Madame Speaker?

Nancy Pelosi's agenda for the first 100 hours of a Democratic House.

Published October 6, 2006 11:25PM (EDT)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thinks that the Foley scandal will help the Democrats woo back women voters -- especially married women -- according to this Associated Press profile.

In the piece, Rep. Pelosi outlines her agenda for the first 100 hours if the Democrats win the 15 seats they need to take back control of the House in November. With rhetorical zeal, she said she plans to "drain the swamp" after over a decade of Republican rule. To Pelosi, that means pledging to limit lobbyists' influence on legislation; to enact all recommendations made by the commission that investigated the 9/11 attacks; to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25; and to cut the interest rate on student loans in half, all in the first 100 hours. And, yes, all this would involve rolling back George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy.

As we noted last week, Pelosi is poised to become the first American woman in history to be the speaker of the House, putting her second in line of presidential succession, after Vice President Dick Cheney. The prospect of Nancy Pelosi, who represents liberal San Francisco, as a potential House speaker has made her something of a boogeyman for conservatives trying to inspire their base to go to the polls and stop her. Early Friday afternoon, Matt Drudge featured a huge photo of Pelosi's face on his home page, linking to the Associated Press story that outlined her hair-raising agenda.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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