Pelosi’s im­por­tant trait

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

In “Pelosi’s path to speaker’s post may not be smooth” (Our Views, Nov. 19), you cor­rectly point out that a num­ber of fresh­men and sea­soned mem­bers of the Demo­cratic cau­cus don’t sup­port Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to re­gain the speaker’s chair. You also note that she is up in years, that her lead­er­ship team is too, that Al Sharp­ton is a sup­porter, that Repub­li­can in­sider and po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Karl Rove be­lieves some new­com­ers “could suf­fer po­lit­i­cally for sup­port­ing her,” etc.

But you failed to men­tion Pelosi also en­gi­neered the largest gain for her party since 1974. Con­versely, Repub­li­cans el­e­vated cur­rent ma­jor­ity leader and Cal­i­for­nian Kevin McCarthy to the top post in their sig­nif­i­cantly smaller cau­cus re­plac­ing the soon to de­part Speaker Paul Ryan. Hmmm. Pelosi, a woman, and her ag­ing al­lies, in­clud­ing a black law­maker from South Carolina, mop up the floor, not to men­tion the rest of the House cham­ber, with the younger, tele­genic, mostly white males and sup­pos­edly tac­ti­cally su­pe­rior team lead­ing the party op­po­site.

Nancy Pelosi may be un­pop­u­lar in some cir­cles, but she has one trait very im­por­tant to re­main rel­e­vant in pol­i­tics. She wins.

Cal Hob­son, Lex­ing­ton

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