I’m watching amazed as it appears House Democrats may vote deposed speaker Nancy Pelosi as next session’s minority leader in Congress. Hasn’t she done enough to destroy the Democratic Party? She forced through ObamaCare, forced through Cap-’n-Tax, and regularly insulted Tea Party activists. Independents deserted the Democrats because they saw her face when they visualized “the Obama agenda.”
Yet, as Jennifer Rubin Read out in Commentary, most of the same pundits who assured us we love ObamaCare are backing Nancy. Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, the gang at MSNBC, all think she’s the one. Robinson wrote, “She’s losing her job not because she does it poorly but because she does it so well.” One liberal icon isn’t convinced Pelosi should stay as a leader. The New York suggests Democrats need a “more persuasive communicator.” Read
That’s good advice. A Pelosi- or even Reid-led Congress could lead to a disaster in 2012, where 21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats face U.S. Senate re-elections. Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jimm Webb (Va.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) Joe Manchin (W.Va.) are all vulnerable. In fact, Manchin and Webb might be party-switchers if the Dems don’t move toward the center.