The announcement of the departure of Nancy Pelosi as leader of the Democrats in the future House of Representatives, won by the Republicans on Wednesday, aroused Thursday, November 17, a shower of tributes in the American press.
Even the conservative daily The Wall Street Journalwhose editorials are generally not kind to Democrats, added his voice to this chorus of praise: “Republicans who disagree with Ms. Pelosi on virtually everything can learn from her how to wield power effectively”underlines the editorial board of the newspaper which describes the Democrat as “most powerful ‘speaker’ of recent decades”. The daily recalls that even with a small majority in the House, a situation in which the Republicans find themselves today, Nancy Pelosi managed to “pass an ambitious program for Joe Biden”.
“His legislative triumphs, spanning four presidencies, are monumental”, adds the columnist of washington post Eugene Robinson. Starting with Obamacare: “Pelosi managed to persuade House Democrats to accept the best bill possible based on what the Senate would be willing to pass, rather than demanding ideal legislation that had no chance of being passed. voted” by Congress,” he said.
The first woman to preside over the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi oversaw the passage of landmark laws under the presidencies of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, as well as two trials in impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021.
A “carefully calculated” departure
If the Californian has decided to leave her post as leader of the Democratic group, she will however remain in the House where she will continue to represent her constituency of San Francisco. Hakeen Jeffries, elected from New York aged 52, should succeed him as leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.
“Her carefully calculated departure reflects the sway she has maintained over House Democrats for decades, rarely ceding control to her colleagues, tolerating little dissent and leaving little to chance”, analyze it New York Times.
The journalist from washington post Eugene Robinson recalls that the former “speaker” Democrat had a good schooling in politics with a father – Thomas D’Alesandro, former mayor of Baltimore – who taught him how to “counting votes and lobbying” on his colleagues, to win.
Announcing her departure on Thursday, the 82-year-old Californian explained that she wanted to leave “to a new generation”. “The main Democratic leaders in Congress – just like President Biden, who turns 80 this month – are much more aged than most party voters”, note it Los Angeles Times who rejoices in “generational change” political leadership in Congress.