Why Pelosi should have said goodbye
The Kansas City Star
For the good of the country, Nancy Pelosi should have announced this morning that she wouldn’t try to stay on as the U.S. House minority leader.
For the good of the Democratic Party, Pelosi should have said that her time is up as the person leading the effort to beat back Republican issues in the House.
Unfortunately, she didn’t.
In 2008 I urged newly elected President Barack Obama to make sure Pelosi was not the House Speaker by the time he took office in 2009. But she stayed on and - two years later - Democrats were swamped by Republicans and lost the majority in the House. It wasn’t all Pelosi’s fault, just much of it.
(And I’m not the only one who had urged Pelosi to leave her post now. Others in Washington had outlined excellent reasons for her to step aside.)
Pelosi is a highly divisive person at a time when Obama needs a much better fit as a leader of Democratic efforts to push bipartisan solutions to all kinds of matters in Congress.
Pelosi also isn’t the only person who really should go.
You could make solid cases that House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all have outlived their usefulness. They have been a big part of the gridlock problem in Washington.
If you caught the recent “60 Minutes” stare down between Reid and McConnell, you can see why the Senate is so ineffective these days.
But Pelosi was the poster child for someone whose time has come and gone in Congress.
Unfortunately, she didn’t recognize that fact.