Party outlook, post-election II |

Party outlook, post-election II

If I were one of the many incumbent Democrats ousted by Republican challengers on Nov. 4, I would blame Nancy Pelosi and soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Their shameful behavior since the Democrat “wave” of 2006 not only cost the Democrats both houses of Congress but led to my party’s overwhelming unpopularity with the electorate. Both leaders are out of touch with young voters, who often align themselves with Democrats, and should not be voted minority leaders when the next Congress convenes.

As House speaker, Pelosi infamously said of ObamaCare in 2010, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The Democrats passed ObamaCare and millions found their health insurance plans would be canceled. Pelosi also gave Democrats false hope in 2012 and 2014 that they would regain House control. Reid has run a dysfunctional Senate by forbidding amendments to bills and suppressing the then-Republican minority by limiting its voice in confirmation votes and refusing to address bills on the floor.

Pelosi and Reid should not have the privilege of leading the Democrats because they lost their party’s majority.

Joseph Samuel



The writer, a 2014 Central Catholic High School graduate, is a freshman at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

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