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American Opinion: On Democratic leadership in Congress:

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An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

From The Associated Press

On Democratic leadership in Congress:

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been the most effective Democrat over the last two years, and among the most effective in the last generation.

But it's time for her to go. It may be unfair, but Pelosi is a rich liberal from San Francisco who is about as popular as a skin rash these days. That's a burden that Democrats don't need . ...

A Gallup poll recently found 56 percent of Americans view her negatively -- roughly double the portion that feels negatively toward U.S. Rep. John Boehner, the Republican leader who will take over as speaker in January.

No, this is not fair. Pelosi is the daughter of a political boss and mayor from Baltimore, and knows how to move bills. The House passed historic legislation on her watch on health care, financial reform, economic stimulus and climate change.

But she is not an effective spokeswoman for the party, and her position was weakened this year by a flood of Republican attack ads. Even in New Jersey, GOP candidates attacked Democrats by underscoring their ties to Pelosi.

Time for her to move on. Maybe Democrats should say thanks by building a statue of her. But for now, they need a new leader.

-- Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J

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