Nancy Pelosi has proven with astute work and leadership that she is the right person to serve as House Majority leader, writes Steve Israel of The Atlantic. Her ability to raise funds for and guide the Democratic party has been proven. She led her party during the Trump presidency, coordinating with Republicans to raise the debt ceiling, finance Hurricane Harvey relief and stop the government shutdown. Her negotiating skills shone strongly during this time. In the 2018 election cycle, Pelosi raised almost half of the Democrats’ total of $270m herself. She should continue leading her party as House Majority Leader.
The negative reputation of Nancy Pelosi drags down the Democratic party and makes her a potential liability, believes Walter Shapiro of The Guardian. Her name has been used to discredit Democratic candidates across the country. A 2018 Quinnipiac University poll found that 83% of voters know her, while only 29% approve of her. Conor Lamb, who ran for Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional district, had to struggle to remove being associated with Pelosi. Without her in charge, Republicans would lose a big target that they can use to rile up their base. For the future of the party, Pelosi should be replaced.