Monday, October 18, 2010
Why Pelosi's defeat would be the nation's loss
By JONATHAN WOLFMAN
Nancy Pelosi may lose her position as speaker and, conceiveably, she may lose her congressional seat. If she does, it will be a palpable loss.
We have health reform, even if imperfect, because a woman, this woman, is speaker.
When Scott Brown of Massachusetts upended the Senate's Democratic supermajority last January, then-White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emmanuel and President Obama considered seriously scaling back the content and speed of reform. Pelosi, so keenly aware of what the bill would mean for women's and children's health, now and forever, cleared it up for them both, repeatedly and in person and in exceedingly strong terms.