And I’m not snarking. The NY Times describes how some Democratic officials view House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as an impediment to being re-elected, citing newly-elected Democratic congressman Conor Lamb’s supposed claim that he would vote against her leadership (I write supposed because he didn’t actually say that; he said he would consider all options). For conservatives, Pelosi is apparently their new Specter of Doom. In response, there have been defenses of Pelosi, including arguments that Pelosi-bashers are motivated by misogyny.
This is one of those rare times when sending out reporters to find out why conservatives and conservative-leaning voters dislike Pelosi. To put it more simply, getting them to say out loud why would be very instructive. I suspect the antipathy has less to do with Pelosi being a powerful woman (though that will be part of it) and much more to do with her being from San Francisco. In the conservative popular mind, San Francisco is home of TEH GAY SEXX! That’s what is driving this: hatred of liberal (and therefore GAY!) San Francisco. A good reporter would be able to tease this out.