CHAPTER 9FUTURE PACING

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world.

— ANNE FRANK

At the start of the One Hundred Tenth Congress, newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced a significant communication challenge. The Democrats had won the House by a wide margin in large part because of popular opposition to the ongoing war in Iraq. Pelosi herself represented a San Francisco district adamantly opposed to the war. Yet instead of looking for ways out of war, President Bush had just announced a troop surge. Republican members of Congress were torn between the powerful symbolism of supporting a president during wartime and representing the 60 percent of the American people who opposed the ...

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