Chris Cillizza | Let’s face it, Pelosi’s the most effective leader in Congress

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post:

Here’s a little secret about Congress: Nancy Pelosi remains the leader that inspires the most fear among her colleagues.

It’s worth thinking about Pelosi’s current role in Congress — and her legacy in that chamber — as she celebrates her 75th birthday today. She’s been in Congress since 1987 — she won a special election to replace the late Rep. Sala Burton — and has spent the past 14 years as a member of the Democratic House leadership — including four years, from 2007 to 2011, as the first female speaker.

Pelosi, never one for deep introspection publicly, hasn’t reflected much on either her career or her landmark birthday beyond what she’d like for a present.


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