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Both parties need new leadership in Congress

12:45 PM EST, November 16, 2012

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi has returned as the Democratic House minority leader. While I can't speak to the internal operation of the Democratic caucus, I can speak to the public persona that Ms. Pelosi presents, and it is not good.

When speaker of the House, her disheveled leadership on health reform took far too long for the Democrats to develop a unified position on an issue that had been around since my high school debate topics in the 1960s.

At President Obama's first State of the Union address, Mrs. Pelosi was like a Jack-in-the-Box jumping up at every occasion. She looked ridiculous. Her leadership led to the largest gain of seats by an opposition party in history in the 2010 elections.

She is a figurehead for Republicans to focus on in election ads across the county and is generally a polarizing figure. She is haughty in front of audiences, and if it weren't for her ego she would realize that it is time to let others lead where she has failed.

I'm not much positive about the rest of the leadership in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be a legislative tactician, but he is a Casper Milquetoast in all other respects.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who hails from my home state of Kentucky, is part of the Old South -— which, unfortunately, is in many ways the same as the New South.

House Speaker John Boehner is probably the best of the lot, but he cannot control his own caucus. With congressional approval rates at 10 percent, why on earth should the status quo be acceptable?

Let the Democrats take the lead in cleaning house. There are other members of the House of Representatives, including several in Maryland's delegation, who perhaps can forge a new start for solving this nation's problems.

Wayne Boswell, Severna Park