The scuttle butt about passing HCR is focusing more on the House than on the Senate this week. My take is that if Nancy Pelosi wants it passed, it passes. She’s a powerful speaker, maybe not quite the LBJ of the House, but certainly a lot stronger than any Congressional leaders of recent memory (admittedly, Frist, Reid, and Hastert don’t set the bar too high).
One thing I don’t understand is why Pelosi isn’t seen as more of a feminist icon. In 2008, we were treated to months of discussion about Hillary Clinton breaking or failing to break the glass ceiling, how coverage of Hillary was sexist, how this was womankind’s shining moment or worst disaster, and so on. Why isn’t there more discussion of Pelosi in this context? Not only is Nancy Pelosi one of the most powerful people in American politics (I’d put her second, after Obama), she got there the old-fashioned way by winning elections and knee-capping people who crossed her. We’ve never heard anything about her marriage or about how she generated sympathy by crying before a primary.
People in the House are genuinely afraid of Pelosi, to continue along with the whole fear discussion. I know Congressional staffers and they speak her name in whispers (what higher praise can there be?).
Isn’t it kind of big deal that the more powerful legislator of our generation is a woman?
Update. Numbskull writes:
Basically you answered your own question. The ‘feminist icon’ storyline has been minimal. Pelosi is powerful. Ergo, Pelosi quashed the feminist narrative.
I agree, but I’d like to know why having such a powerful female speaker doesn’t also quash narratives like “Palin will appeal to Hillary supporters”.