Pelosi, the Democrat whose retirement has been rumored for a while now (though not as long as it’s been hoped for by all those of us that can’t wait to see the wicked witch of the West go), is having a bad time of it as of late. Not as bad as Brandon, mind you; his self-inflicted trials and tribulations are beyond compare in the American political scene right now. But still, it’s pretty bad.
For one, Democrats around the country are fleeing the party, deciding not to run rather than face the red wave. As the New York Post reported, “Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that they will not seek reelection in November, becoming the 27th and 28th House Democrats who will not be back in the chamber after the midterm elections.”
Yikes. That’s bad for the Democrats, which is why it’s bad for Nasty Nancy. You see, now she faces a choice in 2022, and neither of her options is a good one.
On one hand, she can follow the lead of all the other Democrats that are swimming away from the sinking USS Brandon, leaving the party to flounder around in the boiling water of public opinion as she departs for her California estate. Or, on the other hand, she could dispel rumors of her retirement, break her “two-term” pledge to voters, and jump back into politics with both feet, doing her best to resuscitate her party despite the utter disaster created by Brandon.
This first option would be more personally painful and deflating, as it would leave her remembered as the party leader that ditched the DNC in its hour of need. Nasty Nancy is someone who clearly cares about her legacy and being remembered as a girl boss, so being remembered somewhat less than fondly by Democrats wouldn’t be her preference.
But, on the other hand, her second option is no better: that would entail putting up with at least two more years of the craziness imposed on her by Brandon, constantly trying to defend the indefensible as he ruins everything. That would give her the opportunity to be remembered well, if she succeeds, at least, but would also be a brutal slog, the political equivalent of Passchendale.
Neither option is good, but the second one leads into Pelosi’s other problem, which is that Team Brandon is both simultaneously incompetent and radical, meaning that it’s too unpopular to get anything done and too dumb to realize why. Pelosi, who might be radical but isn’t dumb or incompetent, surely realizes why, but doesn’t want to have to break it to Brandon that calling Manchin “Jefferson Davis” probably won’t win him over.
So, instead, she has to watch her party collapse as Brandon alternates between rambling in seriously senile fashing and angrily yelling at people that are just surprised he’s temporarily sentient. It’s an utter disaster, one that’s surely weighing on her.
But it’s not just weighing on her; the toxic green sludge that is Team Brandon is also eating through the supports of her party, something that will make it impossible for them to hold onto power (unless the RNC implodes, which is certainly possible thanks to the RINOs).
What that means is that the delicate political structure Pelosi has spent years constructing, one that weighs the interests of semi-moderate Dems like Manchin with outright radicals like AOC and so gives them a fighting chance against the right, might all be gone in a puff of wind; Brandon might have blown it over by pushing radical policies and making support of them a line in the sand. And Pelosi has to sit and watch the bumbling moron knock over all the cards she spent years stacking, deciding whether to jump back in and start rearranging them or to turn around and leave for good. It’s not an enviable position.