Kirsters Baish| Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone, and continually avoided answering basic questions regarding her personal leadership in the Democratic community. Instead, she labeled the questions as “a little bit on the sexist side.” She was unable to recall Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s name. Her aide had to assist her.
The interview was hosted by Tim Dickinson, who touched on the Party’s chances of winning the House in this Fall’s upcoming midterm elections as well as the possibility of impeaching the President. Then, when he spoke about Pelosi, she began to turn sour.
Dickinson asked, “Have you ever been tempted to step away?”
Pelosi answered, “If Hillary had won and the Affordable Care Act was protected — I feel very proprietary about the Affordable Care Act. She’d be a woman in charge, the Affordable Care Act [would be] protected. I could have happily gone home. Nobody in California gets Potomac Fever, believe me. So it’s not about wanting to be there. It’s just a question of, ‘Who can fight this man who’s in the White House? Who really knows the territory?’ None of us is indispensable, but some of us have more experience and confidence in how to get the job done. And I can’t even think that they [her prospective male challengers] think it’s a good idea to say, ‘We have the first woman speaker, and now we’re going to say, ‘We’re not going to do that” I mean, no. No.”
To which Dickinson asked, “Is there a margin you need to secure that gavel? You talked about wanting to win 35 seats.”
Pelosi answered, “No, no. You only have to win [the leadership vote] in your caucus — and then you go to the floor [for the speakership vote]. People vote for the Democrat or the Republican. So I feel very comfortable about that. But I don’t feel like talking about it. My time is money, and mobilization and the rest. Part of it is messaging — and talking about me and what happens to me is the least important part of all of it.”
After the interview, Pelosi appeared to be agitated and nervous. She said of the questions, “I think some of it is a little bit on the sexist side, although I wouldn’t normally say that. Except it’s like, really? Has anyone asked whatsisname, the one who’s the head of the Senate.”
Aide Jorge Aguilar, who was seated right next to Pelosi prompted her, “McConnell.”
Pelosi shot out, “McConnell. I mean he’s got the lowest numbers of anybody in the world. Have you ever gone up to him and said, ‘How much longer do you think you’ll stay in this job?’ Nobody ever went up to Harry Reid and said that. Nobody ever says that to anybody except a woman. But it’s a thing.”
Pelosi has been slipping up over and over again lately. Pelosi was questioned about how she feels about people who claim that she is too liberal in her policies. She answered, “I’m [pro-] LGBTQ, I support those issues. I’m proud to. But they use that — they go into these districts and they say, ‘Too liberal.’”
Twitter users were all over it, obviously:
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) July 9, 2018
Nancy Pelosi's brain is MIA… https://t.co/kp2YFuWtqo
— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) July 9, 2018
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nancy Pelosi can't remember Mitch McConnell's name.
— Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) July 9, 2018
Rolling Stone interview of Nancy Pelosi
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) July 9, 2018
Democrats aren’t even happy with Pelosi lately. They have been trying to get her out based on factors like her age and the direction that the party is moving in, which seems to be toward “Democratic Socialism.”
The Democratic Party's age issues: Current House leadership, Pelosi, Hoyer, Clyburn, 78, 79, 77 years old respectively. Crowley, 56, would have been next generation leader. But he was defeated by 28 year old Ocasio-Cortez.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 27, 2018