On CNN last week, Pelosi suffered awkward brain freezes, stared at the audience, and waved her hands while she appeared to be struggling to speak.
Rep. Linda Sánchez from California, the fifth-most-senior House Democrat, has since called for Pelosi to step down and ‘pass the torch’.
“I do think it’s time to pass a torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I think we have too many great members here that don’t always get the opportunities that they should.”
Sánchez was elected last year to be vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, edging out Rep. Barbara Lee, by two votes. She is the first woman of color to serve in a senior position.
The ‘Pelosi brain freeze’ is just the latest in a long series that have many worried about her health.
While calling for new gun laws in response to the massacre in Las Vegas, Pelosi said, “Responsible gun owners from the hills of Arizona to the duck blinds of Minnesota, all over, say, ‘We’re all law-abiding, we have many guns, we have as many guns as he had, but we have,’ uh, we have, um, uh,” she said, turning to moderator Chris Cuomo, before repeatedly waving her hands, as if emphasizing words that refused to exit her mouth.
“Background checks,” she finally blurted out.
Another time, it seemed her mouth was operating more quickly than her brain.
While talking about her response to Puerto Rico rebuilding after the hurricane, Pelosi said, “On the money side, uh, we have a letter,” she began before taking a deep breath.
“We have a letter, uh, that we’re sending to ask, uh, we want the Co— a letter came, not from us, the board that was established, to establish, to re-establish the, uh, financial integrity,” she stumbled, just as CNN cut to the audience, showing them staring expressionless at the Minority Leader.
“Economic integrity,” she corrected herself, “of Puerto Rico. When I say integrity, success,” she said, correcting herself again.
She continued to struggle to offer her explanation.
There has been a growing frustration among Democrats, who have been losing seats at all levels of government nearly everywhere except California for nearly a decade, that the party doesn’t have a coherent, appealing message.
Pelosi is stuck in the middle, seen as too progressive by heartland Democrats in swing districts and too much of a corporatist by progressive Democrats, where much of the party’s current energy lies.
Added to all of her recent gaffs, the calls for new leadership have been far and wide.
Pelosi is personally blamed for many of the recent losses as Republicans keep connecting Democrat candidates to the aging and unpopular leader.
While many have already called for Pelosi’s departure, Sánchez’s comments were ”a pretty bold step, and it reflects pressure within the party that they can’t continue to do things the same way,” said Lisa García Bedolla, director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.
So how long until Pelosi is gone? She is being primaried in her next race. She could very well retire. THAT would be the smart thing to do.
It is always wise to quit while on top, as opposed to being at the bottom and yanked out with a cane. She has already passed going out on top.Is she stubborn enough to embarrass herself?
We will see!
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