For two years she had made life difficult for Donald Trump (74), initiated impeachment proceedings against him and tore up his speech to the nation in front of millions of TV viewers. Now the democratic opposition leader Nancy Pelosi (80) showed her archenemy how to be re-elected.
The political grandmother from California (she gave birth to five children in just six years before her Washington career, has nine grandchildren!) Was re-elected chairman of the US House of Representatives on Sunday. At the constituent session of the Congress Chamber, Pelosi just achieved the necessary majority for re-election for the influential top post with 216 votes. Their challenger, Republican Kevin McCarthy, got 209 votes.
As number three in the state ranking after the president and his vice-president, she is the most politically powerful woman in America!
As soon as Joe Biden (78) is sworn in on January 20th, that will change. The future Vice President Kamala Harris (56) – the first woman to hold this post – will then replace Pelosi as the most powerful US politician.
Similar to Harris, Pelosi has already made history. From 2007 to 2011, the Democrat was the chairman of the House of Representatives – as the first woman.
She has been in the political business for decades. In 1981 she was promoted to chairman of the Democratic Party in California, and six years later she went to Washington DC as a member of her district
There she made a name for herself as a skillful tactician and ideal party leader. Her image: she knows how to ward off criticism, organize majorities and catch deviants.
She belongs to the moderate wing of her party and is a realpolitician. For a long time she was reluctant to initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Their calculation: There would never be a necessary two-thirds majority in the Senate, which is dominated by the Republicans. That’s why she wanted to defeat Trump in the November 2020 elections.
But when it emerged that the ex-entertainer had urged the new President of Ukraine to deliver incriminating material against alleged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, she had no choice. In the end, she turned out to be right. The impeachment proceedings were thrown out by the Senate.
How much political skill she has became apparent in January 2019. When her election as chairman of the Congress Chamber wobbled and the left wing of the Democrats called for rejuvenation, she successfully fended off the revolt. She was elected by a clear margin with 220 to 192 votes (also against McCarthy).
In the past two years under Trump, she showed what decades of political experience can be worth: She knew the finesse of parliamentarism only too well and let Trump appear several times.
The democrat has often shown perseverance. She will probably need toughness over the next few months. You will then no longer have to do with a President Trump, but possibly with a Senate that is still dominated by the Republican.
The majority will be decided in the runoff elections for two Senate seats in the US state of Georgia on Tuesday. And: with the narrow majority of her party in the House of Representatives, she will have to hold her own ranks even closer together and keep left-wing MPs in check.
It probably had its most spectacular appearance on February 4, 2020. At that time, Donald Trump gave his last address on the situation to the nation in front of almost 40 million American TV viewers. When he finished, Nancy Pelosi could be seen tearing up a copy of his speech. A previously unique incident.
The Republicans spoke indignantly of disgrace. But the Democrats celebrated them frenetically – and promptly re-elected them. But Pelosi vowed: This will be her last term in office.