Pelosi's leadership problem
Vast wealth. Check.
Powerful political family. Check.
Unable to articulate coherent message. Check.
No, not George W. Bush — and not Patrick Kennedy, either.
We're talking about Nancy Pelosi, princess of a powerful Baltimore dynasty, wife of a California real-estate magnate. Her stupidity is starting to become disturbingly obvious, even to the liberals at Slate:
Across the country, vulnerable Republican candidates are saying thank you to Pelosi. The GOP congressional majorities may now be secure. ...At U.S. News & World Report, even stalwart liberal Gloria Borger lacks confidence in Pelosi:
Independents and moderates in those swing districts that will help Democrats pick up the 15 seats they need for a majority ... want results on the issues that affect their lives. They may not like Republicans in Congress, but they're suspicious and disapproving of Democrats, too.
To whom exactly should the country turn? To House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi? Her new national agenda calls for the launching of a series of subpoenas to investigate the administration. ... Privately, some top congressional Democrats tell me that they cringed when Pelosi started talking about investigations: "Is that what we need to be talking about?" says one. "The answer is no." ....Veteran observers have always considered it a longshot for the Dems to recapture the House in '06. The gerrymandering of districts alone would make it tough to find enough vulnerable GOP districts to "flip" to cover the distance, and Democrats have their own problem cases, like Rep. Al "Beach Boy" Mollhan.
Success is all about strategy--and that's why leaders spend so much time squabbling about it. Perish the thought that they might be squabbling over policy; they're fighting over something far more important -- how to divvy up the pie. Democratic House campaign chair Rahm Emanuel wants Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean to stop spending so much now so he can have some spare cash on hand for tough races close to the election.
It gets worse and worse with Pelosi. How will Democrats explain to voters how they let that California dimwit talk them into voting against lobbying reform?
A Democratic aide hinted that there could be consequences for members who backed the lobbying bill. Pelosi has previously threatened to pull coveted committee assignments of members who are disloyal to leaders. During a vote on the Central America Free Trade Agreement last summer, Pelosi told the members that siding with Republicans could jeopardize their committee assignments.Right: Democrats are campaigning against a "culture of corruption" and ... they're also voting against lobbying reform. Sound familiar?
“There should be no reason for anyone to register a yes vote on the lobbying reform bill,” the aide said. “If the Republicans win with Democratic votes, that is a slap in the face to the caucus.”