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Posted on 10/25/2010 3:41:22 PM PDT by hopeisnotaforeignpolicy.org
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Chances are if youre a conservativeor judging by this latest Gallup Poll, an Independent voteryou do not have a favorable impression of Nancy Pelosi. In fact, if youre a conservative, then the mere mention of her name likely conjures up a number of images and thoughts that offend your limited government sensibilities: Obamacare, San Francisco liberalism (turns out shes from Baltimore!), big government, etc. Rochelle Schweizers book, Shes the Boss: The Disturbing Truth About Nancy Pelosi, provides an interesting and unvarnished portrait of the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In a well footnoted account, Schweizer details Pelosis rise to power through the San Francisco Democratic Establishment and her formative years in Baltimore, where she learned the business of politics from her father, Big Tommy DAlesandro, the Baltimorean equivalent of Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall Machine. In fact, Little Nancy, as she was known in those days, learned the importance of patronage and influence peddling watching her father operate as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then as Mayor of Baltimore.
The book chronicles her hard-fought battle against Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer in 2001 for the position of minority whip, her campaign for minority leader, and her eventual accession to the Speakers office. For those who have forgotten: Pelosi, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, is third in the presidential line of succession. Schweizer also reminds readers that while President Obama signed the health-care reform bill on March 23, 2010it was Pelosi who, using everything she had learned from Big Tommy, jammed the incredibly unpopular piece of legislation through the House of Representatives.
Schweizers central argument is that Pelosi is not only a granola-liberal San Francisco ideologue, but a cold and calculating political boss in the tradition of Boss Tweed, her father Big Tommy, and her San Fransisco mentor, former Congressman Phil Burton. Pelosi knows she isnt loved and she has no problem with being feared. In fact, she cares little about public opinion polls. She knows full well that her views are wildly out of touch with the vast majority of Americans. But with the power of structure of the Democratic Party and the dominance of liberals over moderate and conservative Democrats, popularity with the majority of the American people is simply not required for a leadership post. As Schweizer concludes, Nancy Pelosi rose to power not on the basis of ideas but by pulling the master levers of a fine-tuned machineraising money, demanding loyalty, and enforcing uncompromising discipline when necessary. For Pelosi, the quest for power has always trumped ideology.
While her tenure as Speaker certainly appears to be winding down (what is more, she has a serious challenger this year for her seat), Schweizers book helps conservatives to understand Nancy Pelosithe political boss rather than simply the liberal lighting rod shes most widely known for being. Its difficult for a conservative to unemotionally analyze Pelosi, but its important to remember Sun Tzus adage to Know they enemy. If conservatives are to be successful in the realm of ideas and on the battleground of electoral politics they need to understand the modern Democratic Party and the state of the liberal movement in America. Pelosi represents the views, strategies, and tactics of the liberal left in America.
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