Leaving entirely aside her personal politics, Pelosi is one of the most gifted caucus leaders in all of our history. There was not ever any chance she would lose her bid for the gavel. She knew exactly who needed to vote against her in the caucus meeting before coming around to vote for her on the floor. And yeah, this guy was always one of them:
So much of what passes for political news is just reporters needing a story they can cover as if politics was just sport. She’s up! She’s down! She’s losing! She has momentum!
That’s not how things work, especially not inside the halls of Congress.