Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Pelosi Problem
So what is it about Pelosi that makes her the GOP's go-to personification of evil? Democratic Speakers like Tip O'Neill or Jim Foley never incurred such vitriolic animosity, although they were every bit as partisan and every bit as powerful. What makes Pelosi so "special?"
Correct! You got it on the first guess! She's a woman. Conservatives are staunch upholders of "traditional values" — and what deeply held belief is more "traditional" than misogyny? To the conservative mind, the very idea of a woman exercising great power is unsettling — frightening — as unnatural as a cat quoting the Book of Revelation (or, perhaps, a black president.)
It's kind of pathetic: the chief motivator of conservatives in general, and the Republican base in particular, is fear. Xenophobia, usually defined as fear of strangers, has a more generalized definition: fear of anything perceived as strange. It's a debilitating condition.
Personally, I think it's time for the gerontocracy to give up the reins, but if Pelosi becomes Speaker again, it will be fine with me.