Image: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (standing left) is one of the toughest people in Washington, D.C.
San Francisco and Washington, D.C., December 21 – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rules the House Democratic Caucus with an iron fist. Pelosi is the toughest Speaker in the past half-century. The cohesion of the House Democrats reflects their fear of Pelosi more than anything else.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in the United States. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in America necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political, business, or policy goals. In other words, she or he can get things done in America.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named six other people in the Power Top Ten:
#5, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell
#6, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos
#7, West Virginia United States Senator Joe Manchin
#8, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
#9, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
#10, President Joe Biden.
#4: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
To a point, Nancy Pelosi gets things done. Mostly, she has an iron rule over the two hundred and twenty-one (221) members of the House Democratic Caucus, plus the small contingent of liberal Republicans, such as Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who usually vote with the other party.
Since she first became a Member of Congress in 1987, Pelosi knew how to play the “game” of internal politics within the House of Representatives. She successfully won assignments to the House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, on the latter of which she served as ranking Democrat. Both of those committees gave Pelosi the opportunity to influence national policy as well as bring home particular needs for the Bay Area.
Pelosi gets a lot done from using her “mother of five” voice. In truth, like many children, the Democrats in the House fear Pelosi and the wrath she’s willing to impose for intransigent members.
The problem, however, is her extremism and the far-leftism she both tolerates and encourages among the members of the Democratic Caucus. Unlike many of her predecessors, such as Speaker Tip O’Neill or his successor Jim Wright (of Fort Worth), Pelosi does little to build bipartisan coalitions. That reflects her adversarial personality as well as the fracturing which has occurred to separate the two political parties much farther apart than they’ve ever been.
Part of what has given Pelosi her enormous national power is her longtime service on the Democratic National Committee before she won election to Congress. By the time, Pelosi reached Congress in 1987, she had already built a national base of support, particularly for fundraising.
After she came to the House, her national fundraising base allowed Pelosi to help members of Congress from across the Nation with fundraising in their own districts. For that reason alone, Pelosi, the consummate Democratic fundraiser, has always engendered a strong base of supporters among the Democrats for whom she has raised money. There simply is no better political fundraiser in America, with the exception of former President Donald Trump.
The real question about Pelosi is: how long will she remain as Speaker of the House? At the age of 81, Pelosi will remain the Democrats’ leader in Congress until age prevents her from doing so.