House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just ended two long days of intense speculation. She has announced that she will run for Minority Leader in the next Congress.
In a tweet from earlier this morning, she said, “Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader”
From the letter she sent her Democratic colleagues,
“Our work is far from finished. As a result of Tuesday’s election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not. We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back. It is my hope that we can work in a bipartisan way to create jobs and strengthen the middle class
“Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader. Based on those discussions, and driven by the urgency of protecting health care reform, Wall Street reform, and Social Security and Medicare, I have decided to run.”
An analysis by MSNBC said thatÂ Pelosi is the best Democratic fundraiser after Obama and Bill Clinton and was along with Rahm Emmanuel an architect of the congressional election successes of 2006 and 2008.
Something else to remember. Pelosi almost never brought a bill to the floor unless she knew for certain that it would succeed. She’s one of the best vote counters ever.