November 14, 2006

Madam Speaker

I want to be like Nancy Pelosi when I grow up.

... On a tour of the ravaged Gulf Coast this summer, Rep. John Larson questioned the California Democrat's pledge to rush a packed agenda through the House in the first 100 hours, if Democrats won the majority. Why not a more realistic timeframe, he asked, like 100 days?

Pelosi rested her hand on her Connecticut colleague's arm and reminded him, politely but firmly, of the devastation they had just seen. The 100-hour goal would stand. "Madam leader, you've made your point," Larson replied.

... While raising five children, she waded into state politics as a fund raiser and organizer, becoming California Democratic Party chair in 1981. She was narrowly elected to the House in a 1987 special election, at age 47.

... She is a stickler for good behavior. Pelosi pledged on election night to lead "the most honest, the most open and most ethical Congress in history" and earned wide praise earlier this year when she forced Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., to surrender a coveted seat on the Ways and Means Committee, after he became embroiled in a corruption scandal. ...

Talk about your high-achieving late bloomers. Gives me hope, that's all I'm saying.

Posted by natasha at November 14, 2006 07:36 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |

I think this is great that Nancy Pelosi has gotten this far in politics. It is already a great achievement for her to have become the House Minority Leader. I think she will be a role model for many females who are interested in politics. She has made it very far in a male-dominated area. I think it will be a good thing if she becomes the Speaker of the House. It's going to open a lot of doors and I'm hoping for the best if she really does become the Speaker of the House. I agree with Natasha, she gives me hope too that maybe the government will steer away from all these scandals that have been showing up so frequently.

Posted by: Stephanie Ngo at November 14, 2006 09:04 PM