As Kyle Becker recently reported for Trending Politics, Nancy Pelosi wasn’t in a good mood after Glenn Youngkin defeated Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not taking Election Night in 2021 very well. When asked about last night’s results on Capitol Hill, she got a little snippy.
“Does it change the agenda for the House, now?” a reporter asked.
“No,” she said and then walked away.
As Benny succinctly put it on Twitter, she “was pissed”:
Pelosi’s reaction to last night’s results is priceless.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 3, 2021
And it wasn’t just McAuliffe’s crushing defeat that had Pelosi upset. A Trump-backed candidate won the Ohio special election, where Republican Mike Carey has won the special election for the House seat in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.
But, those victories and Pelosi’s furor aren’t all. According to Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec, Nancy Pelosi might not run again thanks to the red wave that crashed to shore in the Old Dominion. On Twitter, he announced that he was “Hearing Pelosi is telling people she is not running for re-election tonight. Doesn’t want to be tied to 2022.”
Hearing Pelosi is telling people she is not running for re-election tonight. Doesn’t want to be tied to 2022.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 3, 2021
Last month, a report from The Atlantic declared that Democrats may already have her replacement if they keep the House majority next year.
“Democratic members of Congress won’t talk about any of this publicly, as if Pelosi might suddenly appear and pull their hearts from their chests,” it said. “Pretty much every Democrat in Congress and beyond is confident that Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York will be the next speaker of the House if Democrats manage to hold on to their majority next year.”
Even Pelosi herself has been non-committal about running again, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that her decision on whether to run or not is something she needs to discuss with her family:
Democratic House Nancy Pelosi won’t say whether or not she plans to run for Speaker again if Democrats keep the House, telling @jaketapper she will that conversation with her family first. pic.twitter.com/BrvnGmcMsr
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 24, 2021
While she argues that she needs to discuss it with her family, it might be more likely that she’s scared of another election at a time when both her poll numbers and those of Democrats generally are plummeting.
As SF Gate reported back in August, Pelosi is even less popular than many other controversial political figures:
A new poll from NBC News found that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the most unpopular high-profile politicians in the United States, with higher unfavorable ratings than former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The poll, conducted among 1,000 adults between Aug. 14 and Aug. 17, found that just 31% of Americans have a positive view of the San Francisco Democrat, compared with 53% who hold negative views towards her (a 22 percentage point split). For reference, Trump had 38% favorable rating and 49% unfavorable rating, and McCarthy was 15% favorable and 27% unfavorable.
And, as Breitbart News reported, she’s only done worse in polling since then:
The leader of congressional Democrats has dropped double digits in approval rating since February per the latest National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) battleground survey results, a whole new low for Pelosi that further complicates Democrats’ efforts to pass President Joe Biden’s agenda and save their majorities in the U.S. House and Senate next year.
The results, obtained by Breitbart News, show that Pelosi has fallen to just a 36 percent approval rating across congressional battleground districts—with a solid majority of 57 percent of Americans disapproving of her performance. This October battleground poll, therefore, means she is 21 points underwater—a full 10 percent worse than she was in the NRCC’s February survey, when Pelosi was just 11 percent underwater.
And that article came before the major GOP victories in Virginia and Ohio. With those in mind, it might be even more likely that Nancy Pelosi will decide not to run again in 2022. For, as Conservative Brief describes, unpopular Nancy Pelosi might just be too much of an albatross around the necks of Democrats running in 2022:
With a razor-thin majority in the House, Pelosi’s unpopularity could be an anchor around the Democrat Party in the 2022 midterm elections and further shrink their presence in the House of Representatives enough to give Republicans the majority.
Pelosi herself, however, is yet to comment on the rumors or announce what her plans are for 2022.
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