Reimagining Speaker Pelosi

John Boehner realizes, if many Republicans don’t, that retaining the House is no sure thing.

Kimberley A. Strassel
The Wall Street Journal

Conservatives are by nature optimists. They are intensely focused on retaking the White House and the Senate. But what if, in that optimism, they are missing a growing threat?

That threat is to the House of Representatives. Republicans claimed a sweeping victory there in 2010, a win that stopped President Obama’s marauding legislative agenda. Yet that has led to a certain Republican nonchalance about the House in 2012.

What the optimists are missing is that the House remains the linchpin of all their future ambitions. A Republican presidency will mean little with Speaker Nancy Pelosi redux. Mr. Obama may well win re-election. What leverage will a Republican-run Senate have in the face of that, and a Democratic House? Or consider the possibility that Republicans botch both the Oval Office and the Senate.

True, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), under Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, is aware of the challenge and is energetically fund-raising and recruiting. True, the party is already coaching its newer members about the rigors of re-election. And true, John Boehner and Eric Cantor are going all out to collect money for their members. The speaker alone raised some $46 million in 2011—nearly double his take for the entire last election cycle.

What Messrs. Boehner and Cantor know is that they’ll need all this, and more. The House is no sure thing…

…All those liberals who are angry with Barack Obama have rechanneled their energy into putting the gavel back in the hands of their hero, Nancy Pelosi. That’s why the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee out-raised its Republican counterpart by $7 million last year. And Mr. Obama will swell voter turnout. Republican seats that are safe in a midterm are not in a presidential election.

Conservatives have made the mistake of overlooking the House before—and recently…

The complete article is at The Wall Street Journal.

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