America has never had a woman President or Vice President but then again America has never had a woman Speaker of the House before either.
And Nancy Pelosi is unlike previous women to seek one of the nation’s top two spots, Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin: Pelosi already has a mega-job that could easily catapault her into the White House.
Pelosi is feared by Republicans and Democrats alike. Even Barack Obam has deferred to her twice already during his brief presidency. Obama gave Pelosi and her team the job of crafting the economic stimulus package and now he has said she will spearhead creation of the health care reform measure.
Pelosi has also revised the rules of the House to preserve her clout and control.
So Pelosi is doing much of the heavy lifting in the Obama Administration; arguably more than Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, Timothy Geithner, Hillary Clinton or any of Obama’s many other czars and assistants….
By Andrew S. Ross
San Francisco Chronicle
When San Francisco’s Chamber of Commerce-led delegation meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during its stimulus-dollarhunting expedition in D.C. next week, members might want to ascertain whether the hometown Democrat is rowing in the same direction as President Obama. Recent media reports suggest not. Pelosi’s “snubbing” of Republicans as she fast-tracked the stimulus package, according to a Newsweek story last week, denied the president some measure of the bipartisan support he sought. “Pelosi was very publicly undercutting the president,” an administration official is quoted as saying. “Obama wants that to stop.”
Pelosi says the story “couldn’t be further from the truth.” “The speaker agrees with him on almost every issue, although there will be disagreements on some things,” Brendan Daly, Pelosi’s communications director, told me. But the story did leave some bruised feelings. “Some of the Obama people said things they shouldn’t be saying,” said another Pelosi supporter.
And the speaker did halt another Obama initiative in its tracks – the establishment of a blue ribbon-style Social Security panel to figure out how to keep the program from going bankrupt. “The speaker thinks a new commission isn’t necessary,” said Daly. “This can be done in Congress.” Pelosi has told House committee chairs to include Social Security reform in federal spending hearings she wants held.
One suspects the necessary changes to Social Security won’t be fast-tracked any time soon.
US President Barack Obama (R) sits with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) at a dinner for congressional committee chairmen at the White House in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)