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The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall / AP)

  • Progressives should recognize the likely House speaker as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that is beginning to lose its grip.
  • Related: Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting.

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Nov 15, 2018 | Nancy Pelosi will probably be the next House speaker, a prospect that fills most alert progressives with disquiet, if not dread. But instead of fixating on her as a villain, progressives should recognize the long-standing House Democratic leader as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that has worn out its grassroots welcome and is beginning to lose its grip.

Increasingly at odds with the Democratic Party’s mobilized base, that grip has held on with gobs of money from centralized, deep-pocket sources—endlessly reinforcing continual deference to corporate power and an ongoing embrace of massively profitable militarism. Solomon is coordinator of the online activist group His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

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Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect. Jill Lawrence,  USA Today

  •,2792,x136,y144&width=534&height=401&fit=bounds&auto=webpVoting reforms shouldbetop priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
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