Pelosi’s important trait
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