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Pelosi no help to Democrats

November 11, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

Democrats in the House of Representatives are well aware that those of them who survived last week's elections owe no thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Throughout the nation, the ultra-liberal agenda promoted by Pelosi and President Barack Obama was rejected last Tuesday.

Pelosi, D-Calif., will lose her position as speaker because of the Republican election landslide. The GOP, not Pelosi's party, will control the House next year.

But Pelosi told reporters last week she will attempt to keep a leadership role by asking fellow lawmakers to name her as minority leader in the House.

Analysts say Pelosi may be able to do that in part because Democrats in the House next year will be proportionately more liberal than now is the case.

Perhaps so, but Pelosi has committed the cardinal sin in politics. She has led her party to an overwhelming defeat in the polls.

Some so-called "Blue Dog" Democrats, priding themselves on being less liberal than Pelosi, retained seats in the House, however. They should lead a move to dump Pelosi and seek more moderate leadership that is not as objectionable to voters.

Pelosi-style liberalism - and political strategy - has been rejected by tens of millions of voters. Clearly, that means it is time for House Democrats to seek a more moderate leader.

 
 

 

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