Nancy Pelosi doesn’t exactly bring warm and fuzzy feelings when her name is mentioned in Texas.
The former U.S. House speaker is a liberal California lawmaker. She’s now the leader of the Democratic Party’s minority in the House. She was the first woman ever to hold the speaker’s gavel. Love her or loathe her, it is believed widely — by partisans in both major political parties — that she was an effective speaker.
Still, those qualities don’t exactly play well in Republican-friendly, deeply conservative Texas.
Pelosi has paid a visit to Evan Smith, editor in chief of the Texas Tribune and is Smith’s next interview subject on “Overheard with Evan Smith,” which airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on PanhandlePBs.
I’ve noted before how Smith has been able to score these big-time interviews. Pelosi is another a good one.
She’s now caught in the middle of a budget battle between the House of Representatives and the White House. Her interview was recorded a few weeks ago while she was visiting Texas seeking to raise money for state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, who recently announced her campaign for the Democratic nomination for Texas governor.
Pelosi is acting more confident these days that she might regain the speaker’s chair when the 114th Congress convenes in January 2015. Her Republican colleagues are getting pasted and pilloried in the polls over the government shutdown and a possible debt ceiling crisis.
I’m quite sure Smith will explore that possibility with Pelosi.
I’ll try to, um, overhear what she has to say.