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Keep in mind that after the 2002 election debacle, we were told making Nancy Pelosi Democratic leader would be a disaster. Supposedly, we would have been better off with Harold Ford Jr. (yeah, that’s really who ran against her eight years ago). But instead of disaster, the result was that Democrats won more seats, and passed more legislation, than anyone thought was possible eight years ago.
Keep in mind that after the 2004 election debacle, we were told that turning to Howard Dean as DNC chair would be a disaster. The result was two consecutive Democratic sweeps in 2006 and 2008.
We have proven that Democrats can win with the progressive wing of the party in charge. And really, victory isn’t even possible for us unless the progressive wing is in charge, because Blue Dogs just agree with Republicans on too much policy.
We are not in this for the sake of electing people with D’s next to their name. The point is to make people’s lives better. To do that, we can’t go along with Republican policies. As Pelosi herself said today:
Our work is far from finished. As a result of Tuesday's election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not. We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back.
Update: Just FYI, there are no other candidates besides Pelosi and Heath Shuler's threatened candidacy. And the Progressives appear to have basically drafted Pelosi to run, so there will not be a different left-wing candidate. This is Pelosi vs. the Blue Dogs. Sign up to join Pelosi's team here.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 01:20 PM PDT.