First, I want to offer my sincere apologies for going quiet for two weeks. A Thanksgiving vacation and computer issues left me strangely silent. Not that Nancy Boyda-Pelosi doesn't remain a target rich environment.
Boyda-Pelosi will return to Washington this week with the following to face, the surge in Iraq, which she said would never work, is in fact working . . . Rep. John Murtha, the defense hawk (and unfortunately someone who has made some rather questionable earmarks) who made it ok for moderate Dems to be pro Iraq pullout, has admitted the surge is working. The press reports and casualty reports back him up on this claim. The big question, will Boyda-Pelosi change her position yet again on Iraq?????
And, there's this - the editor of the Almanac of American Politics comments on who should be worried about being a "one term wonder." In fairness, it does say Boyda-Pelosi could benefit from a bloody Republican primary, but otherwise, it doesn't sing her praises.
RCP: Anybody who should be worried about being a one-term wonder?
CM: There are some people who probably would not have been elected in a normal election year. In a traditional election cycle, candidates like Carol Shea-Porter, and maybe Nancy Boyda and Jerry McNerney would have had difficulty winning. And so those are the members that need to be the most careful about the way they carry themselves going forward.
RCP: What are some of the races you're most looking forward to watching next year?
CM: The Boyda race is very, very interesting, for lots of reasons. The rubber matches are always a terrific race to watch. They're always bitter, there's lots of money spent, and it's always a great opportunity to see whether the so-called fluke candidates have established a set of political skills in the two years they've held office.
If you take a look at what's happened in Kansas recently, you see another example of a bloody primary that's going to end up biting them in the behind. Certainly that works in Boyda's favor. But Boyda's made some less than judicious comments that have really not played well in her district. But otherwise, most of the other freshmen I think have been very smart about crafting their message to their districts. And that includes some members that are probably, you know, their politics don't match their districts real well.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.