House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi agrees it’s “time for new blood” in the Democratic Party but doesn’t feel comfortable giving up her leadership position as long as President Trump is in power.
“I do agree that it’s time for new blood and we should move on, and if Hillary Clinton had won and the Affordable Care Act was protected — I feel very proprietary about that — I was happy to go my way,” the California congresswoman told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview Friday.
“To have no woman at the table and to have the Affordable Care Act at risk, I said, ‘As long as [Mr. Trump’s] here, I’m here,’” she added.
Some Democrats have been reluctant to back Mrs. Pelosi as the party’s leader ahead of the November midterm elections amid warring factions in the party between moderate and far-left Democrats.
Mrs. Pelosi, however, said she is “very comfortable” about the support she has in her caucus and is confident she “will be” House speaker once again.
She also declared that if the midterms were held today, the Democrats would take back the House and “women would lead the way.”
“If the election were held today, we would win overwhelmingly and women would lead the way,” she said. “We have so many excellent women candidates from women across the country. Women marched and then they ran, and now they’re running and now they’re going to be members of Congress.
“Nothing is more wholesome for America, for our system of government and politics than the increased participation of women in our leadership and their participation in our government,” she added later in the interview. “I honestly believe if we decrease the role of money in politics and increase the level of civility in politics, we’ll even have many more women who will go forward, enter the arena, win the fight [and] make a difference.”
Given the fact that Nancy Pelosi believes that the dead speak to her and give her advise, this isn’t the best news America could have gotten from her.
Yes, she believes the dead speak to her. See below.
At an appearance in San Francisco last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) repeated her story that the spirits of women’s rights activists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul and Sojourner Truth squeezed into her chair—and then spoke to her–the first time she went to a meeting at the White House after being elected House Minority Leader.
When she was elected to that post on Nov. 14, 2002, Pelosi became the first woman in U.S. history to become the leader of either party in the House or Senate.
“I sit down and as he [President George W. Bush] is being so gracious and welcoming, I feel really squeezed in in my chair,” Pelosi told the audience at an August 22 event sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California.
“I mean I’m, like I’m squeezed in in my chair,” she said. “And I am thinking: What is this? And I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth. All of them. They were all in the chair, right there, with me. They were right there. I’ve never had that experience before or since. They were right there on the chair. And I could hear them say: At last we have a seat at the table.
“And then they were gone,” said Pelosi.
Here is a transcript of Pelosi telling the story at the Aug. 22, 2018 PPIC event:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
“When I first, went to my first meeting, as representing as a leader, went to my first meeting, to the White House, I wasn’t apprehensive about it because I’m an intelligence person more than anybody else in the history of the Congress. I have been there on intelligence matters. I’m an appropriator. I was a leader on the Appropriations Committee. And, so, I just didn’t even think about it. I am going to the White House for a meeting. Well, when I went to the meeting and the doors closed behind me, I realized that this was unlike any other meeting I had ever been to in the White House. In fact, it was unlike any meeting that any women had ever been to in the White House.
“Very small meeting: President of the United States and Vice President and then, House and Senate, Democratic and Republican leaders. Just small, maybe ten people at the most, around the table. And I felt: Oh my! Because here I was. Now, women sit at the Cabinet table, yes, appointed by the president—whose vote counts more than anybody else’s at the table.
“But I was coming, elected by my colleagues, first branch of government, the Legislative Branch, Article 1. First time. So, I sit down, and President Bush is gracious as he could ever be. George W. Bush. Welcoming or this or that. Lovely.
“And while he was talking about it: Oh, yeah, I’m sure we’re going to hear some things we haven’t heard before. You know, you can just imagine. But he was lovely and gracious. The Bushes always that.
“So, I am sitting in my–I sit down and as he’s being so gracious and welcoming, I feel really squeezed in in my chair. I mean I’m, like I’m squeezed in in my chair. And I am thinking: What is this? And I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth. All of them. They were all in the chair, right there, with me. They were right there. I’ve never had that experience before or since. They were right there on the chair. And I could hear them say: At last we have a seat at the table.
“And then they were gone.
“And then I could pay attention to President Bush. And then they were gone. And my first thought was: We want more. We want more.
“But just a reminder of the shoulders that all of us stand on. And those who stand on our shoulders as well.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 10th, 2018