For someone whose party hasn’t secured a single meaningful legislative or electoral victory in the past year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was all too eager to sing her own praises in a recent interview with the Washington Post.
The interview failed to cover the myriad questions that have been raised about Pelosi’s leadership ability from within her own party, and instead focused on her much talked about fundraising acumen. The article thus serves as a self-promotion mechanism for Pelosi, whose ego needs a boost as Republicans see success branding her as the problem with the Democrats. She went as far as to characterize herself a “master legislator.”
“I am a master legislator. I just love it,” she told The Washington Post. “I consider myself a weaver, like I have a loom. And I bring all these different threads together.”
Pelosi had considered stepping down from House leadership prior to the 2016 election, but ultimately decided against it after Clinton’s loss to President Trump. She has said that her decision was based on her belief that her experience would be needed in the GOP-controlled Congress.
From the Washington Post:
Over the summer, the GOP won a special House election in Georgia by tarring the local candidate with the Pelosi brand. One ad featured the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and a pig-tailed hippie flashing a two-fingered peace sign. Democratic pollsters later found in focus groups that attacking Washington liberals proved effective in the Republican-leaning district.
“I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out,” President Trump taunted weeks later on Twitter. “That would be very bad for the Republican Party.”
Pelosi denies that any of this affects her or her caucus, arguing that 70 seats will be more competitive next year than the one Democrats lost in Georgia. Instead, she defiantly flashes a gay-pride rainbow flag band on the Apple Watch on her left wrist, refusing to disguise her liberal credentials.
“Self-promotion is a terrible thing, but evidently someone has to do it,” she explained a few days earlier, sitting in her Capitol office for one of several interviews with The Washington Post over the past two weeks. “The minute you do better, they will come after you, and that’s why they come after me.”
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