At least that's what former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is telling the nation, and it forms the basis for her bid for House Minority Leader. Less than one week ago Republicans piled up the biggest gains in the House in over 70 years, while the Democrats will preside over the lower chamber for the shortest period since the 1950s.
Keeping Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in leadership roles in Congress will tend to reassure the voting public that the Democratic Party did not get the message. Or maybe they did - as Obama put it, he simply hasn't explained himself to the American people enough. He needs to talk more.
"We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back," Pelosi, 70, said in a letter to her colleagues. One has to pause for a moment and ask if "our great achievements" means Pelosi's perceived achievements or America's achievements. Having the Democratic Party soundly repudiated in the election last week has not deterred Pelosi! Not one bit.
Pelosi's bid presumably will keep her atop the Democratic caucus, which will number about 190 members next year. Many Republicans are secretly (and some not-so-secretly) hoping that she turns out to be the anointed Minority Leader. Her unpopularity combined with the reptilian Harry Reid (retained as Senate Majority Leader) puts Republicans in a spectacular position to take the White House in 2012.