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I told you I was going to “hit” ’em again. And since yesterday’s cartoon brought an outpouring of outraged goons commenting on it, I don’t feel bad about this at all.

Music note: I listened to Billy Idol.

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Replacing Pelosi


Republicans have campaigned against Nancy Pelosi for years. If a Republican was running against a Democrat for dog catcher in bupkisville, Iowa, he’d compare his opponent to Pelosi and claim the Dem will inflict Beagles with a gay agenda.

So it was no surprise that during the campaign in the special election for the Georgia House seat that Republicans used Pelosi against the Democrat, Jon Ossoff. It’s not that surprising that conservative Georgians don’t like a San Francisco liberal. The people in Georgia who are afraid that electing a moderate Democrat would mean that Nancy Pelosi would mandate they enter into a gay marriage probably also believe that Trump is going to make America great again.

Now a lot of liberals are demanding that Pelosi is replaced as the Democrats’ leader in Congress. They point out how they lost four straight special elections. They remind us that she’s 77-years-old and the party needs younger leadership. They don’t believe she’s a great campaigner for her party and she’s not a very good speaker.

She’s not a great campaigner but she was the Minority Leader when Democrats took the House during the W. Bush administration. Yes, Democrats lost four straight special elections….in very conservative red districts. Are you blaming the chairman, a man, of the DNC for those losses? Do you even know his name? Sure, she’s not a great speaker, but have you heard Donald Trump speak? The man is barely literate and he only knows four adjectives yet he won the presidency.

I’m all for replacing Pelosi…if you can name someone who can do the job better. You can’t. The leader of each party in Congress must round up their members for votes…or against votes. Nancy Pelosi has proven to be a very good manager. She got Obamacare through the House and that wasn’t easy. Compare her leadership skills and accomplishments to those of John Boehner or Paul Ryan. Boehner may be the worst Speaker of the House there has ever been…until Paul Ryan. They’ve had at least seven years between the two of them and you can’t name one major piece of legislation they’ve passed. Not one.

Just as the Democrats used Newt Gingrich against the Republicans in the 1990s, Republicans will use the Democrats’ leader as a boogeyman. They’ve also used President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Yes, they’re running out of targets to whip people into frenzies over, but as soon as Pelosi is replaced the Republicans will also have a replacement.

As for age, I don’t really take your concerns seriously after you supported either Bernie Sanders (75) or Hillary Clinton (69) in the last election. You’re still talking about Bernie Sanders and now you’re throwing Joe Biden (74) and Elizabeth Warren (68) into the mix. Maybe Al Franken can be that new young leadership you’re looking for to run against Trump since he’s only 66. I just seriously depressed you, didn’t I?

Republicans do get mileage running against Pelosi, but replacing her would be the greatest gift Democrats could give them. They would love to see a new Minority leader as inept as Paul Ryan.

The solution to winning elections isn’t replacing Pelosi. It’s running better campaigns with better messaging. If Republicans’ and Independents’ main reason to vote against the Democrats is Nancy Pelosi, then Democrats have gotta figure out how to appeal to stupid voters.

It would be better figuring out how to communicate with stupidity than becoming part of it.

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Herding With Pelosi


I may have been watching too much of The Simpsons marathon that’s playing nonstop for nearly two weeks. I’ve been flipping back and forth between my usual news channels and FXX and I think I’m burning out on Homer. But I do love that crazy cat lady.

Congressional Democrats apparently love her too. Nancy Pelosi has been Congressional leader of the Democratic Party since 2003 (Speaker of the House from 2007-2010).

There are arguments the party needs new blood to win back disaffected voters and working-class Americans. Ohio’s Tim Ryan opposed Pelosi arguing he could lead the party to win back Trump voters. Many have analyzed that the party is coastal and ignores Middle America and issues that affect them, like eating.

On Wednesday House Democrats cast secret ballots and selected the 76-year-old San Franciscan over the 43-year-old Ohioan. The problem for Ryan is that he hasn’t really presented a plan to lead the party and he failed to deliver his own district to Hillary Clinton. His other problem is that Pelosi is actually good at her job.

Pelosi knows how to herd cats and she’s an effective administrator, whether you like her politics or not. John Boehner had great difficulty as a manager when he served as Speaker and could have taken a lot of notes from Pelosi.

The problem the Democrats still have is that their leader, though a good manager, is an old liberal lady from San Francisco. She’s not capable of relating to moderates in the Midwest. While she led her party to take the majority in the House in 2006, she hasn’t been able to retake it since 2010.

The real issue is the party needs new talent. Not so much that they have to be young, but the Dems leadership is several years younger than the GOP’s. Their next big decision will be selecting a chairman of the party who will attempt to woo Trump voters. It’s a bit bizarre you want to win the type of people who voted for Trump when you actually won the majority and you have the right message. They need to focus on the electoral college, laws that restrict voting rights, and fighting fake news.

The Democrats are the only defense against Trump’s tyranny and plans to turn our nation into a hillbilly theocracy that worships millionaires. They also need to focus on the midterm elections in two years and eventually getting Trump out of the White House in 2020, or Mike Pence in case Trump gets impeached by February.

But don’t blame me. I voted for Kodos.

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