I’ll get you, my pretty

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I find it cu­ri­ous that con­ser­va­tives have been ea­ger re­cently to elab­o­rate on the fail­ings of the Demo­cratic Party par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to that party’s losses in the spe­cial elec­tions this year as it doesn’t seem wise to give their op­po­nents ad­vice on how they can im­prove their chances of win­ning the midterm elec­tions next year. It brings to mind the adage at­trib­uted to Napoleon Bonaparte, “Never in­ter­rupt your en­emy when he is mak­ing a mis­take.” In pol­i­tics, how­ever, it is cus­tom­ary to ham­mer op­po­nents as a cover for one’s own fail­ings.

Napoleon also re­port­edly said, “In pol­i­tics stu­pid­ity is not a hand­i­cap,” which is ap­pli­ca­ble to nu­mer­ous politi­cians on ei­ther side of the aisle.

It’s strange to see con­ser­va­tives crit­i­cize the Democrats for re­tain­ing Nancy Pelosi as House mi­nor­ity leader in light of the fact that her re­moval is likely the last thing con­ser­va­tives ac­tu­ally want. John Brum­mett re­cently wrote that the Repub­li­cans score ev­ery time by in­vok­ing Nancy Pelosi, which is the same strat­egy they used in pre­vi­ous years in fo­cus­ing cam­paigns around Barack Obama. There is no doubt that Repub­li­cans all across the na­tion will be cam­paign­ing vig­or­ously next year against the “Wicked Witch of the West” (Pelosi) and her “fly­ing mon­keys” (fel­low Democrats). I used the above anal­ogy be­cause of the pro­duc­tion of The Wiz­ard of Oz at Murry’s Din­ner Play­house.

I sug­gest a cun­ning plan next year for Pelosi: Hold on as mi­nor­ity leader un­til af­ter the pri­maries and, just when the Repub­li­cans get into high gear in cam­paigns cen­tered on her, she re­signs as mi­nor­ity leader, thus caus­ing great an­guish among Repub­li­cans who might have to face the prospect of hav­ing to run on their own mer­its.

Note: I bor­rowed the “Wicked Witch” theme from a 2010 Repub­li­can cam­paign ad against Pelosi. ED CHESS Lit­tle Rock

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