"If Ms. Pelosi had been a more persuasive communicator, she could have batted away the ludicrous caricature of her painted by Republicans across the country as some kind of fur-hatted commissar jamming her diktats down the public’s throat. Both Ms. Pelosi and Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, are inside players who seem to visibly shrink on camera when defending their policies, rarely connecting with the skeptical independent voters who raged so loudly on Tuesday."
It's possible they thought that selling Democratic achievements to the voters was the president's job. But Pelosi has been minority leader before -- and in that role, led the party to a majority. In any event, the Times doesn't tell us who would be a good replacement.