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This might seem like a tough week for Democrats, what with Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., both being accused of sexual misconduct.
But next year around this time, when Republicans look back, they might view today as the day House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put all her chips down and made clear she is dead serious about getting the Speakers' gavel back in January 2019.
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In calling this morning for Conyers (the longest-serving current House member) to resign from Congress, Pelosi has finally made clear she's not going to equivocate and leave Republicans with moral high ground from which to attack her.
There were big obstacles to Pelosi disowning Conyers, and this showed up in her hesitation up to now. In particular, there was his seniority, and then especially his status as the most (or perhaps second-most) powerful black House member.
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But Pelosi is surely counting on the fact that there are other ambitious black Democrats who would like a chairman's gavel themselves and that her party is not even remotely in danger of losing Conyers' Detroit-area district. And most importantly of all, she is counting on the fact that it's better to get rid of the bad apples now, a full year before voters go to the polls, than to let this and other sexual harassment stories continue to...
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