U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will run for the position of Minority Leader in the next U.S. Congress, gift-wrapping a public relations victory for Republicans eager to show that Democrats didn’t learn anything from last week’s electoral reverses.
“I have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back,” Pelosi said in announcing her decision.
Numerous Democrats recoiled at the decision … while the uber-liberal editorial board of The New York Times begged Pelosi to reconsider. Defeated Democratic House members also wrote a letter to Pelosi asking her not to run.
“Fairly or unfairly, Republicans made you the face of the resentment and disagreement in our races,” they wrote. “While we commend your years of service to our party and your leadership through many tough times, we respectfully ask that you step aside as the top Democrat in the House.”
As much as we detest her socialist ideology and outright contempt for U.S. taxpayers, we have to admire Pelosi’s tenacity. After all, she clearly doesn’t back down from a fight – nor does she care what her political opponents think. And while we indeed hope and pray that every single one of her “great achievements” is rolled back, the resilience with which she fights for what she believes in is something that Congressional Republicans would be wise to emulate.
In fact when U.S. President Barack Obama had given up on pursuing his socialized medicine law, it was Pelosi who refused to take “no” for an answer.
We wish that she had, obviously … but as we’ve said before the GOP needs someone to display that same sort of unflinching, uncompromising leadership if it expects to undo all the damage that Pelosi and her allies have done over the past four years (and all the damage that their fellow Republicans did prior to Pelosi’s ascension to power).