Girl from Baltimore, wildly unpopular, wins high office

Nate Silver at Five Thirty Eight turns his attention to post-election polling finds: "this just in: Ms. Pelosi is not very popular with the American public." http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/is-pelosi-americas-most-unpopular-politician/#more-3615Still, she remains the Democratic party leader in the House; Johnathan Allen and John Harrisdetail "five reasons why what may look like a self-defeating move by Democrats actually made perfect sense to lawmakers gathered in the spacious caucus room of the Cannon House Office Building Monday."Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45265.html#ixzz15kzs0ClbMy own view: if she were a white male, people would be drooling over what she accomplished against tremendous odds. She's not a white male, sooo.....

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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