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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nancy Pelosi: Elections Shouldn't Matter as Much as They Do

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

click to enlarge Pelosi doesn't like elections as much as she used to
  • Pelosi doesn't like elections as much as she used to

Well, it's probably easier to say after losing the most powerful position in Congress, but Nancy Pelosi is now claiming elections should not matter all that much.

Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House, pulled this about-face during a recent speech at Tufts University in Massachusetts where she spoke to graduating seniors, giving them advice about the world at large. Tucked into her politically laced speech was her shot quip about where the minority leader now stands on elections.

"To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn't matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors. Because there are so many things at risk right now -- perhaps in another question I'll go into them, if you want. But the fact is that elections shouldn't matter as much as they do... But when it comes to a place where there doesn't seem to be shared values then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now."

It's an odd statement coming from the woman who, in 2008, became the most powerful politician in Congress by means of ... an election. Or what about the fact that, as Pelosi herself astutely noted in 2009, the special election in New York resulted in a huge win for her health care reform bill.

But that's the thing about elections --  if people don't like your message, then they will vote for change. Pelosi knows that better than anyone.
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