She bows out. After having led Democrats in the House for nearly 20 years, Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she was giving up running for the post of “leader” of the party to hand over to “a new generation”. At 82, the one who marked American politics by becoming the first female Speaker of the House, will retain her seat as representative of California, at least for now. Joe Biden hailed a “fervent defender of democracy”, especially during the capitol assaultand the “most important Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history.”
For his farewell speech, only a dozen Republicans were present. The Conservative Party, which has regained a narrow majority in the House in the midterm elections, should be led by Kevin McCarthy, if he manages to obtain the support of the populist wing to be elected Speaker in January.
Nancy Pelosi hailed the diversity of the House of Representatives, recalling that there were only a dozen elected Democrats when she arrived in Congress in 1987, compared to nearly 100 today. When she was done, the one who is known for her white and colored suits but above all her iron fist and her sense of negotiation, received a standing ovation, including from the Republican Steve Scalise.
Nancy Pelosi hailed the “accomplishments” to which she made her contribution with three American presidents, citing George Bush, Barack Obama, with historic health reform, and Joe Biden, but she deliberately omitted Donald Trump.
The former US president had a contentious relationship with Nancy Pelosi, who led two impeachments against him, and tore up his State of the Union address live two years ago. When Nancy Pelosi’s husband was attacked with a hammer by a conspirator who wanted to take the Speaker hostage, Donald Trump has remained silent.
After 20 years at the head of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi will leave a void that will be difficult to fill. Who to succeed him, while his faithful lieutenant, Steny Hoyer, will also hang up at 83? Young Democratic shooters like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will have to wait: The frontrunner is Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, 52, who has chaired the Democratic caucus since 2019.