Why do Dems nominate Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer?

Why do Dems nominate Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer?

Pelosi - official pictureCalifornia is supposed to be a liberal state, with the most liberal Democratic Party in the country.

Yet its top honchos back the bombing of Syria that is overwhelmingly opposed by Americans — left, right and center. Those honchos: House Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of Marin County.

I think it’s safe to say that both San Francisco and Marin County are even more opposed to the war than the rest of California — probably 50-to-1 against it.

The Huffington Post reported:

Since President Barack Obama announced that he would seek Congress’ support for use of force against Syria last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been tasked with garnering crucial Democratic support for the attack.

But if recent comments from delegates representing the San Francisco Bay area — Pelosi’s loyal base — are any indication, even staunch supporters may not be behind her on this one.

“I have tremendous respect for Nancy Pelosi as a leader, as a person, as an intellect,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) told the San Francisco Chronicle. “But I cannot ever delegate my decision to her.”…

I remain opposed to any military involvement in Syria,” wrote Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) in a statement. “I am concerned that immersing ourselves into another nation’s civil war would prove to be both a costly and timely endeavor; one that we can ill afford to make on the heels of two of the longest wars in our country’s history. Another prolonged war would leave us weak strategically while simultaneously increasing the suffering of the Syrian people.”

As criticism for the attack builds among delegates, the role of recruiting support could put Pelosi — who called the Iraq war a “grotesque mistake”— in a tough spot.

That means it’s clear that Democrats themselves made three “grotesque mistakes” by re-electing Pelosi, Feinstein and Boxer. I’m not saying Democrats should nominate libertarians, although that would be nice. But they should at least vet more carefully state candidates to get those more in line with the positions of Democratic voters.

I suggest a 2014 primary campaign against Pelosi under the slogan, “Boot Bush Clone Pelosi!”


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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 8 September, 2013, 06:43

    “I have tremendous respect for Nancy Pelosi as a leader, as a person, as an intellect,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) told the San Francisco Chronicle –
    Thanks for my morning chuckle, Zoe.

    As a political leader? True, she has shown to be skillful. As a person? Contemptible. And as an intellect? Words fail.

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  2. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 8 September, 2013, 17:23

    The Democrats are liberal to right of center–Republicans are conservative to extreme wing-nuts. That’s the norm. Not every rep identifies with every political perspective of every voter that has membership in that party. There are going to be Democrats of all stripes weighing in on the Syrian issue–I haven’t even formulated my own thoughts on it yet. It drives you wingnuts crazy that we make choices based on what we believe is best for humanity–not on extreme ideology for its own sake.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 8 September, 2013, 18:31

    The bashes of honorable democrats must be eliminated as being in poor taste.

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  4. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 9 September, 2013, 09:57

    ohh lord….not seesaw……

    “The Democrats are liberal to right of center.”

    Find me one of the latter, SS. Just one. A name. A single, solitary name. (And no, you can’t use “Llyod Bentson”. He’s dead. lol)

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  5. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 9 September, 2013, 13:20

    I believe that I read someplace that Obama is slightlt right of center. I am personally just left of such.

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  6. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 9 September, 2013, 16:47

    “I read someplace that Obama is slightlt right of center”


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  7. Wellnow
    Wellnow 9 September, 2013, 19:06

    Di Fi didn’t even need to run for office… no one would run against her. She couldn’t even manager her own campaign funds they were stolen….so she wanted a do over. She wouldn’t even debate the repubs…She won by default even thought I don’t know anyone that wanted her to win!


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  8. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 9 September, 2013, 19:17

    Glad you are able to laugh.

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  9. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 9 September, 2013, 19:55

    Look up the 1956 or 1960 Republican and Democratic party platform statements. They’re very easy to find on sites such as the American Presidency Project. You’ll find that the traditional Republican party was left of the contemporary Democratic party on many issues. It is the Republicans who have lurched hard to the right, beginning with Goldwater and lurching further with Reagan and now the Tea Party.

    Real Republicans no longer recognize their Grand Old Party. It has been taken over by the same nutjobs who used to run the John Birch Society.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 10 September, 2013, 07:44

      SkippingDog: The whole country is so different from 1956 or 1960, it’s hard to make comparisons. For example, abortion couldn’t even be mentioned at all on movies or TV, or in polite company. Now it’s practically mandatory, as supported by both the Republican and Democratic elites. (Romney favored legal abortion as gov. of Massachusetts; Schwarzenegger always has favored legalized abortion, has did Whitman in her campaign.)

      About 99% of Republicans or Democrats from the 1956s would, if they somehow were transported to 2013 and still held their beliefs of that day, die of heart attacks on seeing what goes on now.

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  10. American citizen
    American citizen 8 January, 2014, 19:57

    N.Pelosi, B. Boxter, D. Frankinstien and all the other kool aid drinkers are GONE 2014.

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  11. FixCaNow
    FixCaNow 23 October, 2014, 17:04

    The 3 of these women are so removed from the lives of the people they represent that they have no clue what it’s like to be a middle class wage earner today. Our area in Northern California is overrun with Drug and Alcohol addicted Transients who do a fine job of mooching the system. Little do they care, that the folks that pay their wage are selling and moving to other States. I suggest that just like the show “Undercover Boss” that they arrive incognito in our most complained about areas and hang out for about 3 days to get a real feel on what they need to be working on in Sacramento.

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