Take THAT Republicans!

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    I love this photo. As much as I’m not a fan of Gerry Connolly personally, I’ve got to hand it to him for strongly supporting clean energy/climate legislation, the economic recovery package, health care reform, and – as the sign says – 97% of Nancy Pelosi’s agenda. And, unlike many “Blue Dogs” who opposed Pelosi and lost Tuesday, Connolly eked out a narrow victory in a swing district. So, take THAT Republicans, and thank you Gerry Connolly! 🙂

    P.S. That’s Gerry Connolly’s campaign manager, James Walkinshaw, smiling and holding the sign. Congratulations to James for running an excellent campaign, by the way.

    UPDATE: Eugene Robinson nails it in his column, “Nancy Pelosi, undone by her own success.”

    The GOP was able to make Pelosi an issue only because she was so effective as speaker…

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    Pelosi did what was right for the country, and what’s right isn’t always what’s popular. Democrats may decide they need a less-polarizing figure as minority leader; if they do, well, that’s politics. But I’d love to see her stay in the Democratic leadership – and I’m betting that eventually she’d find a way to take back the gavel that she pounds with such righteous authority.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      I agree that Nancy Pelosi’s biggest problem was that she was a highly effective speaker who shepherded through a very ambitious agenda for President Obama. I have always felt, however, that she had one other very difficult problem: She is a woman, thus she has to fight the stereotype of women in power. They aren’t called “forceful,” “a strong leader,” etc. Instead, it’s “a bitc*,” “pushy,” etc. Pelosi accomplishes strong leadership yet always appears to act as a “lady,” but that just sets her up as being an “elitist” country club matron. (Over time, this will die away, but it hasn’t yet.)