An easy attitude to have when you just lost an election. I’m sure she’d feel much differently if she were still Speaker leading a Democrat House majority.
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.
What Pelosi seems to be arguing for is an ideologically homogeneous Congress than elections that don’t matter. She’s telling Republicans to stop listening to the tea party/conservatives, etc., etc. She wants them to be more like liberals, so that no matter who American vote for – be it Republicans or Democrats – they essentially get the same thing.
Of course, that sort of uniformity of thought is the antithesis of participatory government. We often turn up our noses at “partisanship” and “politics” and the like, but the truth is that pitched political battle is the hallmark of democracy. Politics between elected leaders is how we settle political disagreements in civilized, democratic societies.