When the democrats won big in November, I didn’t think much about the fact that Nancy Pelosi would become speaker. If anything, I thought it was cool that she was from the Bay Area. I always got a chucle when I heard the right wingers try to scare people with “San Francisco Liberal”.
It wasn’t until last night’s coverage of the first day of the 110th congress and hearing Nancy Pelosi’s acceptance speech upon being elected speaker that I realised what a big deal it is that she is the first woman to hold that job. If Bush and Cheney die in a plane crash, Nancy Pelosi would be president. That is the closest a woman has been to the presidency ever. You go girl!
But then again… It’s pretty f’d up that this is even a big deal at all. How many other countries have female heads of state? This is probably why it never occured to me that this is a big deal at all. It shouldn’t be but it is. Makes you realize how backward we are in the US.