Back to Pelosi: The argument that she's going to take the Dems on a magic carpet ride towards Canadian socialism is akin to the fear of the Religious Right that gay parents rear gay kids. Okay, it's not a great analogy, but I like to throw stones at Pat Robertson, et al. She knows that she'll never be effective if she doesn't have a power base, and to do that she has to develop enough support to lead. Okay this is obvious, but look at Gephardt. Where did he ever take the party with his "leadership" (as mild as it was spectrum-wise)?