It puzzles me how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has become the poster child for why voters should vote Republican. What exactly has she done to garner such virulent disdain?

When I bring up her name with Republican friends, many automatically react with disgust about what she represents to them as being a glaring example of a despicable politician. For them, a vote for a Democrat is a vote for one of their most detested legislative villains.

Then, I ask them to specifically identify what it is Pelosi has done to earn their bitter opposition. Almost to the person, they can’t come up with a single convincing complaint. About the best they can garner is she is one of those “San Francisco liberals.” “Big deal,” I respond. “I’m a Bountiful liberal. Really, that designation alone justifies your all-consuming hate?”

The truth is she may arguably be one of the most competent leaders the House has ever experienced. She’s been highly successful in mobilizing support for the Affordable Care Act, an $814 billion economic stimulus, needed financial regulations and a host of other praiseworthy Democratic priorities. Maybe that’s the real reason for a jealous and undeserved personal smear.

Raymond A. Hult, Bountiful