Originally created 11/19/02

Pelosi a shot in foot for Democrats



On Nov. 14, the Democrats in the U.S. House voted 177 to 29 in favor of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's bid to become their leader. Interestingly, the elections held earlier this year taught the majority of Democrats nothing. In the South, Democrats were humbled by the tag "too liberal for (put in the state name here)." So, what do the Democrats do? They elect a San Franciscan Democrat to define the vision and strategy of dealing with the Republicans for at least the next two years. This is amazing, because you cannot find a more liberal Democrat than those out of San Francisco.

Still, the law of mediocrity will prevail - unfortunately. Time and time again, it has been demonstrated that when Republicans win, they do not make smart decisions on how to shore up their strength and gain super-majorities in both the House and the Senate. Instead of directly delivering a decisive and clear message, they become content, arrogant and unresponsive to their base of supporters. Republicans also bring in strategists - different from those who were used in winning the election - who play a numbers game in an attempt to appease various ethnicities, races and philosophies that was not the winning platform of the previous election.

Also, interestingly enough, the evidence is there that those approaches were not helpful in all those other midterm elections that Republicans found their numbers dwindling on Capitol Hill.

Even though the Democrats have obviously shot themselves in the foot by electing Ms. Pelosi as House minority leader, the Republicans will not have the guts to stay on message and will shoot themselves in the foot even more. I doubt this is actually done on purpose, but it seems the law of mediocrity will ensure the strength of the two-party system by making sure both parties remain contenders. We, as common Americans, will see no real change in government as we look in awe at the theatrics played out in our governing chambers.

Will Tinney, Aiken, S.C.