"Republicans cheered the move, which is likely to mean that Ms. Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, will continue as leaders in their respective chambers despite the party’s midterm election losses."
See, and the Harry Reid example is instructive. His name drips with contempt from the lips of conservative activists -- but Reid is pretty middle-of-the-road for a Democratic leader. Because he's a Democratic leader, he's become polarizing. Same for Pelosi, only she jumps ahead of Reid in the demonized sweepstakes because she's from San Francisco and thus makes good copy for Republicans.
But man, she's been effective. I don't expect that to change with her in the minority. It might be good for Democrats to have a leader who is practiced -- and good -- at throwing elbows at the helm. Keep her around, I say.