In the wake of their sound thrashing in the mid-term elections last week, many Democrats seem to be getting the idea that people do want change, even if it’s not the change that President Obama promised when he was on the campaign trail.

Some, but not all, Democrats seem to be listening, at least a little bit. Others just don’t get it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi surprised many in her own party when she announced just after the election that she would run for Minority Leader. To Pelosi, it’s just business as usual. She’d like a bad rash that just won’t go away.

A growing number of Democratic politicians have said that they will not support Pelosi’s bid for Minority Leader, and some have called for her to step aside, for the good of the party.

But, typical of the arrogance of far too many politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, she doesn’t care about the good of her party, or of the wishes of the American people who want to see the country go in a different direction. She’s got power, and she doesn’t want to relinquish it. End of story.

That’s the problem in Washington. It’s not about what’s good or bad for the country. It’s not even about what’s good or bad for their own party. Most career politicians forgot about loyalty a long time ago, and became immersed in a game of “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” They only care about their own agenda.

And even when faced with overwhelming evidence that they are not doing their jobs in the way that the people they swore to serve want them to do it, they refuse to listen. Why should they? They have gotten away with it for years. They are like that bad rash that just won’t go away.

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23 Comments on Like A Bad Rash

  1. Smokey Ridgely says:

    That is why we need term limits and a return to the citizen legislator that goes to Washington to serve, then returns to private life. That is what the Founding Fathers envisioned when this country was established. The thing that always puzzles me is why do people keep electing these power hungry politicians keep reelecting them.

  2. David says:

    For the first time I can agree with Bad Nick 100%. Dead on.

  3. Gerry Waldpole says:

    I wish we could have gotten rid of all of them and started fresh. It will never change until we do

  4. Lindig Harris says:

    We already have term limits — we call them “elections.” Paraphrased from Dana Stabenow, author.

  5. Gina Ellis says:

    Pelosi, like the bad rash, is simply a symptom of the underlying disease. In order to get rid of the rash, the disease has to be treated, overcome, and eradicated.

  6. my father always said to be a politicans the first 2 things they need to be is a liarer and a thief seems he was right

  7. Robert says:

    You don’t know what you are talking about. Pelosi has been one of the most hard working and effective Speakers in history. Her courageous and tireless fight for the middle class and America’s veterans is overshadowed by none. She did her job, and got the necessary bills through the House, only to have them bogged down by unprecedented Republican malicious filibustering in the Senate. She served her Country honorably, and deserves our respect and gratitude. Check out this link and learn the truth.

  8. Paul says:

    Well stated Nick. It seems “ya can’t fix stupid” is a fact. 😉

  9. Dale says:

    One other point about Pelosi: The district she represents is liberal and she is indeed doing the job they want her to do.

  10. Connie Braidh says:

    Pelosi is one of the many reasons the Democrats lost so heavily. Anyone who basically says pass a bill (health care) and then we will read it and see all the provisions in is indeed a problem.

    Yes, Dale is right she is from a very liberal area BUT legislators are supposed to go to Washington and represent not only their own people but the people of the USA. She is unable to compromise and will be a real thorn in the side of the next House of Representatives. Because it’s her way or the highway.

    However, she will be great for 2012 as a Republican vote getter. Hope the House Democrats realize now is the time to compromise and make themselves look good. And that’s what our government should be all about: compromise from both sides to get legislation that is good for the country. What a novel idea!!!!!!!

  11. Rob Fox says:

    Bad bad Nick, stirring the pot!

    A little over a week after speaking clearly, the country is descending into more bickering and muddled argument.

    Ms Polosi’s position and future is one for the Democratic party alone and then more widely at a future election. If you are a Democrat, make sure the party understands your view.

    If you are a Republican, you will be pleased that you now have a majority leader. You should not expend your energy worrying about Ms Polosi’s future. The only exception, that I could see, is that she is feared in her organisational position as Democratic leader and the Republicans are attempting to damage her. If she is really as bad as you say, it would be better is she kept her position.

    Concentrate on real issues and not the politics.

    Nice to be part of the conversation (can’t be had in many places)


    ps. Nick’s a pretty good cook …. don’t you think. Stir, simmer, bring to the boil and serve.

  12. Rob Fox says:

    Sorry …… Ms PELOSI

  13. Jim Leslie says:

    I didn’t interpret Nick’s comments as an indictment of Pelosi as much as an example of the power greedy politicians on both sides of the aisle who don’t care what is good for their country or their party, only for what THEY want.

