Ken Connor

With great power comes great responsibility.  When things go well, the person in power tends to get the credit, and when they go poorly, that same person will bear the brunt of the nation's outrage.  Nowhere does this maxim ring more true than in Washington, D.C, and this election cycle the American people sent a clear message to the party in power:  We reject your policies and your agenda, and we hold you responsible for the mess you've created.

Since (with the exception of the President) no one represents the face of the Left more than Nancy Pelosi, a sizable cadre of Democrats have  made it clear that they'd like to see her step aside as the top Democrat in the House.  Much to their chagrin, however, Ms. Pelosi is  unwilling to cooperate.  In refusing to step aside, Ms. Pelosi is sending a message to her fellow Democrats that she values her own power more than the future of her party or the future of the country.  This is a perfect example of the kind of selfishness, arrogance and tone deafness that the American people overwhelmingly rejected on November 3rd .

One thing that both parties seem to agree on in the wake of the midterm elections is that the American people sent a strong message that they are sick and tired of business as usual in Washington.  The victorious GOP wasted no time in making it clear that they did not view the election as an endorsement, but as a second chance to earn the voters' trust.  On the losing side, President Obama spoke for Democrats everywhere when he pledged to work harder and do better for the American people.  The one Democrat that didn't perceive the elections as a referendum on the party in power was Former Madame Speaker Pelosi.  Despite the wild success of the Tea Party movement and the widespread embrace of a limited government philosophy among successful GOP candidates this fall, Ms. Pelosi absolutely refuses to concede that the success of conservatives at the polls implies dissatisfaction with the policies of the Democrats in recent years.  From the Huffington Post:

"Pelosi said that the vote was not a rejection of Democratic ideas, but frustration that those policies didn't work fast enough to create jobs. 'The election was no ringing endorsement of Republicans,' Pelosi said.  'We do not accept their version of what this election means.  It's not about rejecting what President Obama has done.  It didn't go fast enough to create jobs.  That's what it's about.'"

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.