Headline RoundupNovember 22nd, 2022

What Will Define Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Political Legacy?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Thursday that she will step down from party leadership, ending her two-decade long stint at the helm of the House Democrats. The news was followed by speculation of her replacement, as well as reflection on the legacy she will leave behind.

How the Media Reacted: A writer in the New York Times Opinion outlined the political climate Pelosi navigated to determine, “her most important acts of leadership have come at some of the nation’s lowest moments.” Jonathan Bernstein called Pelosi the “best speaker of the House of the modern era,” citing her ability to advance legislation during an era of increasing partisanship. The Washington Post (Lean Left Bias) Editorial Board praised Pelosi for breaking down gender barriers, stating, “she has inspired and helped usher into politics countless women.”

A writer in the Daily Wire (Right Bias) said “good riddance” to Pelosi, referencing her abortion and immigration stances to determine America was “ruthlessly gutted of blue-collar jobs, strong borders, and precious life” during her time as speaker. John Podhoretz called Pelosi a “great legislator,” later adding, “if you like the game of politics, you have to enjoy someone who plays it masterfully even if she’s on a team you dislike.” An article in Reason (Lean Right Bias) labeled Pelosi a “shrewd and ruthless politician” that “hung around for too long.”

For Context: Pelosi has served in congress since 1987, representing California’s 12th Congressional district. She has served as Democratic House leader since 2003.

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