Nancy Pelosi IS the Democratic leader in the US House….
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. is a second term law maker repping parts of New York City….
AOC got her job by knocking off a old-time Democratic House leader….
She , at time leads the Progressives , in the House….
She is learning to be a smart politician , and media iconic one at that….
Change in the American Congress NOT something that people there tend to like….
AOC is IS about that….
While AOC has generally supported Pelosi…
A new Pelosi book goes into the generational political change politics that veteran lawmakers do NOT like….
Adapted from Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, to be published by Twelve Books on April 20.
“Nancy doesn’t have much patience for people who don’t know what they don’t know.”
Pelosi was famous for having what POLITICO once described as “an iron fist in a Gucci glove.” There was no better example of that than her dealings with the Squad, the quartet of progressive women elected in 2018. She hadn’t survived as the top Democrat in the House for nearly two decades by ignoring challenges or challengers. Instead, she applied the lessons she had learned to win them over, or at least keep them at bay.
The relationship between the speaker and AOC, her party’s most charismatic newcomer, is complicated. Colleagues and congressional aides said Pelosi saw the New York congresswoman as a talented person but one who was often naïve about how the institution worked and unrealistic about what could be achieved, and how. She feared the Squad’s demands would imperil hard-won Democratic control — the slim majority that had put Democrats in a position to change the country’s course, but not to win every battle.
Allies of Pelosi compared AOC to Bernie Sanders, the nominally independent Vermont senator: a leader with a vision, but not a legislator who could build the sort of coalitions necessary to get much done in Congress. She was exactly the sort of fresh-faced, would-be revolutionary who had been giving speakers of the House trouble for generations. Pelosi saw them coming a mile away…..