Analysis: Nancy Pelosi’s frank admission of attack on Paul Pelosi


Nancy Pelosi has always played her political cards very close to her chest.

That makes what he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday about his political future all the more important.

Here is the exchange:

Cooper: I don’t ask what the decision is. I’m wondering, have you looked ahead? And have you made up your mind, whatever that decision is?

Hairy: Well, I have to say, my decision will be influenced by what happened in the last week or two.

Cooper: Will it be – will your decision be affected in any way by the attack?

Hairy: yes

That, well, is a very big deal.

And, on a very human level, it makes perfect sense. Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband was attacked with a hammer by a man looking for them. Paul Pelosi fractured his skull and had to undergo surgery.

Hearing Nancy Pelosi describe how she found out about the attack is heartbreaking.

“I was sleeping in Washington DC,” he said. “I just got in the day before from San Francisco. … I hear the doorbell ring, and I think it’s five something – I look up, I see it’s five. Who – it must be the wrong apartment. no He knocks again, and then bang, bang, bang, bang, bang on the door. So I ran to the door, and I was very afraid. I see the Capitol Police. And they said: ‘We have to come in to talk to you’.”

Scary, isn’t it?

In this age of politics, we tend to forget that politicians are people too. And what Pelosi describes is the kind of thing she would do any we reexamine our life choices.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that he will step down or even step down as the House’s top Democrat if Republicans regain the majority in the midterm elections.

Pelosi has been this cycle before. He stripped Democrats of their majority in the House after a wave election in 2010 that prompted some within the party to leave. He resisted those calls and continued as House Minority Leader, only to be re-elected as Speaker once Democrats regained control of the House in the 2018 elections.

But, it is now 12 years older than after the 2010 elections. And she’s dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event in her home.

I’ve stopped predicting what Pelosi will do in the future because she’s proven me wrong so many times in the past, showing political resilience and appeal that few leaders (in either party) have matched.

But I think her recent comments about attacking her husband suggest that Pelosi’s calculus will be different after this election. It will not be only political. It will also be human.