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Jonathan Bernstein

How Pelosi Won (Again)

She’s good at the job and understood the political context. Her opponents, not so much.

She’s back.

She’s back.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Two new pieces, from the Washington Post and Politico, offer behind-the-scenes details about Representative Nancy Pelosi’s successful fight for a second stint as speaker of the House. Both tell the same story: Pelosi prevailed by demonstrating just how good she is at her job. As the Post put it, she won by “methodically undermining her opposition, tapping a vast network of allies and relying on a grab bag of political favors.”

A few specifics are worth highlighting.