One is a seasoned politician, long considered one of the most powerful people in Washington. The other is a rising star, a trailblazer accustomed to breaking barriers. Both have deep Bay Area ties.
And to many in the rest of the country who see the region as a left-leaning outlier, this may be hard to imagine: If the Democrats take the White House and maintain control of the House this fall, arguably the two most politically powerful women in the history of the United States — number one and number two in line for president — would hail from the Bay Area.
Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s pick for his vice presidential running mate, was born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley. And while Nancy Pelosi — the first female Speaker of the House — is originally from Baltimore, she has called San Francisco home for more than half a century.
“It makes sense that some of the first women who have achieved a lot of power in American politics might come from…