Nancy Pelosi mainly succeeds at alienating Republicans and moderates; she’s a liability for the Democratic Party, believes Salena Zito of Townhall. Out of touch with common Americans, she called the $1,000 bonuses that three million of them were receiving “crumbs.” She also strongly exaggerated the Republican tax plan, suggesting that it would cause “Armageddon.” While some of this behavior may satisfy her base, it hurts the main Democrat goal of winning more voters. Even members of her party have distanced themselves from her. Moderates are crucial if they want to re-take the House and Pelosi only succeeds at estranging them.
A smart political strategist and good leader, Nancy Pelosi is a hugely underrated asset for the Democratic Party, reports Dana Houle in The Chicago Tribune. While she may be unpopular, so are other members of Congress, such as Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell. It’s not because of her, personally, but the institution she’s a part of. While she may not be the best public speaker, she excels at uniting her party and keeping representatives in check. Pelosi led the 2008 Democratic congressional victories. With her, Obama managed to pass his most important legislation. Even in 2018, Pelosi is incredibly valuable to the Democratic Party.