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Why are Democrats afraid to oppose Nancy Pelosi?

That's what Tucker Carlson asked on his program Wednesday after the House minority leader bucked calls from within her own party to step down and announced her intention to run again for House Speaker.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Boston Globe that she's "confident" Democrats will regain control of the House in November under her leadership.

"We will win. I will run for Speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too," the 78-year-old Pelosi said.

Carlson said many Democrats clearly don't want Pelosi in a leadership role, but none of them will say it publicly.

"She holds this mystical power over them. Why?" he asked.

Author Mark Steyn said Pelosi's "contradictions and inane statements" would have sunk most politicians, but she's remained in power because she's a "ruthless operator."

"If you're a Democrat and you run up against Nancy Pelosi, it's not going to work out too well for you," Steyn said. "She's serious and she's telling them, 'Back off, because when we win in November, I'm going to be the Speaker. Don't get in my way.'"

Carlson suggested this fear of Pelosi is a measure of just how weak many Democratic members are. He said Democrats are "terrified" at the prospect of Pelosi remaining in the party leadership, while Republicans are eager to keep running against her policies. 

Watch the "Tucker Carlson Tonight" clip above.

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