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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics$
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Ronald M. PETERS, Jr. and Cindy Simon Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383737.001.0001

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The Outside Game

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(p.109) Chapter 4 The Outside Game
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics

Ronald M. Peters

Cindy Simon Rosenthal

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses Pelosi’s electoral role and message operation, beginning with its early evolution during her service as minority leader and then tracing its evolution since she became Speaker. She led the Democrats to an electoral revival, and her communications team has been technologically savvy and disciplined. She is the chief campaign fund-raiser of her party—she raked in at least $26 million for the DCCC alone in the 2008 cycle—and its leading spokesperson, having made more House floor speeches than any other Speaker in recent history. She lives and breathes the mantra she has instilled in her closest political advisors—message, mobilization, money, and management. Nonetheless, her public persona and speaking style expose some of her limitations, which have been the targets of criticism and sometimes misogynist caricature.

Keywords:   Nancy Pelosi, electoral role, women politicians, Speaker of the House, Democrats, campaign fund raising

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