Throw Nancy Pelosi Overboard!
After the "shellacking" they took on
And there's no doubt why. She's a nice lady, but she led the party too far to the left. She presided over record deficit spending. She vastly expanded government control over health care, the market economy, and energy production. She became such a symbol of out-of-control big government that Republican Chairman
Even several Blue Dog Democrats have publicly -- and some liberal Democrats, privately -- called on Pelosi to resign from the House leadership in order for the Democratic Caucus to re-position itself as more moderate.
Those Democrats are, no doubt, sincere. They are also, Lord knows, dead wrong.
Their problem is that they suffer from the classic disease and perpetual identity crisis known as "self-hating democratitis." You'll easily recognize the symptoms: When they win, they rush to the center. When they lose, they rush to the center. Unlike Republicans, they're never happy with who they are.
There are many reasons why it is wrong for Democrats to try to throw
Check the record. While the
Pelosi's critics say she caused many conservative Democrats to lose their seats by pressuring them to vote for health-care reform. Which assumes, of course, that health care was the deciding factor in this year's elections -- and a negative one for Democrats. Neither of which is true, no matter how many times
Every exit poll taken on
Nor did voting for health care prove to be a poison pill for Democrats. Actually, as documented by Think Progress, 18 out of 34 House Democrats who voted against health care, fearing it would hurt them in November, lost their seats anyway. Only 12 who voted no ended up winning (three retired; one race is still undecided).
Health care did not decide this election. Two things did: the economy and voter turnout. Despite some signs of progress, Americans are still feeling unsure we're ever going to recover from the crash of 2008. And when the economy's sour, fairly or unfairly, voters always take it out on the party in power. As President Obama correctly observed in his news conference on
If you can't blame our economic woes on
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