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(Roman Genn)


Sixty-five and counting: Nancy Pelosi does turn out to be a job creator.

Soon-to-be-former Speaker Pelosi wants to stay on as minority leader in the new year. For now, she seems safe, though Fox News broke word of a letter from defeated Blue Dogs and others urging her to step aside, and the New York Times asked her in an editorial to do the same (the dead dogs think she became too controversial, the Times thinks she is a bad communicator). Pelosi is a good fundraiser and a tough infighter; her San Francisco liberalism is an even better match with the views of a caucus shrunken to liberal bailiwicks. But for Democrats to re-anoint her is to go into a crouch. Since the minority party in the House has one fewer leadership slot than the majority party, there is also a fight for the minority-whip post between Steny Hoyer (sort of moderate) and James Clyburn (Congressional Black Caucus). Ed Koch said it long ago: “It’s better to win than to lose.”


November 29, 2010    |     Volume LXII, No. 22

  • And many have Jim DeMint to thank for it.
  • How to keep the grassroots growing.
  • It’s your policies that were the problem, Mr. President.
  • History need not, and likely will not, repeat itself.
  • Twelve spending-reduction priorities for the new Congress.
  • Ten tips for economic dynamism.
  • Letting rate cuts on top earners expire would cost more than it’s worth.
  • Keep your eye on these rising GOP stars.
  • The Democratic wipeout beyond the Beltway.
  • We will face pressure to cut military spending imprudently, and we should resist it.
  • Ronald Reagan articulated the principles that must underlie a lasting conservative majority.
  • A divided government faces a budget crisis.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Conrad Black reviews The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II — The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy, by George Weigel.
  • Edward Feser reviews The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.
  • Travis Kavulla reviews The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief, by V. S. Naipaul.
  • Fred Schwarz reviews Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda, by Carolyn de la Peña.
  • Richard Brookhiser feels the noise.
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