Nancy Pelosi is the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives. She is the third most powerful figure in the US government after the President and Vice President.
She is a plane crash and a decent heart attack away from leading the most powerful nation on the planet.
She is however known as a fierce opponent of the Republican war machine. Though she supported the Clinton Administration’s military actions in Haiti, Kosovo, and Bosnia, she has denounced both the 1991 and 2003 wars in Iraq.
Elected in 2003 as the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress, Pelosi is credited with unifying the Democratic caucus. A study by Congressional Quarterly found that “over the past half-century, Democrats in the House were never more unified” than they were under Leader Pelosi in 2005, voting together a record 88 percent of the time.
Pelosi is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton. At a 2004 event, called “Revolutionary Women,” then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested that Clinton could easily be the country’s first female president.
“I’ve always said that my role in Congress is an extension of my role as a mother,” Pelosi said. “No one has done more for our children than Hillary Rodham Clinton. There’s plenty of time for Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the first woman president of the United States of America.”
Of Pelosi, Clinton said, “I cannot wait until she is sworn in as the first woman speaker of the House.”
Though not widely known, Pelosi has been a long term member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has served on the organisation’s executive committee.
However according to a July 5th 2005 article in the San Francisco Chronicle
The Progressive Caucus began trying to change things when it was founded in 1990 by Rep. Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont. It says it’s the largest single caucus among House Democrats, who now number 202 in the 109th Congress…
The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, has been a longtime caucus member. But as leader of all House Democrats, she has a policy of not belonging to any individual caucuses. Rather, she says she is concentrating on unifying Democrats of all stripes in their effort to take back the House…”
Pelosi’s staff indeed deny that she is currently a member of CPC, however according to an article published on leftist website In These Times on November 8th 2006
Democrats as a whole will benefit from controlling the House of Representatives, but yesterday’s victory bodes especially well for members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), a coalition of 63 left-leaning Democrats that includes Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Was this a mistake? Interestingly, In These Times is listed in the links and resources section of the CPC’s official website. They in turn link back to CPC. You would think they would be in a position to know Pelosi’s affiliations.
So is Nancy Pelosi’s current “non membership” of the CPC merely a tactical move? Is the third most powerful person in the US, really a covert socialist in the heart of the US Government?