Or, perhaps not so odd at all. According to a survey conducted by The Hill among House members, Nancy Pelosi ranks first among Democratic partisans, and is one of the most difficult members to approach from the GOP side of the aisle. In contrast, her lieutenant Steny Hoyer ranks first for bipartisanship in the majority, but that serves a purpose, too (via Michael Goldfarb):
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is the most partisan Democrat in the House, while her deputy, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), is one of the most bipartisan lawmakers in the lower chamber, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.
The two Democratic leaders have established a good-cop-bad-cop modus operandi, which may be a key to their effectiveness since taking control in 2007.
Normally, one would expect the lieutenant to be the hatchet man while the top dog offers carrots instead of sticks. Pelosi apparently doesn’t mind being the hatchet woman, though, and that may just be her nature. Republicans tell the Hill that she truly doesn’t like her opponents in Congress and has no desire to work with them:
“The Speaker doesn’t meet with Republicans,” a Republican lawmaker said.
“Nancy Pelosi has not been very friendly to me,” another GOP member said. “I tried to visit her and I have had trouble with that. I know she is busy … but it is difficult.”
“The Speaker honestly doesn’t like Republicans,” a third House Republican lawmaker said.
Among Republicans, the most partisan is Republican Study Committee chair Tom Price, which makes sense. Neither John Boehner nor Eric Cantor get noted for partisanship, even though Democxrats recently tried painting Cantor as Mr. No in a strange PR campaign during the Porkulus debate. The Hill says that the GOP duo have not found a way to beat Pelosi and Hoyer, but their ability to whip Republicans on Porkulus seems pretty impressive and stripped Pelosi and Barack Obama of a bipartisan fig leaf for the disastrous spending bill. That seems pretty effective for caucus leaders with a large deficit.
Interestingly, and somewhat amusing, Ron Paul gets named as one of the most bipartisan members of the GOP. I suspect a better description would be non-partisan, or perhaps just crank.