February 06, 2009

Pelosi Part II

A couple days ago I wrote that it seemed to me that Nancy Pelosi is becoming detached from reality. Peggy Noonan at the WSJ has noticed it too although she is a little kinder in her assessment than I was.

One senses in a new way the disaster that is Nancy Pelosi. She was all right as leader of the opposition in the Bush era, opposition being joyful and she being by nature chipper. She is tough, experienced, and of course only two years ago she was a breakthrough figure, the first female speaker. But her public comments are often quite mad—we're losing 500 million jobs a month; here's some fresh insight on Catholic doctrine—and in a crisis demanding of creativity, depth and the long view, she seems more than ever a mere ward healer, a hack, a pol. She's not big enough for the age, is she? She's not up to it.

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