In 2010, Nancy Pelosi starred in $75 million worth of negative ads that helped Republicans win control of the House and wrest the speaker’s gavel from her.
Now, the relative handful of moderate Democrats left say the fear of a rerun helps explain why so many of their breed are headed for the exits and why others ignored the pleas of party leaders to make comeback bids in 2012.
Three of the four leaders of the moderate Democratic Blue Dog Coalition have announced that they will retire at the end of this year. The latest to leave is Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), who got a country butt-kicking when he ran against Pelosi for House Democratic leader after the last election.
The argument, made by several sources who called POLITICO without solicitation, goes like this: Even if a moderate can withstand a bad lot in redistricting, raise millions of dollars and overcome ads warning of a second Pelosi speakership, his voice will be ignored in the next Congress.
“What I think is really lost here is a lot of the retirements were preordained the minute Nancy Pelosi decided to run again for speaker,” one retiring centrist said in an interview last week.
The article goes on to quote the Hard Left as saying that Pelosi’s raised $25 million for the Democrats and oh-by-the-way nobody’s going to bring her up again in House races because they’ll be too busy attacking Obama.
Mitt Romney (assuming he’s the GOP nominee) will be too busy attacking Obama. Mitt Romney isn’t running against whoever the Democrat nominee in Shuler’s district will be. The Republican running in that district will certainly beat up on Pelosi – because after all, the reason it’s an open seat is that Shuler threw up his hands. The idea that’s not relevant to such a House race is a laughable bit of delusion, to be sure.
One wonders if the guys from Bell Biv Devoe knew about Pelosi when they wrote this one…