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Pelosi’s Legacy of Failure and Political Malfeasance

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Late last week, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi formally announced that she would officially step down from leadership, marking an end to a two-decade reign as the top House Democrat. While elected Democrats and the mainstream media have unsurprisingly heaped praise on the 82-year-old Californian, gushing about the “historic” nature of her speakership, the harsh reality is that Pelosi’s tenure was marked by some of the most disastrous decisions in U.S. history, the radicalization of the Democratic Party, and the degradation of American political culture more broadly.

Pelosi has often said that her entire approach to governance can be summarized by a vital lesson her father taught her in her formative years: “No one is going to give you power. You have to seize it.” From the time she first rose to prominence as the House Minority Leader in 2003, Pelosi has taken that refrain to heart, constantly clawing for as much power as possible. While in the minority, Pelosi had a limited ability to stop Republican legislation. But where she could cause the GOP headaches, she did, including on popular border security and Social Security reform measures.

Democrats finally won back the House majority in 2006, handing Pelosi the Speaker’s gavel for the first time, and she was reelected in 2008. The defining moment of her first tenure as Speaker would come in 2010 with the passage of Obamacare. With large Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, a Democrat in the White House, and a liberal Supreme Court, Pelosi mortgaged the political future of dozens of House Democrats to ram through a gargantuan and deeply unpopular bill that upended the American healthcare system.

In defending the legislation, Pelosi inadvertently let slip one of her most infamous quotes: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” When Americans did find out, they were none too happy, and Democrats lost 63 House seats later that year.

For most politicians, such a historic defeat would have been a career-ender. But to Pelosi’s credit, she proved herself a survivor, hanging on to control of the Democratic caucus. Perhaps even more impressively, Pelosi managed to maintain control through three more losing election cycles for House Democrats.

In 2018, Democrats finally managed to win back control of the House, with a big assist from a media desperately spreading conspiracy theories about Donald Trump and “Russian collusion.” But even though Pelosi had seemingly led her party out of the political wilderness, her re-election as Speaker was far from assured. That was because 2018 also saw the rise of the progressive movement within the Democratic Party with the election of figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan who demanded younger leadership that would likely be more amenable to their demands.

In order to hang on to power, Pelosi struck a deal with the progressives that Donald Trump would come to call “the corrupt bargain.” In exchange for their support of her Speakership, Pelosi would embrace their radical agenda and far-left progressivism would become the de facto position of the Democratic Party. Just as she had throughout her whole career, Pelosi showed she was willing to sacrifice anything, even her own previously-held policy beliefs, to cling to power. As part of this deal, Pelosi also promised to step down by 2022 – one promise she actually kept.

Once back in power, Pelosi relentlessly politicized every last legislative tool at her disposal. She used her position to strip minority legislators from committee assignments and launch a series of endless and largely baseless investigations into the Trump administration. Most infamously, she is the only Speaker in history to preside over two failed impeachments of the same president. Despite constantly lecturing the country about “democratic norms” and the “death of civility” in politics, Pelosi also directly contributed to deepening political divisions, including throwing a temper tantrum and tearing up President Trump’s State of the Union Address on national television.

It was also during this time that the Democratic caucus descended into the depths of left-wing extremism, as members of “the Squad” called for defunding the police, spewed antisemitic rhetoric, and pushed ludicrous environmental pipe dreams. Pelosi often quelled the protests of other more moderate members, making clear that it would be AOC and her ilk, not old-school more moderate Democrats, who would be the future of the party.

Voters delivered a stinging rebuke of this more radical direction in 2020, nearly erasing Democrats’ House majority even as Joe Biden won the White House and Democrats flipped control of the Senate. Again, Pelosi had clearly failed, and yet still she remained atop the House Democratic caucus.

Now working with a slim majority of just a handful of seats, the progressive faction of the party was more powerful than ever, and Pelosi was more than happy to oblige their every whim. Over the past two years, House Democrats have passed the most extreme slate of legislation in American history, ranging from a bill that would federalize elections and mandate universal mail-in voting and ballot harvesting to multiple multi-trillion-dollar spending packages that have sent inflation skyrocketing. After vocally opposing big spending policies during the Bush administration and ridiculously criticizing the Trump tax cuts for being “fiscally irresponsible,” Pelosi has now overseen one of the largest unfunded spending sprees in U.S. history – more than $10 trillion since Biden took office.

Unsurprisingly, voters again fired Pelosi earlier this month and are sending a Republican House majority back to Washington in January. Pelosi’s second term as Speaker will end much the same as her first, with the American people sending a clear message that she has failed.

Of all the things Pelosi did in Congress, however, the most damning indictment of her leadership might be the decline in the state of the country under her watch. Her tenure saw the collapse of middle America, the outsourcing of manufacturing, complete congressional abdication on border security, and the erosion of the American Dream more generally.

Arguably the most ignominious factor for her pseudo-retirement is to whom she leaves her position. Instead of handing party leadership to longtime second-in-command Steny Hoyer, her most loyal lieutenant, the radical-left Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is poised to assume control of the caucus. Nancy Pelosi may be riding off into the sunset, but she’s leaving her party and her country in the darkness she has left behind.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.


