Nancy Pelosi is a capable leader but she embodies the stagnant past of the Democratic party, asserts David A. Lowe of CNN. She has proven unable to embrace causes that matter to a new generation of American voters while staying too cozy with corporations. From workers’ rights to regulating big oil, Pelosi’s efforts have been too weak. The abandonment of Bernie Sanders’ powerful, youth-driven movement in favor of maintaining the status quo was a big reason for Democrats’ failure in 2016. The party needs new blood that champions progressive causes and understands what the America of tomorrow should look like.
While not without faults, Nancy Pelosi is the best option Democrats have, writes Peter Beinart of The Atlantic. New liberal members of the party want a more progressive leader but they have already understood that she’s the most left-wing option there is. Pelosi’s ability to lead and hammer out deals is second to none. Even the way she has squashed a minor Democratic revolt against her by making key concessions shows her acumen. Simply put, she understands politics. While her public speaking ability may not be as sharp as that of others, Democrats need a leader that can advance their causes. Pelosi can be exactly that.