Nancy Pelosi a role model for female Massachusetts pols

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"I want to like Nancy Pelosi. I have wanted to like her since she became a major player in the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives. We are of the same generation. And she is the best of all possible role models for women who have waited so long for people like Pelosi to help run the country. Pelosi is, famously now, a mother of five. She’s the daughter of a Baltimore mayor but she did not run for office until her children were grown. Nancy Pelosi began her public life in middle age and in 20 years rose to the top of her party in the U.S. House. Why don’t I celebrate her? Mainly, because until now she has seized every opportunity to be shrill about her displeasure with President Bush’s policies. I know it’s not politically correct to call a female leader shrill." (The Patriot Ledger)
Senior party operatives told The Sunday Telegraph that they are already co-ordinating plans to attack Nancy Pelosi, the liberal Californian congresswoman and Speaker-in-waiting who suffered a damaging rebuff from her own party caucus last week.
The Republican strategy is not only to undermine Mrs Pelosi's control of the House but also to associate her in voters' minds with Senator Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the 2008 Democrat presidential nomination.

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