  14. Dennise says:

    I think you all missed the point here folks…change the name change the faces and still NOTHING changes…This guy, Mark Morford says it all:

    “To all of you who either flip-flopped your wishy-washy ideals and switched your vote from bluish to reddish this past election because Obama and the lukewarm Dems failed to solve all world problems in 700 days, or because you got yourself so emotionally riled up/mentally watered down by the sexy caveman grunts of the Tea Party that you actually bought the BS line about being “mad as hell” about nothing even remotely coherent.

    Here is your grand message: You are hereby wonderfully, thoroughly screwed.

    Oh darling, it’s so very true. The fun-filled news is, despite all the bluster and rhetoric, thinly veiled racism and rampant Islamophobia on display, the new army of jittery, anti-everything GOP bobbleheads that you just voted into office doesn’t care a single iota about you, or your haphazard values, or what you sometimes occasionally stand for. And what’s more, deep down, you secretly know it.

    Are you slightly offended? Are you scowling and mistrustful of the notion? I’m delighted to hear it. Also: It doesn’t really matter.

    You don’t have to believe me. Just wait until nothing at all is done to service the Tea Party non-agenda, because it’s ridiculous and impossible to service. Just wait until you note how there is no actual shrinking of government, no restoring some bogus sepia-toned idealism that never existed, no saving of your job. There is, of course, but one GOP agenda: furthering their personal stranglehold on all things powermad and avaricious.”

  15. Dave B. says:

    At least now everything will be wonderful again, now that the republicans are back in power! Lower taxes, more jobs, housing market restored, etc., etc., It’s only been a few days since the elections and already everything is better, due to the republicans of course.

  16. Otto H says:

    Wow Nick, you stirred the nest with this one. If it did nothing else it showed you have a very diverse audience. But in reality, it doesn’t matter whether it’s red or blue, nothing will change and the politicos will only be looking after themselves……

  17. JC says:

    We have a lame duck congress made up of a bunch of really mad democrats now that are still in office for a good long six weeks. Let the taxation and socialization begin.


  18. Dennis M says:

    WOW! Someone actually quoting Mark Morford here! There is yet hope for the RV community. Way to go Dennise!

    For those of you who don’t know who the heck he is, he writes for SFGate, the web site of the San Francisco Chronicle. You can read his whole column here and subscribe if you are of a mind to:;nl=fix

  19. Rod I says:

    The problem is that no one is willing to run for public office that will do so as part of the public good or centrist portion of our society. We just don’t have a middle of the road party!
    Everything is either strongly left to the point of socialism, or strongly right to the point of conservative do nothing positions.
    How do we get these so called normal folks to run? Nick, are willing?

  20. Dennise says:

    Thanks Dennis, I wish I could have posted the whole article…perhaps some of the enlightened here will follow the link, who knows. Don’t bank on changing the RV Community, hope is certainly appropriate however!

  21. Christine says:

    I also think that Ms Pelosi’s leadership allowed the representatives to accomplish a few good things. She didn’t pass those bills by herself. And anyone who mentions the Health care reform as needing to be trashed should be very aware of just how many parts are being appreciated. Are memories so bad as to forget the Medicare Prescription Bill that got passed in the middle of the night (and they thought the donut hole wasn’t a problem) by the Republican majority? I guess larger government involvement in health care is okay sometimes?

  22. Dennise says:

    his letter to the whiney young Dems was ever better…

  23. Howdy Bad Nick,
    Did you see how quick the San Francisco Neuters got on your case and called anyone who disagrees with them Republicans?? I guess in California you can’t think independently, you have to follow the union teachings, whether they’re stupid or not… I also agree with the people who feel that BOTH parties are selfish.. That’s what you get with ‘professional politicians'(I just noticed how many (i)s are in politician!!!) No wonder the pols don’t listen!!!
    In our county, we have 2 or 3 very smart, intelligent young people who were ‘tops’ in high school, good athletes A+ honor society, solid family kids WHO ARE IN UNIVERSITIES NOW STUDYING TO BE PROFESSIONAL POLITICIANS!!! THERE ARE ONLY 9,678 PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTY!!! HOW MANY COLLEGE STUDENTS IN THE NATION ARE THERE WHO ARE ‘TRAINING’ FOR THESE POSITIONS???

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