She’d be “gone by now” if Hillary Clinton had won in November, the House minority leader told reporters last week.
But with Mr. Trump in the White House and Obamacare under assault in Congress, the California Democrat says she’s not going anywhere.
And her troops in the House are lucky for it, said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, who said Mrs. Pelosi was a driving force behind passing the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010, and is primed to defend it now.
“Though clearly it is an important part of her legacy, it is also part of the Democratic legacy,” he said. “This is part of the Democratic DNA.”
That legacy has been checkered.
Analysts say the law helped contribute to Democrats’ loss of the House in the 2010 elections, which ousted Mrs. Pelosi from her post as speaker of the House. Then the botched rollout of the exchanges in 2013 left both President Obama and congressional Democrats wounded heading into the 2014 elections.