Is Nancy Good for Jim?
While I don't think Walsh is going to run for re-election, Speaker Pelosi may be one of his best friends if he decides to and not in the way most Republicans hope. Nancy Pelosi isn't going to crash and burn as Speaker and hand over the House to Republicans by being too liberal, Pelosi is going to steer the ship just slightly left of center because she needs to protect her majority and quite a few Democrats who picked up seats in districts that Bush won in 04. However, by doing that she's likely going to protect some Republicans in swing districts too, and Walsh is at the top of that list. Strategically, what Pelosi is going to do is drive a wedge between Bush and the public on moderate issues and force him to veto otherwise popular legislation that he opposes. It is the right move for the Democratic Party, but also a huge gift to Congressmen like Walsh. It will give Walsh high profile issues to oppose Bush on and it could easily change that 90% to a 60%. So if Walsh does decide to run for re-election and (God forbid) win he might be sending Speaker Pelosi a thank you note.