Stand down, Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi is not doing the Democrats any favors by tweeting her way into the race for minority leader of the U.S. House next January. And it isn’t the tweet that is the problem.
It’s Pelosi. She was captain of the House ship as it ran aground. The turnover of the House to Republicans is not reason to give her another shot at party leadership.
This is not to belittle her accomplishments. She’s already notched the “first” woman House Speaker historic role. In time, she and President Obama will get credit for significant legislative achievements including the fair pay act for women, credit card reforms, health care reforms, stimulus and averting financial collapse. So what’s not to like?
She’s been battered coast-to-coast by Republicans and if the Democrats want to shake things up and win back voters, it will require new leadership. A new face for the party.
No politician likes to give up power, even if it’s diminished power as minority leader. Few leaders easily step aside. But the cause will benefit if a new voice emerges to lead the Democrats out of the malaise and a poorly communicated agenda.
Pelosi took ridiculous ridicule from Republicans this fall, and she no doubt would like her political story to avoid ending on a losing note. But for the greater good, it’s time for her to step aside and wait for later respect for her leadership role. That legacy will look better if she does the unexpected now and encourages a new leader to step forward.