Nancy Pelosi's back. The San Francisco Democratic congresswoman lost her speakership in 2010 after four years, amid that year's Republican sweeps. Now she's likely to deliver the majority of votes on a fiscal cliff-avoidance deal, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.
Pelosi "leads a unified caucus whose votes will be needed to pass any deal to avert more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts come Jan. 1." House Speaker John Boehner's "Republicans, by contrast, are rebellious and fractured, having abandoned their leader."
The situation is ironic considering the political target Pelosi once was. "Having lost the speaker's gavel in 2010 after a GOP pummeling that drove her approval rating into the basement, Pelosi now finds herself more popular than Boehner, whose 31 percent approval rating in a recent Rasmussen survey now ranks him as the least-liked congressional leader."
Pelosi's Democratic Caucus doesn't have many moderate or conservative-leaning lawmakers left. Most are cut from the same liberal cloth as Pelosi, so she's in little danger of losing her leadership position.
Via The San Francisco Chronicle.