Washington, December 31
There’s little doubt that Nancy Pelosi will be reelected House Speaker when the new Congress convenes Sunday. It could take a high-wire act for her to get there, largely thanks to the pandemic.
The only woman in history to serve as Speaker, the California Democrat has a reputation of a formidable vote-counter and wily deal-cutter.
Those skills have helped her fend off threats and cement her as leader of her party in the House since 2003, and seem likely to carry the day on January 3, when the Constitution requires the new Congress to begin. “Yeah, I do,” Pelosi told a reporter this week when asked if she had the votes wrapped up.
In what seemed an indication of confidence, Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that Rep.-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, will be sworn in, even as Democratic opponent Rita Hart’s challenge to the election results remains under review by the House. Miller-Meeks is certain to vote against Pelosi to be Speaker. Even so, the terrain Pelosi faces will allow almost no margin for error. — AP
Skills that count
The California Democrat has a reputation of a formidable vote-counter and wily deal-cutter