Jenny EriksonNancy Pelosi managed to keep her seat representing San Francisco in the House of Representatives against challenger John Dennis in last week's elections, but the Democrats' new minority status in the same chamber has ousted her from her position as Speaker of the House. The Speaker is the top job in the House, and despite what Joe Biden says, is second in line for the Presidency.
After the election, Ms. Pelosi made clear her intention to retain her top dog status in the Democratic Party by seeking the post of House Minority Leader. John Boehner, who is now the supposed Speaker-elect (although nothing is carved in stone yet), currently fills the seat.
It turns out that Democrats in the House aren't too keen on keeping Nancy Pelosi in a leadership position. They have drafted a letter to the soon-to-be-former Speaker, imploring her to step down.
The letter talks a great deal about Republican demonization of their great leader. Of course they love her -- it's just that those evil Republicans have "taken away [her] ability to lead." The Democrats fear that the Republicans will continue to target Nancy Pelosi as the face of all that is wrong in Washington, and they respectfully ask her to step down.
The letter states:
This is a difficult letter to write, because we admire your commitment, your drive, and your conviction. You have been an historic figure in our great nation, and for that we are all proud, as should you be. Nonetheless, we each experienced how Republican demonization of you and your leadership contributed to our defeat.
The Republicans have demonized Nancy Pelosi? Hardly. She's earned her 33% approval rating all on her own.
She has led the charge to pass billions and billions and billions of dollars in spending we can't afford, so that twenty-somethings will be able to study art rather than grow up and get a job.
It was Nancy Pelosi, not Republicans that rammed through an $819 billion stimulus package that included funding for menopausal women to take yoga classes. Let's also not forget about the stimulus-funded crack monkeys.
Nancy Pelosi was the one that accused the CIA of lying to her about interrogation techniques. She called opponents of anti-abortion health care un-American. She was the one that said bills could be bipartisan without bipartisan votes.
Nancy Pelosi might be the face of everything in Washington that's wrong and corrupt and out-of-touch with Americans. But Republicans didn't demonize her into that position. She got there all on her own.
Maybe the Democrats should stop blaming Republicans and own up to the fact that they made a mistake in making Nancy Pelosi their leader. They have no one to blame but themselves, and the fact that they blame Republicans is exactly why so many of them were voted out. Get a clue, Democrats, unless you want to see your numbers go down again in 2012.