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Dina Titus

Democrats don't need Dixie

Right now, the Democrats are as excited about this election as any since 1992. They are positioned to win enough seats to capture the House of Representatives, and perhaps the Senate as well. For many Democrats, and particularly women or Baltimoreans with hometown pride, the thought of area native Nancy Pelosi becoming the first female speaker of the House is a heady prospect, indeed.

Whether Ms. Pelosi will get the 15 seats she needs to put her over the top depends less on how voters feel about her party than it does on their level of disgruntlement with the Republicans and President Bush, particularly on the issue of Iraq. What's not in doubt is whence the new Democrats who...