«A day later — after some finishing touches and crossed wires — Pelosi made her statement: “I am comfortable with the proposal, and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not.” Seven rebels endorsed her candidacy.
“The way she did it is why she’s been the leader for so long,” said David Axelrod, former political adviser to President Barack Obama. “It’s incredibly challenging to put together the votes for anything in Congress, and she’s a master at it. She listens and knows each person’s interests and their concerns. And she puts the puzzle together, making concessions where necessary.”»