Smudged Legacy


A legacy is like a chalkboard; you write and write, you smudge and smudge, you dot the i’s and cross the t’s until you’re out of room. You’re left with a couple of options. Either you can leave the message–the lesson–up on the board and grant interpretation to the prerogative of the viewer Or you can erase it and start over.

And there goes your legacy.

Nancy Pelosi is choosing the latter. I wouldn’t agree that she’s been “the most effective Speaker in a generation” as many are claiming. I would assert, however, that she’s been one of the most principled. In a gridlocked Congresses, she’s often avoided compromise and negotiation. She’s taken on the challenges that are important to Democrats, fought for the fundamental missions of liberals, and has answered the toughest questions with a progressive answer.

Perhaps her deeply rooted self-confidence was a factor in the demise of her Democratic majority. Retrospectively, maybe she should have been less “out there” and pushed a less partisan agenda. But she wasn’t and she didn’t, and in her position as Speaker, she didn’t need to be less partisan. She had nothing to lose.

Well, she lost it.

Instead of walking away from the chalkboard and leaving her legacy to the analytical eye of history, she’s picked up the eraser. And assuming that she succeeds in becoming the next Minority Leader, she’ll erase that pristine legacy of principle. She’ll have everything to lose. She’ll have to transform herself from the bleeding-heart liberal she has always been into a centrist-leaning blue dog. That’s not who she is–that’s not what the chalkboard should say.

To maintain her legacy and honorably end a career of righteous conviction, Nancy Pelosi should drop the eraser and choose not to run for Minority Leader. After a career of steadfast loyalty to the left-wing, the next two years would become a smudge on her legacy.

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2 thoughts on “Smudged Legacy

  1. Ah, but the people have spoken. The people are angry. The people have not been happy with Nancy Pelosi bleeding-heart liberal.

    Nancy Pelosi may have to become Nancy Pelosi centrist-leaning blue dog just to appease and remain in power. In order to stay relevant, she may have to move away from her principles and instead suck up a little bit. But such is the beauty of democracy. In a democracy, self-serving politicians serve the people by default. Brilliant system.

  2. “She’ll have to transform herself from the bleeding-heart liberal she has always been into a centrist-leaning blue dog.”
    You have to be joking? She’ll be a bleeding heart liberal through and through, don’t you worry, she’ll just change her rhetoric….maybe.

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