Nancy Pelosi has been THE MOST successful House Speaker in history. That's why she's hated. It's not just that's she's a woman, it's that she's a strong, San Francisico, liberal woman who's accomplishments are only overshadowed by the Senate's inability to keep up with her legislative successes (see:Frustrated House still waiting for Senate action on 420 bills). The right hates her because she's so. damn. good. at getting things done.
She didn't lose the House for Democrats on Tuesday. Mealy-mouthed Blue Dog, Corporate Democrats, and an impotent Senate Majority leader did.
Via Rachel Maddow:
UPDATE: Also see:
- Pelosi's Triumph
- Nancy Pelosi will stay as leader of minority Dems
- Frustrated House still waiting for Senate action on 420 bills
- House Democrats Punished for Senate's Failures