Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002

Nancy Pelosi

The first woman to be elected party leader in either house of Congress, Pelosi has practical experience in doing the impossible. She will need it for her next assignment: an unapologetic liberal, she must bring unity and direction to a Democratic Party still smarting from its midterm spanking. As the daughter of an old-school Baltimore, Md., ward boss, Pelosi might just be the woman for the job.