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The Only Letters That Stop Pelosi Are G, O, and P


From this morning’s Jolt:

If House Democrats’ Mass Extinction Event Didn’t Deter Pelosi, a Letter Won’t Stop Her

Interesting and amusing, but ultimately irrelevant, I think: “FOX has obtained a letter being penned by defeated House Democrats that implores House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to step aside. The letter is now circulating Capitol Hill and has not yet been sent to the Speaker. FOX has obtained draft language of the letter . . . The letter goes on to say ‘Madam Speaker, fairly or unfairly, Republicans made you the face of the resentment and disagreement in our races. While we commend your years of service to our party and your leadership through many tough times, we respectfully ask that you step aside as the top Democrat in the House.’ “

Pelosi obviously didn’t worry too much about what all these swing-district Democrats thought over the past two years. Why should she start now? And why should she listen to a bunch of soon-to-be-EX-members if she’s not hearing this from the surviving members? Guys, she just watched 60some of you go down in flames and is marching forward without batting an eye. [Then again, maybe her stiff upper lip is just the Botox.] If she considers her party losing in a landslide to be an acceptable loss to enact a liberal agenda, she’s not going to buckle in the face of a sternly-worded letter.

Dave Weigel thinks the stop-Pelosi movement forgot something: a credible alternative. “Obviously the intent of the letter is to complicate Pelosi’s decision by warning of Democratic defeats to come. It’s not to suggest a Pelosi replacement. But doesn’t the lack of a credible non-Pelosi fatally weaken the Stop Pelosi plan? At least the 1972 Democrats had Humphrey! And speaking Democratic internecine conflict, the AFL-CIO has thrown its weight behind Pelosi — if there an interest group besides ‘Heath Shuler’s 2012 re-election hopes’ that opposes Pelosi, it’s awfully quiet.”

Tags: Nancy Pelosi


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