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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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(p.155) Chapter 5 Governing
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics

Ronald M. Peters

Cindy Simon Rosenthal

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces Pelosi’s actions in organizing the House for the 111th Congress. It then analyzes her relationship with President Obama, from both a personal and institutional perspective. At the outset of the new administration, much attention was focused on Obama’s professed interest in fostering a degree of bipartisan accommodation in Washington. The chapter analyzes bipartisanship’s meaning and prospects. It then offers an assessment of Pelosi’s strategic approach to governing in terms of partisanship and bipartisanship. It considers the controversy that arose over her knowledge of the program set up by the Bush administration to use what it called “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs, i.e., “waterboarding” and other practices to inflict suffering on detainees in order to elicit information from them). Finally, it discusses the legislative record of the first session of the 111th Congress.

Keywords:   Nancy Pelosi, House of Representatatives, 111th Congress, President Obama, bipartisanship, enhanced interrogation techniques, legislative record

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