April 4, 2020
Author: Chilton Williamson
Photographs of Nancy Pelosi show a woman looking increasingly hag-ridden, as in fact she is. The hag is Madam Speaker herself. She has recently turned eighty, and looks every makeup-plastered wrinkle and crease of it. Her public demeanor—her grimaces and her speech in her particular—suggest the Wicked Witch of the North. This is a presidential election year. Beyond the House, her party is in the opposition. The man she hates more than any human being in the world sits in the White House, and the Democratic Party has just conducted an inventory of 17 possible candidates from which to select a presidential candidate with the potential to beat him, and rejected all but one of them. The runner-up, Old Pretender that he is, claims to be still in the race for the nomination, but he is limping even worse than the pathetic figure mumbling and gibbering on ahead of him and the red-and-yellow Hammer and Sickle flag he struggles to bear aloft is shot through with holes and in tatters.
Pelosi is not an intelligent woman in the sense of possessing anything properly called an intellect, but she is a shrewd and experienced politician nonetheless. These qualities allow her to recognize where the quadrennial election of 2020 is going, and what she sees is driving her to desperation—always fatal to a politician. Kimberly Strassel pointed out in the Wall Street Journal recently that President Trump spent the past week distributing ventilators where they are most needed, sending a naval hospital ship to New York City, arranging loans for small businesses, setting up hospital facilities, keeping long-distance truckers on the road delivering food and other critical supplies, and holding nightly televised briefings with his emergency medical team, among other things. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent this week setting up a new House committee to investigate Donald Trump.” Her purpose is to try to guarantee that the President is not reelected–and, more importantly, that the Republicans do not retake the House in the fall
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—or, indeed, a woman infuriated for any reason. The female is deadlier than the male, etc. Quite true; yet her visceral loathing of Donald Trump and the personal vendetta she has been waging against him only partly explain her reprehensible behavior of the past several weeks. The hatred is genuine and high-octane, but as much as the lady hates, she now fears. The truth is that the pandemic may will prove to have ensured the President’s reelection by insuring him against acts of God and the threat of unforeseen circumstances beyond his or any Chief Executive’s control, while providing him with a crisis of the sort that is a godsend for leaders who combine executive competency with charisma and the ability to project a sense of self-assurance that inspires public confidence by infection. Trump has displayed both these qualities since he announced his presidential candidacy in 2016. Until quite recently, he succeeded in convincing only one-half of the country of their genuineness, but in first weeks of the present crisis he has managed to go beyond that half. Pelosi and the rest of her tribe, who have spent the past four years trying to discredit the President and sabotage his administration by making him appear at least as incompetent, evil, and dangerous as they have insisted from the beginning he is, do not need to read the polls (currently, 60% of the American public approve of Trump’s management of the pandemic) to understand what is going on. Trump’s Achilles’ heel was always the roaring economy he boasted of, since national economies can turn on a dime, and the Democrats have been hoping and praying to Baal that it goes off the tracks before November. As the basic law of the dismal science is that what goes up must come down (and vice versa), this might very well have happened in the six months to go before election day. Now, blame for economic bad news up to and including disaster can plausibly be laid only at the feet of the Chinese Communist Party, and beyond that at the footstool of the Deity Himself. Furthermore, once the virus has passed into the distance like a Category 10 hurricane, economic reconstruction and resurrection will be the most critical, almost the singular, preoccupation of the American public and the government. It is true that a significant proportion of Americans are off whoring after strange gods at the moment. But are there enough of them, and are they mentally crazed and morally irresponsible—or economically suicidal—enough to entrust the recovery to a man who is unable to distinguish his niece from his wife, remember which state he’s in, or refer more precisely to God than “the something”? Or, if not to him, then to a Castroite subscriber to Modern Monetary Theory? The prospect looks not only doubtful but unpleasant–not least to the stinking rich Democratic Establishment of which Speaker Pelosi is a charter member.
Nancy Pelosi’s desperation is not only evident, it is entirely justified. Donald Trump elected to a second term in the White House is her worst nightmare. But the reelection of Trump, and with it the possible return of the House to Republican control, would be for her an existential disaster, personally as well as politically. At the age of 80 she has nowhere to go if she loses the Speakership, especially as her party is being progressively taken over by the Progressives, who hate her almost as much as they do the President. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives. He was wrong about Americans generally, but right about modern American politicians who fail. Politicians, called statesmen in the aristocratic political world of centuries ago, were cultivated gentlemen who had interests in life beyond politics, and thus other resources to sustain and comfort them after stepping down from, or being voted out of, political life. Their modern successors, notably Mrs. Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, have no further interests or resources at all. For them, losing office in the twilight of life is death itself. Nancy Pelosi styles herself a Catholic, even unto the point of praying for Donald Trump. She has given the rest of us more than enough cause for suspicion by casting the votes, principally regarding abortion “rights,” that she has throughout her political career, but on this point Catholics are not permitted to speculate. Whether or not she fears, beyond the loss of high office, her likely fate in the world to come is her business, and hers alone.