of his people
I would imagine, with as deep as the dems are rooted in all of this corruption, it will take some time to get Biden and Harris removed from office, by then the mid-terms will be done and McCarthy will be Speaker, at least that is what I’m hoping. McCarthy may not be the ideal person, but he’s a helluva lot better than the prospects we have now!
I also thought about that. I am in favor of impeaching Biden, Harris and Pelosi. They are nothing but rubbish stinking up our country.
Pelosi is a good argument for term limits as is 70% of the group on both sides!
But it’s the “Old fox guarding the hen house don’t hold your breath, we got to try something else!
It truly boggles my sense of reality that Pelosi can legitimately get reelected to any public position above dog catcher. She seems to naturally have a sense of weirdness in her political activity that rivals Joe Hidin’ Biden. Neither have the sense that Mother Nature gave a donkey!
That’s unfair to dog catchers everywhere!
The only thing that pelosi and company are good for is prison. Better yet a firing squad. We need to extract this evil from our country
I don’t think she’s been “legitimately” elected for years now.
Nancy needs to step down.She is way too radical.Good Ridance!
Sad situation we are in. She cannot leave soon enough!
She’s a traitor.
Yea … she seems to fit the political direction the entire DemocRat Party is taking!
It would certainly be a blessing to have this woman loose her place at the top, but I won’t hold my breath. She, like so many other long term representatives have the unnerving ability to spring back. The only sure way is to have her lose her seat as a representative of her state…..but as long as the people of California remain burdened with idiocy, she like so many will get reelected, and continue to drive this nation into the ground. Same for Shuman, and all the rest who have been in office far too long….be they democrat or republican….makes no difference.
Yeah, I wish those dead people would quit walking around and voting on Election Day. Too bad it’s not just a horror show in California
Clueless, Lackluster, Vulnerable, Weak??!!! Did we all forget: “Well, we will just have to pass the bill to see what is in it.”
No, I haven’t. I also remember her holding up the Covid Relief Bill so that Trump would not get the benefit of releasing it. oh, no, Biden had to have that honor.