Nancy Pelosi: A Maddeningly Confident Woman

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in her office at the Capitol, October 28, 2009. Photo: Marco GrobRedTracker| New York Magazine just published an in-depth feature on Nancy Pelosi: Why Is Nancy Pelosi Always Smiling?

How refreshing that Pelosi — whether you’re a Dem or Republican — doesn’t seem to lose her cool under attack. With so many of us women worrying about whether we likeable or not, Pelosi plows ahead with her agenda.

Her own staff says that she seriously doesn’t care about her poll numbers. Author Vanessa Grigoriadis sums up current Republican sentiment about Pelosi:

The way that Pelosi always thinks she knows the right thing to do can be very annoying to a lot of people. To conservatives, she’s the devil: “Mussolini in a skirt,” “Nancy Botox,” a “domestic enemy of the Constitution.” In August, when she and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote a USA Today editorial calling town-hall shouters “un-American” for stifling national debate, a radio host said he’d like to punch her in the face; Joe the Plumber wanted to “beat the living tar” out of her; and Glenn Beck brought out a cardboard cutout of her likeness, then pretended to drink wine alongside it: “I wanted to thank you for having me over here in wine country,” he cackled. “By the way, I put poison in your—no, I look forward to all the policy discussions we’re supposed to have. You know, on health care, energy reform, and the economy. Hey, is that Sean Penn over there?” She’s a high-handed lady who needs to be “put … in her place,” as the National Republican Congressional Committee said when she questioned General McChrystal’s advice on Afghanistan.

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