Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi is the 78-year-old Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives since 2011. She served as the 52nd Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, and the only woman to have done so.
Fast forward to January 2019, Pelosi is set to once again become the new Speaker of the House, under the majority led Democratic Party.
Pelosi is no wallflower or Pollyanna but is a wily old fox and is known as a skillful politician who knows and understands the intricacies of Washington better than most politicians.
She boasts a long resume, and her bragging rights include but not limited to the following:
Opposition to the Iraq War
Opposition to the Bush Administration’s 2005 attempt to privatize Social Security
Instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act
Supported passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform
Ensured the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act
Instrumental in the passage of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act
Supported the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Supported the 2010 Tax Relief Act which served as economic stimulus amidst the Great Recession
Pelosi is long viewed by the Republicans as a tough opponent to their agenda and is frequently used as a boogeyman of sorts by them.
She is often linked to Democratic opponents by the Republicans in their campaign tactics as she represents a lightning rod.
She has already put the Donald Trump-led administration on notice in her November victory speech by noting that the midterm election result was about “what a new Democratic majority will mean in the lives of hardworking Americans” and that “Democrats pledge a Congress that works for the people.”
Pelosi has pledged to “restore the constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” and stop what she called the GOP’s “assaults” on entitlements like Medicaid and Medicare as well as the Affordable Care Act.
In the meanwhile, President Trump is licking his chops as he likes a challenge even at the point of rolling in mud.
In a sound off in a tweet last summer, President Trump sarcastically encouraged Democrats to support the minority leader.
“Democrats, please do not distance yourselves from Nancy Pelosi,” Trump wrote in August. “She is a wonderful person whose ideas and policies may be bad, but who should definitely be given a 4th chance. She is trying very hard and has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!”
Following the win of the House by the Democrats in the mid-term elections in November, Trump tongue in cheek was again offering support to Pelosi.
“I would help Nancy Pelosi if she needs some votes,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to survey the devastation from the California wildfires. “I like her, can you believe it? I like Nancy Pelosi. She’s tough, and she’s smart, but she deserves to be the speaker, and now they’re playing games with her, just like they’ll be playing with me.”
Trump has accused Pelosi as having an “extreme job-killing agenda,” among other things.
It will be politics at its best next year, a derby year if you may and as the saying goes, “May you live in interesting times.”
Edited by Jesus Chan
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