Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Who Is She, Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Nancy Pelosi Supporters Say She Will Only Grow More Powerful in Defeat!

This story (Politico.com link below) immediately reminded me of the original Star Wars movie and the scene in which Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi character squares off in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. During a break in the action, Kenobi tells Vader, "You can't win, Darth -- If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." (YouTube link below).

Pelosi supporters are making a similar claim, opining that as long as the dems keep a razor-thin majority in the House following the November elections (allowing Pelosi to remain House Speaker), it won't matter if dems lose dozens of seats. In fact, they claim, it will actually be a good thing for Pelosi if dems do lose dozens of seats. They say that most of those lost seats would be "moderate" dems who can tend to be a thorn in Pelosi's side, and that the more-streamlined remaining majority would consist predominantly of ultra-far left progressives of Pelosi's ilk. Thus, they say, her grip on power (i.e. the Speakership) would actually be enhanced by dozens of dems losing (just so long as the repubs don't take a majority).

Nice theory, I suppose, presuming that the November losses predominantly kick only "moderate" dems to the curb and not any of the truly loony left-wingers. Frankly, I'll believe that when I see it. In the meantime, expect a lot more of this type of spin from dems in the months to come; that is, spin concerning how the almost certain republican pickups in November won't be that big of a deal or are actually a good thing for dems. Just realize that it's spin. No more, no less. BTW, no word yet as to whether republican wins in November will also give Pelosi the new power of being able to communicate with people from the grave -- the power that Kenobi gained when he permitted Vader to strike him down at the end of their duel.