OPINION

Paglia Calls for Pelosi's Ouster

Have the Democrats blown another opportunity for health-care reform? Camille Paglia, writing for Salon, thinks so, and says politicians need to be held accountable. Nancy Pelosi, with her comments about "un-American town-hall meetings" is doing "grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down," Paglia writes. But President Obama, who Paglia voted for, does not escape her criticism either. Obama has done very little to allay his constituents' justified concerns over "vague and slippery promises" tied to his "aggressive endorsement of a health-care plan that does not even exist yet." Paglia echoes conservative criticism of the health-care plan, saying that "virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing." Perhaps most damningly, she says that the push for health care by Democrats is the most blatant boondoggle since the march to Iraq.