Nancy Pelosi will not, inshallah, be back as House Minority leader despite reports she is considering a run at the post. From AllahPundit:
I’m sitting here trying to figure out what strategic angle I might be missing in all this, because it strikes me as simply impossible that this dead weight might actually be retained as the face of the Democratic House caucus. Her favorable rating among independents as of Sunday was eight percent. The GOP just won 60+ seats thanks to a national campaign targeting her above all other Democrats (Obama included) as the archvillain of the Beltway.
My guess as to the strategic angle - rather than go quietly into that good night Nancy is trying to maximize her leverage while negotiating plum posts for her remaining loyalists. She will offer to spare Hoyer et al a ghastly (yet strangely comical) leadership scuffle and graciously step aside in exchange for whatever quid pro quos she can get for the few, the proud, the Pelosians.
But I have never claimed to be smart enough to be a Dem strategist, so maybe they really are crazy enough to keep Harry and Nancy as the faces of Hope and Change (or is it vice versa?).
KIDDING? James Joyner baffles me with this:
AllahPundit terms this “Great, great news.” Aside from being a brand name, though, I’m not sure Pelosi would be much use as a lightning rod in the minority. It’s not like the Senate, where crafty opposition leaders can tie legislation up in knots. Her ability to “get it done” will be nonexistent.
What?!? We are talking about perception, not actual power - the Democrats favorite boogeyman is a private citizen with a Facebook page. (OK, boogeywoman, whatev.)
If the Democrats want to roar into 2012 as the "We Just Don't Get It" Democrats, Nancy provides the perfect face. I can hear the Fox News panels debating it now: 'Nancy Pelosi - Stalker or Zombie?'