Dec 13, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi's power play

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A day after schooling President Trump on-camera and then returning to the Hill to joke about his manhood, Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi extinguished a months-long revolt among some younger House Dems by agreeing to term limits for top leaders.

Why it matters: "Within moments of announcing she would restrict her time in the job [to no more than four additional years], seven of her critics distributed a statement promising to back" her in the final vote for speaker — a clinch, AP's Alan Fram reports. "It moves a 78-year-old white woman to the cusp of steering next year's diverse crop of House Democrats, with its large number of female, minority and younger members."

Be smart: At almost every point during her time in leadership, going back to her 2001 run for Democratic whip, people have underestimated Nancy Pelosi at their own peril.

  • Members of the House, senators, presidents and world leaders have learned that no one has a better handle on their caucus, or is better at figuring out how to get things done.
  • Pelosi can play the inside-the-Capitol game to get votes, while going deep on issues.
  • Robert Mueller aside, she is officially the president's biggest problem for the next two years.

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