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Politics


Can Nancy Pelosi Ride a Democratic Wave?


I BY JAMES MEYERS


t’s a do-or-die year for beleaguered Nancy Pelosi. After three decades in Con- gress, the California Democrat


who will forever be remembered for proclaiming, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” appears to be in deep political trouble. There are growing signs the 78-year-old House Democratic lead- er’s career on Capitol Hill may be in jeopardy — despite predictions Demo- crats may ride a “wave election” in the midterms that would return her to power as House speaker. Some ana- lysts believe the Democrats could seize 60 or more House seats — and also win the U.S. Senate — which would appear to cement her position. Pelosi came to the House repre-


senting her San Francisco district in 1987 and became the first and only woman speaker of the House in 2007 — ironically by pledging to “drain the swamp,” the same slogan Donald J. Trump used in 2016. She was speaker for just four


years until Republicans, led by John Boehner, gained the majority in 2011. After Donald Trump and Repub-


lican success in the 2016 elections, many grass-roots Democrats began whispering that it’s time for fresh lead- ership in the House. Those whispers became a roar following the upset vic- tory of anti-Pelosi Democrat Conor Lamb in the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District. Demographics in the district heav-


ily favored the GOP candidate, State Rep. Rick Saccone, in the race to replace former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned last fall fol- lowing revelations of an extramarital affair. It is largely rural and subur-


36 NEWSMAX | MAY 2018 FACT FILE Nancy Pelosi, 78


Career: • Speaker U.S. House 2007 — 2011. • First woman, first Italian-American, and first Californian to lead a major political party in Congress.


Family: • Married Paul Pelosi, 1963 — present, five children. • Both her father and brother have been mayors of Baltimore, Md. Achievements: • Raised more than $100 million for Democrats since becoming speaker. • Set record for longest speech on House floor last year, speaking nonstop for eight hours to oppose a budget deal that did not address immigration.


Famous quote: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”


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