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Teri Brezin
6 days ago

At the ripe age of 82, we can look forward, relatively soon, to the news of the death of pelousy. That day will be celebrated as another day almost like the day of independence. That day, I will be singing, “Ding, dong, the Witch is Dead” loudly and often!
I promise all of you that I will NOT PERSONALLY be responsible for anything that happens to this B..ER..Witch, however, she has taken the job of DESTROYING OUR country personally and was determined to do a complete job of it. Well, she has made sure that OUR country and our citizens will suffer for a very long, if not permanently. She deserves nothing more than a life sentence at GITMO with NO possibility of parole or pardon.
I apologise if I sound “hateful”, but I’m very tired of trying to forgive the most HATEFUL regime to ever INFEST OUR country!

Linda Baker
6 days ago
Reply to  Teri Brezin

No apologies necessary.

Vivian Stidham
4 days ago
Reply to  Teri Brezin

Don’t be disheartened my friend. The final judgement of Nancy Pelosi is yet to come. It won’t be from you or me but God Almighty. His punishment is swift and perfect. And last for ETERNITY!

Suz
8 days ago

Pelosi is nut crazed lunatic. Power hungry and crazy. She is way past her retirement 82 is too old.

Sam
8 days ago

Dear Nancy, go away. Take Slithery with you. Maybe save room for Michelle.

Tom P
9 days ago

All this b*tch did was make America worse.

Phillip
9 days ago

The advice from her father about seizing power, while valid from a Machiavellian point of view, flies in the face of the founders’ ideal of political power resting in the hands of the people.

arizsux
9 days ago

Pelosi for president

Miranda
9 days ago

I really don’t think that NP has a soul; but, if she has one, she needs to give back all the money that she gouged during her years serving in Congress. San Francisco needs reparations for bad representation. Too bad, she will never admit that she is a terrible person because she carries a letter “D”, which makes her a “good politician” but with a long generation of failures for her community.

arizsux
9 days ago
Reply to  Miranda

Nancy Pelosi would have made an outstanding president.

Robert Zuccaro
9 days ago

Given her history of hypocrisy I’m betting she retires in Florida.

Wickedness
9 days ago

Pelosi should write a book on how she pilfered money from law abiding taxpaying citizens!!! How she used every possible avenue to steal money. How she is like a snake in the grass!!!

Patriot
9 days ago

Never should Pelosi have one day of retirement where she is not talking to her lawyers about some new lawsuit filed against her. This Pig should be hounded the rest of her life until all her wealth is redistributed to the American people.

arizsux
9 days ago
Reply to  Patriot

Pelosi was an outstanding speaker of the house. The best in history. I wish she would have been president.

Linda Baker
6 days ago
Reply to  arizsux

Go away.

Phillip
9 days ago
Reply to  Patriot

Since the San Francisco police/DA refuse to release info about the attack on Paul Pelosi, I’m inclined to believe that there’s something extremely embarrassing going on. I’d be happy for Nancy to go out with egg on her face from the fallout.

james Carlyle
10 days ago

Pelosi is synonymous with disaster from any perspective.

James J
11 days ago

Every Devils Jackal Dogs will urinate on your grave. Remember Nancy its for the Children. You Demoncrat Libtard Abortion Murderess

MICHAEL D BROWN
11 days ago

“Pelosi’s second term as Speaker will end much the same as her first, with the American people sending a clear message that she has failed.” Failed at what? She has succeeded at destroying her country! The damage may never be undone.

arizsux
9 days ago

She was a major success.

Word of Truth
8 days ago
Reply to  arizsux

A major success in destroying America and turning it into a Marxist country.

RUSSELL D
11 days ago

Now that Nancy will have so much free time, she should spend it visiting her father and brother in Hell!!!!!

Ernie Payne
11 days ago

The press has too much influence and ther it no stopping thewm from practicing deceipt. That and the voting joke has brought the USA to near nil.

rifleman
11 days ago

She is a piece of work that this nation could get along very well without. And her chosen successor, who is not white, will term everything done by the majority as racist. Mark my words.

M.B.
11 days ago

Tearing up the State of the Union address behind President Trump was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me . I couldn’t stomach looking at her after this childish act. The ice cream in her freezer. The date with the hairdresser unmasked, when it was mandatory for all Americans to wear a mask, even toddlers. The money she, and Pauly made in the stock market , passing bills when she knew the stocks would be effected , and it’s time to buy . (I believe Martha Stewart went to jail for that same reason) 35 years in government, and what has this woman accomplished for We The People ?

arizsux
9 days ago
Reply to  M.B.

Tearing up that garbage was of her finest moments.

Word of Truth
8 days ago
Reply to  arizsux

At showing what a witch she is.

Martha
11 days ago

There was a lot about Nancy Pelosi that was egregious, but nothing more than standing behind the President of the United States and tearing up his State of the Union address. What a poor example of “unity” and decorum she presented at that time! I don’t think that the democrats are even trying to be the United States of America; they prefer the power trip!

edward
11 days ago
Reply to  Martha

“tearing up his State of the Union address”
and yet they talk about Trump’s “lack of decorum”.

arizsux
9 days ago
Reply to  Martha

Nancy Pelosi was right to tear that speech up. She is a true hero to America.

Linda Baker
6 days ago
Reply to  arizsux

Idiot. Why are you defending this malevolent person? Are you heard hearted too? Or are you trying to get a rise out of us? Leave, fool.

heil biden
11 days ago

WHAT A CUNT

Russ
11 days ago

An honest media would point out how far back Pelosi set women’s rights. Much like Obama’s failure set black’s back decades.

arizsux
9 days ago
Reply to  Russ

It must be opposite day with you. Pelosi is a champion for women and I wish she would have become president.

Phillip
9 days ago
Reply to  arizsux

I’d be happy to see Pelosi as President…after Biden and Harris have been removed.

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