Why Is 83-Year-Old Nancy Pelosi Running? It's All About the Benjamins, as She'll Gleefully Tell You

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As my colleague Nick Arama reported, 83-year-old Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) inexplicably announced a run for her 20th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has been darkening the halls of Congress for 36 years—Ronald Reagan was president when she was first sworn in. 

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Our nation’s elders just can’t seem to walk away from power—President Biden is 80, and his mind shows every bit of it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is 81 and suffering from bouts of “freezing,” and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is 90 years old and suffering from significant health problems.

Unbelievably, Pelosi said in her announcement, “Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery.” Thanks, but no thanks:

You want to bring this to the rest of the country, Nancy?

But why is she really running? Why isn’t she staying at home in her lovely city by the Bay, taking care of husband Paul, who in 2022 suffered a devastating hammer attack from a psycho who broke into their house?

You guessed it—it’s about the money. It’s also about her pathological hatred of former President Donald Trump, but the two things are intertwined. By raising more money, she can have a better chance of making sure Trump doesn’t win the 2024 presidential election.

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Does she have a grand vision for the country? A plan to help us navigate the malaise of the endless social battles, the lawlessness that's taken over our streets, the inflation-ravaged economy, the precarious foreign threats? Nope. But she does have a plan to raise cold hard cash:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi told a reporter Friday that she's mainly running for office to raise money for herself and other Democrats.

Speaking with outlet Politico, the 83-year-old representative from California said her veteran status in Congress is a major asset for raising funds.

"My focus is the House and presidency; you’re in a stronger position as a candidate," Pelosi told Politico in the interview. "You may not know this, but if you’re not a candidate, you really can’t raise money for yourself. And raising money for myself enables me to spend that on other people."

So there you have it, folks. The real reason Pelosi is running is not because of some grand vision, it’s just because she’s just really good at raking in the Benjamins. (She's also really good at fundraising for herself. The Pelosis have managed to increase their net worth by $140 million since the financial crisis of 2008, largely from timely stock trades by venture capitalist Paul.)

And although she wouldn’t mention Trump’s name, he clearly lives rent-free in her head:

"I feel so excited about the prospect of engaging people in this, I don’t want to use the word 'fight,' but this decision for our country," she said. "I feel I have a leverage, an influence, it’s not power — you know, I had power as speaker — it’s influence and that I shouldn’t underutilize it."

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It’s always amazed me that her pathetic stunt during the State of the Union speech in 2020 isn’t mentioned more often—she ripped up the SOTU speech of a sitting president on the House floor, as divisive and nasty act as I have ever seen in the hallowed chambers of Congress. 

Trump never did anything that crass, yet he is the one who is depicted by the mainstream media as the arrogant, classless buffoon. This lady couldn't spell "class" if you spotted her four of the letters. 

Pelosi may win again in her intellectually challenged district, and she may indeed raise a ton of money for Democrats. 

One thing she won’t do, however, is improve the lives of Americans or make our country better.

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