Christmas came early this year for Republicans – twice. First, they won the House of Representatives outright and made gains in the Senate. Second, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears likely to retain her leadership position with House Democrats even as she turns the Speaker’s gavel over to John Boehner.
In a Friday morning interview with National Public Radio Ms. Pelosi made it abundantly clear she is as tough as she is politically out of touch. “The reason the election results are what they are is because we have 9.5 percent unemployment in our country,” Pelosi said. “...But the point is, we didn’t lose the election because of me. Our members do not accept that. They understand that the public, in any circumstance when you have 9.5 percent unemployment, any party that cannot turn that into political gains should hang up the gloves.”
While it is true the unemployment rate helped stoke the coals of disapproval with the party in power, it ignores two big factors. The Tea Party Movement did not start as a result of unemployment but the same out-of-touch-like decision making that created Obamacare when much of the nation was screaming at the top of its lungs to halt it.
Another factor Ms. Pelosi fails to recognize is her party’s part in the financial spend-a-thon that gained Tea Party and other Republican candidates so many votes the first Tuesday in November.
In a way, Nancy Pelosi is the poster child for what is wrong with the national Democratic Party. Ideas that are firmly ensconced in the northeast United States, as a rule, do not sit well with Democrats in so-called fly over country. For evidence one need only look to Oklahoma where the unemployment rate is about half the national average and where registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans.
It wasn’t so much unemployment that resulted in 94 percent (73 of 77) counties voting Republican this last election. It was out of touch types like Nancy Pelosi.