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Thursday, August 03, 2006


The following column appeared in today's USA Today:

If you like Tony Soprano and Colin Powell, you ought to love Nancy Pelosi.

The leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, Pelosi is a tough-as-nails liberal who can be as ruthless---and as charming---as the television mobster and the real-life general-turned-statesman.

Pelosi thinks she'll be the next House Speaker. She believes that in the November elections Democrats will gain at least 15 seats---the minimum number needed to wrest control of the House away from Republicans.

"We're prepared to win. We're ready to govern and to do it in a respectful, bipartisan way---in a way that will show the rest of the world how a democracy should work. We will have bipartisan administration of the House," Pelosi told me last week during a meeting in her Capitol Hill office.

Bada bing, bada boom. That;s the charming Pelosi.

A slightly built, soft-spoken grandmother, she knows the Democrats have to get voters to focus on national issues if they are to have a chance of winning enough seats to take control of the House. More than anything else, that issue is the war in Iraq.


"History will show that this war was a grotesque mistake," Pelosi said. "It has weakened our ability to meet other national security challenges to our country." And then as if in anticipation that Republicans will use those words to brand her a "cut and run" Democrat, Pelosi offers a quick defense of herself and her party.

"I hate war. It's a last resort...but that doesn't mean that when we have to project our power to protect the American people that we won't dot it. We have to convey that. We're deadly serious about honoring our responsibility to the American people."

To get the chance to do this, Pelosi said, Democrats hatched a plan shortly after President Bush won re-election in 2004 to wage a campaign to bring down Republicans. They asked a group of marketers: "If you are No. 2 and want to be No. 1, whay do you do?"

Pelosi said the marketers told Democrats that they "could not overtake the leader by just saying you have a good product. You have to pull them down first." And to do that, Democrats had to keep the focus on Bush and the Republicans who control Congress.


"You don't have a majority anyplace. No prospect of even bringing a bill to the floor, much less winning a vote on anything," she was told. To compete with Republicans on Election Day, Democrats "had to pull them down first."

That kind of talk sounds tough like Powell's plan in the Persian Gulf War. "First we're going to cut it off, then we're going to kill it," he said of the Iraqi army.

So instead of pushing their ideas for the management of this country, Democrats spent most of the past two years knocking what Republicans did---from efforts to privatize Social Security, to the mishandling of Hurricane Katrina relief, to the war in Iraq.

And if the polls are right, that might prove to be a good strategy.

According to a recent Gallup Poll, Democrats lead Republicans by 10 percentage points among people who were asked about the party they'll back in the congressional elections.

With as many as 53 GOP House seats at risk and just 21 of their seats in that category, Democrats appear to have a good chance of winning control of the House. Democrats will have a tougher time gaining control of the Senate in November.

"We will have civility. We will have debate. We are not afraid of ideas," Pelosi said of the way the House would conduct its business under Democrats. "But first you have to drain the swamp."

And that's just what she hopes voters will do on Election Day.

USA Today
By: DeWayne Wickham
July 2006


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