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Old 02-22-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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What do Nancy Pelosi's constituents think of their leader?

Does she "represent" the people of San Francisco. Is she the "face" of the people living here?
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:51 AM
 
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Just like all politicians that work from Washington, you don't really hear from them unless it's election time, so my feeling is neutral.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Meh.

She has a reputation for being an airhead, but she drives the right crazy. Solidly indifferent about her and most other CA politicians for that matter
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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What do Nancy Pelosi's constituents think of their leader?

Does she "represent" the people of San Francisco. Is she the "face" of the people living here?
Worthless.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I, and the other North Coast Democrats, are behind her 100%.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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A rather interesting political stance of Nancy Pelosi is that she has been consistently pretty critical of China's human rights record in the past. This doesn't sound very unique by itself - but you have to consider the context of SF and California.

Pelosi's district includes Chinatown and other neighborhoods with large Chinese-American populations. Many of the Chinese residents, particularly the ones who aren't recent immigrants, are fairly anti-Communist, might have fled China as refugees, and have no particular love for the Chinese govenment. According to my brother-in-law, who used to live in SF, this stance is pretty popular with the old Chinatown crowd.

But the funny thing is that her US Senate counterpart, and fellow SF neighbor, Dianne Feinstein, is known to be one of the most pro-China politicians in Congress. Friendly with former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (back to the days when he was Shanghai mayor and she was SF mayor). Her husband, Dick Blum, a private equity specialist, invests a lot of money into China ventures. I would think that the more recent immigrants from China would probably favor Feinstein's more pro-business, friendly approach to US-China relations - given the importance of US-China trade.

And in fact, when Pelosi got the House Speakership, there were concerns about her relatively hard-line approach to China being a concern to US-China relations/policy. But that hasn't really come up - given that her role and emphasis as being a Speaker of the House is to "do the math" (count and line up votes) and get legislation passed, rather than being on the foreign policy soapbox. She has moved on from speaking out on China.

Now you can agree or disagree with Pelosi's stances, but when it came to getting legislation done, she has been a lot more effective than John Boehner, who is inclined to cut deals but can't get House GOP members to agree.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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she drives the right crazy.
For that alone, she's a hero (the Fox goons absolutely hate her). Met her back before she got elected, along with Barbara Boxer. Both true to the cause. Good people.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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For that alone, she's a hero (the Fox goons absolutely hate her). Met her back before she got elected, along with Barbara Boxer. Both true to the cause. Good people.
Couldn't agree more! But the right has their people that make the left mad too like Rush Limbaugh.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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Democrats have PLENTY of polarizing talking heads, so I'd actually welcome some moderates that could actually get more things done.

The thing that irritated me about Pelosi was that when she was SOTH, NOTHING GOT DONE. It was as if the entire Democratic party was too busy celebrating GWB and his ilk being gone that they forgot they had work to do. She was in charge, so I think she's partially to blame.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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Democrats have PLENTY of polarizing talking heads, so I'd actually welcome some moderates that could actually get more things done.

The thing that irritated me about Pelosi was that when she was SOTH, NOTHING GOT DONE. It was as if the entire Democratic party was too busy celebrating GWB and his ilk being gone that they forgot they had work to do. She was in charge, so I think she's partially to blame.
I don't think that's a fair statement. She managed to get the health care legislation through. And the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act too. Maybe not as much as we'd like, but considering the political polarization going on, that is something. Again, compare that with her successor, Boehner, whose legislative accomplishments in the 112 Congress are some of the lowest in history.
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