Can Pelosi Make the Center Hold?

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readFeb 8, 2022

Heavy is the head that wears the crown.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. June 19, 2019. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

This past year has been unfairly hard on Democrats.

Elections have consequences, and it seems winning in 2020 meant a good deal more than sending Donald Trump out to pasture in furthest Florida.

Winning in 2020 meant getting stuck on clean-up duty, KP- come what may with COVID19. And what came was far from an orderly retreat of the novel coronavirus and a full return to life as usual.

The challenges of COVID19 alone continued well into Joe Biden’s presidency, as we all know only too well. Variants, endless debates over masking, school closures, mandates; all juxtaposed against a steady march of deaths from covid, hospitalizations from covid, and covid cases.

A recent move by the administration to change the way hospitals report COVID19 may provide some much-needed good news.

Everyone checking into a hospital for any reason over the past two years has been tested for COVID19. Considering how many people are asymptomatic, this testing choke point may have resulted in an elevated count of covid hospitalizations.

Someone being treated after a car accident, for instance, who happened to test positive for COVID19, has been classified as a COVID19 hospitalization thus far during the pandemic.

Falling numbers of COVID19 hospitalizations should provide some good news to voters fatigued by the pandemic and indeed indoor mask mandates have already been ended in Colorado and New Jersey.

Because in addition to the COVID19 deaths and hospitalizations, there have been and continue to be other challenges as well.

Shut-downs, production slow-downs, sick-outs, staffing shortages; all these have impacted everything from supply lines to the cost of fuel and raw materials.

Add record-setting inflation, sharply rising crime, increasing rates of drug addiction, overdose deaths and suicide in some demographics and the result is perhaps…