“She apparently has strong views on this issue and I’m sure she will make those views known,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who says at this point she remains “skeptical” about military intervention. “On the other hand, she has always made it clear that she is not going to press people to do one thing or another. She has never done that when it’s an issue of war and peace, that’s not what she does.”
But Democrats have to weigh whether it would be a devastating blow to the president should the majority of his own party fail to support him.
It surely must weigh at least in part on Pelosi, a party loyalist who supports Obama and wants to help him succeed on Capitol Hill.
But Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a co-founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a Pelosi ally, disagrees.
“She’s making her case for her view. It’s not for the administration,” she said. “If you don’t know Nancy Pelosi by now, Nancy Pelosi has not been afraid to speak out. She has made her determination. She has thought it through, she has listened to the intelligence, and I haven’t spoken to the leader at all but she has been in classified briefings and she is listening. She came to her own conclusions.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.