Nancy Pelosi has become a disgrace to the Democratic Party and to California by endorsing Social Security opponent Obama's "chained CPI" proposal to cut benefits on Social Security, including for current recipients: Amanda Terkel and Sam Stein, Nancy Pelosi Predicts 'Democrats Will Stick With The President' On Fiscal Cliff Deal Huffington Post 12/18/2012.
I hope this will become a serious inflection point in the history of the Democratic Party. This can become a dividing point for the labor/liberal/pro-Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid portion of the party, which reflects the views of the base, to become a serious opposition within the party that can successfully challenge the corporate wing, of which Pelosi with her public support of a cut in Social Security benefits now has to be considered a part.
It's hard to imagine that San Francisco Democrats would be unable to mount a substantial primary challenge to Social Security opponent Nancy Pelosi in 2014.
This is a great opportunity for aspiring Democrats, from whatever combination of principle and opportunism on which they operate to establish a distinct political profile for themselves as defenders of the very popular Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs against corporate Democrats like, I'm sorry to say, Pelosi and Obama.
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