The House Democratic Caucus is about to choose a new leader, following Dick Gephardt`s decision to leave that vale of tears for the Elysian fields of a 2004 presidential campaign. You can blame Mr. Gephardt for failing to win back control of the House after the Republican sweep of 1994; he tried and failed four times. So the first step to recovery is the election of a far-left leader, Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. Her congressional district gave Al Gore a 61-point margin over President Bush in 2000, and the president outpolled Ralph Nader by a mere six points.
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