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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has privately blamed “queen bee” “progressives” like far-left Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Pramila Jayapal for Democrats almost losing the House in the 2020 general election and is reportedly no fan of either White House chief of staff Ron Klain or HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
These and more bombshells are contained in an upcoming book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” written by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
While a few tidbits from the book have already been reported in recent weeks, the latest revelations are quite stunning.
According to Punchbowl News, which had a chance to review the book for itself, one bombshell is that “Pelosi privately blames progressives for nearly costing Democrats the House” and has said that Ocasio-Cortez and Jayapal are “fighting to be ‘queen bee’ of the left.”
“In a few strictly confidential conversations she pointed a finger leftward. Pelosi told one senior lawmaker that Democrats had alienated Asian and Hispanic immigrants with loose talk of socialism,” Martin and Burns reportedly write.
“In some of the same communities, the Italian Catholic speaker said, Democrats had not been careful enough about the way they spoke about abortion among new Americans who were devout people of faith.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who goes by the nickname “AOC,” is notorious for ranting and raving about why socialism is allegedly good and capitalism is allegedly bad.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 19, 2022
Anger from Pelosi resurfaced again last year when the so-called “progressives” joined together to try to prevent the House from passing the bipartisan infrastructure package.
“During the infrastructure vote, Pelosi was angry, and in private she vented about the progressive blockade that had forced her to cancel the infrastructure vote,” a quote from the book shared by Punchbowl News reads.
“She told another House Democrat that Pramila Jayapal and Ocasio-Cortez were vying to be the ‘queen bee’ of the left, but that their reward might be serving in the House minority after the next election.”
Indeed, current polling data strongly suggests Republicans will sweep the House and may even sweep the Senate as well.
After the 2020 election, Rep. Abigail Spanberger had warned Democrats that they would face such a fate unless they pulled back from their embrace of radicalism.
We could get ‘f—ing torn apart in 2022’: Inside scoop of frantic House Democrat Caucus call https://t.co/JIPxhhNTgP
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 6, 2020
While some Democrats heeded Spanberger’s warning, it appears the majority — including Pelosi, or so conservatives would argue — didn’t.
Regarding Klain, Martin and Burns reveal that Pelosi is no fan.
“Not all Democrats shared Biden’s admiration for Klain; some party leaders grumbled about his hard-charging manner and expansive intellectual confidence. The Speaker of the House was one of those Democrats,” they write.
“Late in the 2020 campaign, Pelosi grew openly annoyed when an adviser urged her to consult with Klain about health care legislation. What, she asked, does Ron Klain know about anything?”
Conservatives would likely agree with this criticism of him.
According to Martin and Burns, Pelosi also cares little for Becerra and was troubled when President Joe Biden nominated him to serve as HHS secretary.
“To some Democrats, Becerra was a baffling choice. He was not a public- health expert, and he was certain to face a tough confirmation fight if Republicans held the Senate,” they write.
“Among the flummoxed Democrats was perhaps the most significant political partner for the incoming administration: Nancy Pelosi. The Speaker had worked closely with Becerra in the House and saw him as untrustworthy.”
PELOSI was frustrated and troubled when Biden chose @SecBecerra to lead the federal health department in the middle of a pandemic
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) April 8, 2022
Martin and Burns’ book also contains a few other less notable bombshells, including one about Pelosi’s resentment over having to fight for the speakership.
“The experience of begging for support was wearing on her. .. Pelosi was the only Democrat in the chamber — the only Democrat alive — who had already served as Speaker, who had shown she could do the legislative arithmetic and twist the necessary arms to get things done. And yet [her fellow Democrats] were making her grovel. ‘At this point in my life, I don’t need this,’ she vented,” they write.
“Her victory in holding onto the speakership, ‘seemed like a joyless one.’ Pelosi expressed her frustration with unusual vehemence that day, discussing her political future in a way she rarely did around colleagues. ‘You couldn’t pay me a billion dollars to run for Speaker again,’ Pelosi said.”
But it appears that’s not necessarily true.
According to reports, she’s absolutely running for reelection again this year. However, she refuses to confirm whether or not she’ll run for the speakership again in the rare case that Democrats maintain the House.
.@GStephanopoulos: “How worried are you about the midterms right now?” @SpeakerPelosi: “I don’t agonize, I organize. We fully intend to win this election…Forget history, we’re talking about future.” https://t.co/UiOZSt7ouE pic.twitter.com/HJG2NrkouO
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 13, 2022
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