Just look at what the DemocRATS have done and are still doing to Sarah Palin.
Indeed, Yukon. Let us look at Joan of Arc and contrast how she was treated by Democrats, compared to how Pelosi is treated by Republicans.
Republicans call Pelosi a bitch and a hag. It is clear they are not attacking any position of hers, they have embarked upon personal destruction, mud slinging, they want to destroy Pelosi the woman, and not Pelosi the Speaker.
Contrast this with the way Joan of Arc was treated. To my knowledge, no Democrat called her a bitch or a hag. (anyway, I think it is much more effective to refer to her as Joan of Arc, that treats her slavish, adulating followers with proper ridicule and contempt, rather than being personally vindictive, mean spirited towards her by calling her a bitch and a hag). Joan of Arc self destructed because of her extreme views and the nutty answers she gave to Katie Couric.
Like her claim that because Russia can be seen from Alaska, that made Joan of Arc an expert in foreign policy, or when Couric asked her which magazines she read regularly, she could not answer.
When Joan of Arc was selected, there was plenty of goodwill towards here, Republicans used to refer to her as the most popular female politician in USA. She herself frittered away the goodwill to a large extent. What attacks there were from democrats, they were on substantive issues (like her extreme views about abortion, premarital sex, her hypocrisy in preaching abstinence while her won daughter got pregnant, or her 150,000 $ shopping spree for clothes etc.).
But to my knowledge, nobody called her a bitch or a hag. That is pure personal destruction, and Republicans are masters at it.