©2007 Nathan Tabor
4, 2007 may be remembered as the date when Nancy Pelosi became queen for
she was on network television. There
she was on cable television. Surrounded
by grandchildren. A baby in
her arms. But, despite the
warm-and-cuddly photo op, Pelosi and crew were not celebrating
motherhood, or even grandmotherhood.
They were lauding and applauding power, pure and simple.
giddily proclaimed, “The Democrats are back.” These
are the words not of someone acting as Speaker of the House, but as a
strictly partisan person. For
all the talk of bipartisanship, the Pelosi operation is a Democratic
before long, distress calls may be heard, as the ship sails into
troubled political waters.
now, Pelosi and her sidekick, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are
trying to get a great deal of mileage out of the war in
how exactly are the Democrats going to accomplish that feat?
My guess is that they will simply try to attack every military
move the President makes. That
loyal opposition strategy may work for a while, but, sooner or later,
voters are likely to come to the conclusion that the President and his
military advisors are for more capable of running a war than a
the first time since 1994, Democrats have complete control of Congress.
We’re told it’s a new day on Capitol Hill—but is it,
really? Can you really be
called a party of change when an old war horse like Senator Edward
Kennedy is hauled out to become a committee chairman?
Rather than bringing us fresh ideas, Democratic leaders
seem to simply be offering us more of the same old liberal agenda.
Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said it best when he stated,
“Republicans will hold the incoming majority accountable for its
promises, and its actions.”
will voters. They’ll
remember Pelosi’s promises to end the “culture of corruption” in
the halls of Congress. If
there is even the hint of scandal in the offices of Democratic leaders,
chances are voters will abandon the Democratic ship and board the craft
important, too, that Democrats remember that a Republican still controls
the White House. And he
wields a tool more powerful than Pelosi’s gavel—the veto pen.
Thank goodness there is someone around to remind Pelosi
that even the queen for the day is not all powerful. To
be an effective leader, she’ll have to be willing to work with those
on the other side of the aisle—as well as the guy on the other side of