U.S. Congress: On the Selection of Nancy Pelosi as Minority Leader, Republican Ascendency in 112th Congress

Nancy Pelosi: I don’t agree with the notion that there has to be a scapegoat for political losses (apparently the majority that voted for her to be minority leader may agree with this notion). The fact is that the electorate does not have to give any party a majority; this is an element of political risk (a notion recognized by future Leader Pelosi in a New York Times magazine article).

It would have been wrong to discharge the leadership team because of an electoral loss. It’s not Pelosi’s fault that the Senate is in institutional crisis and failure and could not act on any of the House-passed bills. Nor would it have been wise to allow the Republicans to engineer disruption in the party and indirectly select a leader like Fox News did with Alan Colmes next to Sean Hannity. I’m proud that the Democrats held firm in the face of determined and destructive opposition tactics from the Republicans.

Republicans: I eagerly await the GOP’s ascendancy to power. The time for gloating will be over once they realize the albatross of crisis will be on their necks. Serious problems requiring thought and careful action are on the horizon. Will the GOP’s talking points for the wealthiest 2 percent of society be sufficient? I don’t think so, but I will have to take a wait-and-see approach.

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