The speaker’s skillz

Had a discussion late night about the Health Care Reform bill and Nancy Pelosi’s role in getting it through.
Not a lot of people seem to know her background. This WaPo story from when she became speaker is a good backgrounder.

Critics deride Pelosi, 66, for a presumed lightweight liberalism they attribute to her latter-day home in San Francisco. But her liberalism — and the keen political instincts and skill at the inside parry of the game — can be traced more deeply and more precisely back to Albemarle Street, to the political empire that grew there when her father held court through decades of an intensely political life.