Pelosi bet the bank on health care reform

By Laurie Bennett

March 22, 2010 at 6:52am

After months of Pelosi the Ferocious, today we witness Pelosi the Gleeful.

Politico notes that in the yearlong effort to pass health reform, “No one threw more political chips on the table” than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

House Minority Leader John Boehner warned last night that Democrats’ support for the package would drive them “off the cliff.”

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi is betting that the bill’s passage will instead restore her party’s grip on power.

On her way to the Capitol before the vote, she carried the oversized gavel pounded by the late John Dingell to mark the passage of Medicare 45 years ago.

It was an image that conveyed her grasp of idealogy, power and pragmatism. Pelosi never backed down from her commitment to reform, even after the Massachusetts Senate election, when other Democrats were ready to flee.

As she said on Jan. 28: “We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to get health-care reform passed.”

In the end, she delivered the votes.

Now she’ll have to help drive popular support for the reforms and the Democrats who backed them.

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  • #1.   Betsp 03.28.2010

    How about Pelosi, the former speaker of the House?

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