Last November, just a couple weeks after Donald Trump’s surprising victory and Democrats less-than-impressive showing in House races, Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader – a post she has held since 2003. While there was a significant bloc of “no” votes – the most ever cast against her – she easily dispatched Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio with two-thirds of the caucus vote. A number of Republicans, including Trump campaign manager (and now White House aide) Kellyanne Conway, reacted with glee. Republicans have been using Pelosi as the face of liberal, elite and out-of-touch Democrats for years. They were more than happy to know they could continue to use her as a political boogeyman for 2018. It didn’t take long for the GOP to pull out the Pelosi playbook. Republican businessman Greg Gianforte, who is running in the May special election for Montana’s at-large seat to succeed newly appointed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is up with an ad casting his Democratic opponent – banjo player and rancher Rob Quist – as supportive of “Pelosi’s liberal agenda” on issues like
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