[Ed. – ‘Pelosi’s final term as speaker’ has a nice ring to it.]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will embark Sunday on what stands to be her most difficult term yet — thanks to a diminished majority, a potentially fractious corps of left-wing lawmakers, the jockeying of would-be successors and the legislative ambitions of a Democratic president.
First, however, she has to get elected.
The speaker election will be the first high-wire act of many Pelosi (D-Calif.) is likely to face over the next two years, which she has signaled could be her last in the House. The razor-thin margin created by Democratic losses in November has prompted a vote-counting scramble in recent weeks as Pelosi’s lieutenants seek to ensure enough Democrats show up and cast their ballots for her fourth term as speaker.