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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Red Dawn: What's Next for Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM

click to enlarge What's next for her -- and us? - SCOTT ANDERSON
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  • What's next for her -- and us?

Two things are all but certain in the near future. We'll be hearing, ad nauseam, about angry voters' rightward swing. And, as in the past, some number-cruncher will point out that shifting a few tens of thousands of votes the other way nationwide would have undermined last night's Republican rout.

So be it. America is a winner-take-all nation when it comes to politics. And while Nancy Pelosi picked up more than 80 percent of the vote to retain her Congressional seat, that comes as small consolation. The first rule of politics is "get re-elected." When it came to retaining a Democratic majority in the House, Madam Speaker could not execute -- and became portrayed as a bogeywoman nationwide. It remains to be seen what ramifications this has for Pelosi -- and the city she represents.

First off, it stands to reason that, after portraying San Francisco as Sodom so well that even Democrats were deriding Pelosi's hometown, Republicans are not going to do our fair city any favors. (By the way, Democratic Georgia Congressman Jim Marshall, who referred to San Francisco as a den of dirty hippies and boasted about how often he voted against Pelosi's favored plans, was himself ousted from Congress last night. It just wasn't the day to have a "D" next to your name).

If nothing else, Pelosi has channeled billions back to her home district. It figures that cavalcade of dollars will be ceased. 

It also remains to be seen if Pelosi will withstand this stinging rebuke. Speculation is rampant that she may resign -- which would lead to a mad political dash to claim her safely Democratic seat. If, say, Leland Yee, Gavin Newsom, David Chiu, or others deign to run for Congress, that, in turn, would create a political domino effect as politicians converged on their vacant seats, and others converged on the seat-seekers seats, and so on.

All in all, it's a black day for San Francisco. Thankfully, it's also a black-and-orange day. The Giants' World Series victory parade commences at 11 a.m. It couldn't come at a more welcome time.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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