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Monday, January 31, 2011

Nancy Pelosi Strikes Sharp Contrast

In Chapter 2 of the Connelly book, the author paints a picture of Nancy Pelosi as a Democratic leader whose mission is to strike a sharp contrast with Republicans by offering alternatives. Connelly also notes that Pelosi is not interested in moving to the center to attract swing voters but rather wants to move the party to the left in order to energize the Democratic party base. A State Column article reports that Pelosi, as minority leader, is continuing her objective to provide a contrast to the majority party who wants to eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund:

“In response to the Citizens United ruling, Democrats worked to restore transparency, fairness, and accountability to our political process. Last Congress, with bipartisan support, the House passed the DISCLOSE Act to require corporations to stand by, and donors, to stand by your ad—why are you running and hiding? And to keep foreign-owned entities from participating in our elections.

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