I don't think there's any reason to be too worried about the fact that 43 Democrats voted against Pelosi for Minority Leader. (150 voted for her, for an easy victory
.) After the last election cycle, some Democrats from tough districts probably want to be able to say "Hey, I voted for Noneck McJock instead of Nancy Pelosi" if they have to on the campaign trail. And Heath Shuler probably has some buddies. And some people probably just don't like Pelosi for some personal reason. I can easily see that adding up to 43.
And this seems like good thinking ahead:
But others sought to let the air out of her opponents' fear that she will once again be used against them when campaign season rolls around again. No matter who serves as Democratic leader, in 2012, all members will be running on the Barack Obama ticket.
"I think that's pretty standard political knowledge that in two years it will be the President's election," said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY).
The reason Mrs. Polosi was the target of GOP hate and vitrol is because she was a good leader. If she had been a he, you could dial down the hate by about 50%. Oh, and the reason Barack Obama is so hated by the GOP is because he is doing a good job in the middle of a terrible time, and he's President while black. True.
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