It’s thoroughly unsurprising that this newspaper has chosen to endorse Rep. Nancy Pelosi to again be speaker of the House of Representatives if a “blue wave” of voting leads to a Democratic majority there. There’s no question that Pelosi has been a prodigious fundraiser for Democratic candidates and secured substantial federal funds for her home district.
However, she has become a polarizing figure even within her own political party. Many younger Democrats resent Pelosi’s sense of entitlement to again be the House majority leader, as well as her curt dismissal of challengers to her position as “inconsequential.” How can a political party that is not in the majority in the House, the Senate or the White House be reinvigorated or attract new members when deeply entrenched leaders like Pelosi refuse to cede their power? Pelosi’s mantra for the 2018 midterm elections is “Just win, baby.” But what if the Democrats don’t win because Pelosi’s candidacy dampens the turnout of younger voters or causes more Republicans to cast ballots to maintain a GOP House majority?
Richard Fairchild, Walnut Creek