Analysis: Nancy Pelosi’s candid confession about attacking Paul Pelosi | Tech US News

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

Which makes what she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday about her political future all the more important.

Here is the exchange:

Cooper: I’m not asking what the decision is. I’m just asking, have you looked ahead? And have you decided in your mind what that decision would be?

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

Cooper: Will – will the attack affect your decision in any way?

Pelosi: yes

Which is a lot.

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

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

“I slept in Washington, DC,” she said. “I just arrived the night before from San Francisco. … I hear the doorbell ring and I think it’s five – I look up and see it’s five. Who – must be the wrong apartment. No. He rings again and then, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang on the door. So I ran to the door and was very scared. I see the Capitol Police. And they said, ‘We need to come in to talk to you.'”

Scary, isn’t it?

In this age of politics, we forget that politicians are people too. And what Pelosi describes is something that could do what from us to re-examine our life choices.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that she will leave office or even leave her role as the top Democrat in the House if Republicans regain the majority in the midterm elections.

Pelosi has been through this cycle before. After the wave of elections in 2010 that swept the Democrats out of their majority in the House of Representatives, some within the party called for her to resign. She resisted those calls and remained House Minority Leader, setting herself up for re-election as speaker when Democrats regain control of the House in the 2018 elections.

But now she is 12 years older than she was after that election in 2010. And she is dealing with the consequences of a traumatic event in her household.

I’ve stopped predicting what Pelosi will do in the future because she’s proven me wrong so many times in the past — showing a political resilience and charisma that few leaders (in any party) have been able to match.

But I think her latest comments about attacking her husband suggest that Pelosi’s calculus will be different after this election. It won’t just be political. It will also be human.

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