Pelosi's Platform

Policy made plain.
Nov. 6 2006 9:16 PM

Pelosi's Platform

How the Democrats could govern if they win the House.

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Older readers may recognize this formula. It's Vietnamization—the Nixon-Kissinger plan for extracting us from a previous mistake. But Vietnamization was not a plan for victory. It was a plan for what was called "peace with honor" and is now known as "defeat."

Maybe "A New Direction for America" is just a campaign document—although it seems to have had no effect at all on the campaign. My fear is that the House Democrats may try to use it as a basis for governing.

Michael Kinsley is a columnist for the Washington Post and the founding editor of Slate.

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