She thought she could continue to win.
But that simply will not be the case.
Now, this startling news may mark the beginning of Nancy Pelosi’s downhill spiral.
Just recently, Nancy Pelosi was re-elected to another term as Speaker of the House.
And while she is trying to frame this as an easy win, the truth is quite different.
Pelosi won 216 votes total, just shy of the 218 votes needed to win by majority.
Her opponent, Rep. Kevin McCarthy secured only 209 votes.
This win comes as a shock to many, including her own political party.
In the weeks leading up to this election, several prominent Democrats have tweeted or stated that they will not vote for her due to their belief that she has done more harm to this country than help.
However, the win came about due to the specific voting laws for the election.
Since the pandemic, a special set of laws had been enacted to allow congresspeople to vote via proxy, thus allowing them to stay home and stay safe.
However, these laws did not go into effect until early January, just after the vote was held.
Thus, anyone who wanted their votes to count had to show up in person to submit their votes.
Many people thought this would be the downfall of Pelosi since the Democrats have advocated so hard for staying home.
Additionally, many of the members of the Democratic party are part of the high-risk group, preventing them from leaving their homes.
Another reason people believed she would lose was the widespread discontent with her leadership within her own party.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger stated:
“I kept my promise to vote for new leadership upon my swearing-in – and in this Congress, I remain consistent in my commitment to ushering in new leadership. Accordingly, I did not vote for Speaker Pelosi.”
Of course, Pelosi’s new term brings with it a host of worries right off the bat.
Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News stated:
“The fact that Pelosi could not even get a majority of members in the U.S. House of Representatives to vote for her—since the House has 435 voting members, a majority is 218—is a sign of how much weaker she is since the 2020 congressional elections in November saw massive losses for House Democrats.”
This vote has many implications going forward, not many of them good.
Primarily, it demonstrates the great divide in Congress.
Pelosi understands that she won by a hope and a prayer.
Thus, if she wants to keep that power, she will have to step on the toes of her own party to bend to the Republicans who stood against her.
This will cause a great upset in Congress and may overturn the entire thing all together.
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