Pelosi Likely Secures Speakership, But Did She Throw Her #2 and #3 Under the Bus? Pelosi Likely Secures Speakership, But Did She Throw Her #2 and #3 Under the Bus? – NTK Network

Pelosi Likely Secures Speakership, But Did She Throw Her #2 and #3 Under the Bus?

The powerful House minority leader is all but certain to return to the speakership in January 2019 following a new deal with her Democratic opponents. In the process, though, she may have undercut her key deputies.

By NTK Staff | 12.13.2018 @10:00am
Pelosi Likely Secures Speakership, But Did She Throw Her #2 and #3 Under the Bus?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accomplished something extraordinary this week: despite having led the House Democratic caucus for 16 years, and despite the very public calls for leadership change from some in her party, Pelosi secured four more years as leader of the House Democrats.

Politico‘s write-up on the deal has lots of good details about Pelosi’s lasting power in the Democratic Party, but one detail has been overlooked in the coverage of her re-ascension to speaker: in order to keep her hold on power, she effectively had to throw two of her deputies under the bus.

Politico‘s Heather Caygle, Rachael Bade, and John Bresnahan wrote:

The term limits are retroactive, meaning the four years Pelosi served as speaker beginning in 2007 would count against her. The same goes for Hoyer and Clyburn, meaning the longest the three of them can serve in their current posts is through 2022, though they could serve in other leadership positions.

…Pelosi has agreed to abide by the term limits for her speakership even if the caucus doesn’t approve the proposed changes. Hoyer and Clyburn, meanwhile, were expressing opposition even before the deal was announced.

What did that opposition look like? Hoyer summed it up by saying Pelosi, a longtime ally, doesn’t “negotiate for me.” It seems Pelosi did just that, though, and Clyburn is not too happy about it either:

“I stand squarely with the Congressional Black Caucus’ position … The caucus is adamantly opposed to term limits and seniority modifications,” Clyburn said. “I’m not concerned about me. I’m concerned about those young people in the Congressional Black Caucus and whether or not these modifications will have an adverse impact on them … We didn’t come here privileged.”

It remains to be seen how an acrimonious relationship between Pelosi and two key deputies would impact House Democrats’ ability to govern. Pelosi, though, has cleared a major hurdle with her intra-party rivals this week.

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