The Wall street Journal has a new poll out today and the numbers don't look good for Nancy Pelosi (go to page seven to see what I'm talking about). This trend, however, really hasn't that been that much of a surprise to me
To start off I will say this: As the first female Speaker of the House, I think we should all be very proud of her achievement. But while holding that see I think she played her hand a little incorrectly. As politicians come she is ruthless, calculating, and knows when to use issues and crisis to her advantage... she's pretty much a perfect politician, which is why she's been able to rise to such a high rank in Congress. I don't think anyone should ever fault her for what she's accomplished for women. But since she's been in that position, she hasn't softened her image. She has always been ruthless in her ideology and just as unforgiving to Republicans and even members of her own party. This frankly is what's killing her. The way she mishandled the Health care votes and basically twisted arms until they were about to fall off have gone a long way I think in making her look bad to the American public and causing a lot of mistrust within her own ranks.
Also the fact that she used Republican scandals back in 2006 to claim that she was going to "drain the cesspool that is Washington politics" and then have multiple scandals from her own party arise have not sat well with people either. How many times have you heard someone sarcastically remark that this is the most ethical congress ever?
I think the writing is on the wall for her. Come November, whether Republicans take back the House or not, I think the dems will favor her ouster. If only to save themselves in the future.