The word around Washington is that this is likely to be Nancy Pelosi’s final term in Congress.
Pelosi definitely has her exit scripted in her mind.
But Nancy Pelosi got hit with a curveball that could derail her retirement plans.
In order to win the Speaker’s gavel in 2019, Pelosi had to promise socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to only serve two terms running the House of Representatives.
This current Congress is the second—and supposedly—final term of that bargain.
Many figure that Pelosi will then announce her retirement rather than not serve in leadership for the first time since 2002.
But Pelosi would like to leave on the high note of maintaining—or even growing—the Democrats’ majority in the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.
Key to that effort was buffaloing the Republicans into agreeing to start a “bipartisan” commission to investigate the January 6 incident at the Capitol.
Pelosi and the Democrats want to gaslight the American people into thinking what happened on January 6 was an armed, white supremacist insurrection staged by Trump supporters that killed five people.
In reality, the only person that died directly as a result of the events at the Capitol was an unarmed woman and Air Force veteran named Ashli Babbitt who was shot by a police officer.
No one has been charged with bringing firearms into the Capitol and the “insurrection” lasted just a few hours.
Democrats want Republicans to put their fingerprints on a kangaroo court that will produce a report blaming Republicans for whatever happened that day, possibility implicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and will create a blueprint to bring criminal charges against Donald Trump.
After weeks of hemming and hawing, McCarthy put out a statement the day before the vote on the bill announcing his opposition.
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said in a statement opposing the commission.
South Dakota Senator John Thune stated that McCarthy’s opposition to a commission made it harder to see ten Senate Republicans voting to break a filibuster and providing the votes necessary to pass legislation creating a commission.
“It’s a little more uncertain, I would say now,” Thune stated.
“When the leader over there comes out in opposition to it — my understanding was they had it kind of worked out, Republicans and Democrats were going to join together on this based on the changes that had been made,” Thune added. “But if that’s not the case, that certainly could affect the way people over here view it.”
Shortly after McCarthy’s statement of opposition, Donald Trump posted on his blog that Republicans should not fall into the Democrats’ trap of supporting Pelosi’s stacked-deck commission—where Democrats pick the staff and can demand information from federal agencies without any input from Republicans—and should also not accept any deal that doesn’t investigate the antifa and Black Lives Matter acts of terrorism.
“Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission. It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately. Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!” Trump wrote.
Pelosi hopes to use this commission to write the Democrats’ campaign commercials next fall by dragging in McCarthy for testimony intended to embarrass him by forcing McCarthy to divulge the contents of his conversations with Donald Trump on January 6.
McCarthy will be leading the GOP’s efforts to retake the House and Pelosi wants swing voters bombarded with commercials about how voting for Republicans will turn the country over to “seditionists” McCarthy and Trump.
If Republicans can mount enough opposition to the commission legislation so that the bill dies in the Senate, it could deprive Pelosi of the one political narrative she believes will help her leave Congress with her legacy secure by defying history and helping the Democrats keep control of Congress.
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