Vulnerable Democrats are running away from Nancy Pelosi, as the above ad demonstrates. Weigel draws a lesson:

Democrats were skeptical, in 2006 and 2008, that Pelosi could become demonized as Newt Gingrich had become demonized. I think we're learning that with $1 billion of negative ads, you could demonize peanut butter sandwiches.

Not if sandwiches strike first.

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