What makes Pelosi different is not that she lost that cherished gavel – but that she didn’t head for the exit when she did. Pelosi is the first former speaker since Sam Rayburn, more than half a century ago, to remain in the House as the head of her party and to fight to get her majority back.
She calls it her “faith-based initiative,” and it is indeed an endeavor to make her fellow Democrats believe again.
Faith in Nancy Pelosi’s ability to persuade Americans that she’s the fix for all that ails them is a great faith indeed. Whatever the dynamics of next year’s presidential race, you can be sure that the GOP nominee will be campaigning against the Obama-Pelosi-Reid record and warning of another stimulus and the cementing of Obamacare into place for decades if Nancy Pelsoi regains the gavel.
You would think this would be popular. But it turns out that Obama finds himself almost alone in his effort to define a broad new middle ground in international affairs. It’s not that the center isn’t holding. It’s that most politicians don’t seem to want to go near it.
Of course this is delusional. A small percentage of MoveOn types on the left wanted to bug out yesterday. President Obama’s decision to bug out by 2014 doesn’t make his policy “centrist,” it makes it slower. It is a binary choice between victory and defeat –there is no center there, but E.J. gives us a glimpse of how the president will try and frame his failure during 2012.
Finally, Chris Wallace is a good guy and serious newsman. He did screw up when he asked his “flake” question of Michele Bachmann, but she should accept the apology quickly and move on, thereby recognizing both Wallace’s genuine commitment to serious journalism and earning the nods of Beltway types who will be mediating a great deal of her coverage going forward.