Under the bus

Oct 9, 2010, 10:05 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:48 pm

Listen to Dave’s commentary:

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has become the GOP’s punching bag —

“Stand, as Democrats, ready to be accountable to the American people.”

The GOP has a “Fire Pelosi” bus tour — which you’d expect. But look at this! It’s not just Republicans! In Tennessee, DEMOCRATIC candidate Brett Carter wrote Pelosi a letter saying his constituents think she’s out of touch and that she should step down as speaker.

In North Carolina, Democrat Mike McIntyre says in his ad, “I don’t work for Nancy Pelosi…”

Ouch. It looks like the party’s in disarray, doesn’t it.

Except — the job of a speaker — ANY speaker — is to get members of the party elected. Because that’s how you get re-elected speaker. 50-percent plus one.

I ran for Congress in 2004, and when Nancy Pelosi came to campaign for me, we had a little talk about where I differed with her, and she waved it off and said, if you have to run against me to win, you do it.

That’s why I don’t automatically hate all politicians. I know a little about what it takes. It takes a thick skin — and not just you — but your whole FAMILY. Which will turn on the radio and hear you slimed. They’ll turn on the TV and see pictures of you that look like mug shots… Every two years you have to channel your inner masochist.

I think that’s one of the reasons politicians can lose touch – they are so used to tuning out the noise, it’s easy to tune out the message too.

And being thrown under the bus is part of the job — especially for a Speaker of the House: who has to be ready to do whatever it takes to get you in — even if it means the name of some tire company is embossed on her back.

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Under the bus