I've never been able to figure out why everybody hates Nancy Pelosi so much.
Last August NBC News posted a list of 35 Democratic House candidates and incumbents who publicly stated that if the Democrats took back the House they wouldn't vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House even though she's been the leader of the House Democrats for most of this century. None of the Democratic candidates opposing Pelosi gave any particular reason for their opposition other than a vague pseudo-quotable - apparently agreed upon by the lot of them - about it being time for a chance in leadership.
Never mind that Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking female law-maker in the history of the United States government and that Barack Obama has called her the best Speaker the House of Representatives has ever had.
In fact Nancy Pelosi is a strong Progressive who has championed health care, civil liberties, LGBTQ and women's rights, education, and the environment, just like Bernie Sanders. Who, of course, nobody hates. Everybody loves, or at least respects, Bernie Sanders.
But that was before.
The chain of events that has been unwinding since the midterm elections last Tuesday has changed everything.
Or at least I hope it has.
Because it's become clear that last week's midterm Democratic victory in the House of Representatives,not to mention the "Rainbow Wave" of candidates of color, LGBTQ candidates, Muslim, Native American and minority candidates and women who won their midterm elections,
There was Donald Trump the day after midterms at his press conference, agitated, bellicose, snapping and snarling at journalists, insulting them, shouting them down, calling them enemies of the people.
There was Trump revoking the press pass of reporter Jim Acosta for daring to press him for answers to hard questions.
There was Donald Trump firing his own Attorney General,
But then there was Nancy Pelosi, the day after the midterm elections, calmly but in no uncertain terms assuring the country that the House of Representatives would uphold its responsibility of oversight of the Executive branch, and that when it came to conducting investigations,
"We'll know what we're doing, and we'll do it right,"
We can only hope. Because, hate Nancy Pelosi if you must, if there was ever a moment that our country needed a Congressional leader unafraid to go after and de-fang the vipers' nest that the White House has become, that moment is now,