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Pelosi, FWIW

This is my second post on Pelosi in the last two days. Oh, you didn’t read the first one? Maybe that’s because WordPress helpfully updated the app on my iPhone while I was posting it and, poof! It disappeared into the dark ether, and even now is being pushed around by the cyber wind, skittering along the intertoobs, lost forever, lost… lost.

Enough of that.

I’m lukewarm in my support of Pelosi. Nevertheless, ruling the House Democrats and keeping order is going to be tough for anyone. As I wrote to a friend yesterday:

Democrats are like cats. Difficult to herd. And they have a lot of good ideas at the same time. Like hypomanic bipolar people. And they tend to run around with scissors. Like kids with ADHD. You know why we like the nanny state? It’s because Democrats need nannies.

Here’s my issues with Pelosi:

She got the House to pass the Affordable Care Act. But the act itself was so flawed, didn’t address cost controls and was sabotaged by the stupidest subsidy system ever imagined. That lead to the Democrats losing the House in 2010.

She’s an excellent fundraiser. But there’s more to leadership than just raising money.

She’s a very powerful female politician and a role model. But she hasn’t groomed her successor and her bench is sparse.

All that being said, this is not the time to be arguing over replacing her. Right now, the Democrats have a lot of new members and they need firm, experienced leadership from someone who can keep them focused and in line.

I don’t blame new and current Democrats for being dissatisfied and chomping at the bit for change. So what can they do?

They can issue demands before they vote. List conditions that must be met. For example, there needs to be a pipeline of future speakers that Pelosi will work with closely. Model it after the Queen of England taking on Prince William as her aide.

Set up a backlog of issues and bills and prioritize them strategically. Make Pelosi commit to them.

Then give her two more years. Just dance with the one what brung ya.

And for gawd’s sakes, do a better job of message control. None of us should even be thinking about who the next speaker of the house is going to be this week when there are still over 600 people missing in the fires in California from last week.

THAT is a national tragedy with human dimensions and deserves our attention.

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