House leadership battle: new blood, or just bloodletting?

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi leaves a news conference at the Capitol in Washington Nov. 15.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi leaves a news conference at the Capitol in Washington Nov. 15.(/J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Moulton puts Democrats’ unity at risk

Although I have never met him, I have long admired US Representative Seth Moulton as a new breed of candidate who is truthful and direct with the voters. I believe him to be an asset as a member of the Massachusetts delegation.

However, I am concerned that, by challenging Nancy Pelosi’s leadership (“Peril in being point man in anti-Pelosi push,” Page A1, Nov. 20), he may destroy any chance of unity the new Democratic-controlled House will have. We have only two years to make the case to the voters in America that we can be better. No one is more talented and able to make that happen than Pelosi, a seasoned speaker.


Merely being new and young doesn’t make one effective. Just look at Paul Ryan.

John Gardiner


GOP demonizes Pelosi because she’s effective

The movement to stop Nancy Pelosi from returning as speaker of the House could prove costly, both for Massachusetts and its congressional delegation and for the country (“Welcome to the Hill. Now vote!” Page A1, Nov. 15).

Pelosi is demonized by Republicans primarily because she has been so effective. Democrats attacked Newt Gingrich in 1994 for similar reasons.

Our ambitious newly elected Democratic members of Congress should be proud to follow Pelosi’s lead.

Not only was she the first female speaker, but she has more knowledge, energy, and political savvy than most congressmen half her age. Political pundits have argued that she will be recognized in history as one of the greatest speakers of the House.

Ageism is a prejudicial attitude, and just as serious as sexism or racism. It should not be a factor in this very important upcoming vote.

Walter Horan


Fresh leadership is needed

Re “Peril in being point man in anti-Pelosi push”: Let’s thank Seth Moulton for initiating the leadership succession process in the Democratic Party. After the midterm elections, the Democrats are stronger, with more young talent and diversity at every level of elected office. To meet their lofty goals, these newly elected representatives must advocate for fresh leadership with a vision for the United States that looks toward the future.


Thomas H. Friedman


Rake leaves — and Congress

Renée Loth (“Yard work, unplugged”) and Joan Vennochi (“Thank you, Seth Moulton, for shaking up the leadership”) have it right. Both leaves and entrenched, entitled politicians need to be swept aside to make way for new growth.

Bob Segal


Wise leaders have a succession plan

Joan Vennochi said it well: “Keeping power is not a right.” But I would add: Wise leaders identify and mentor possible successors. So why are all three of the House Democratic leaders holding onto power rather than giving one or more newer members an opportunity to learn and grow into leadership?

Cynthia Snow


A nay vote on ageism

Calling Nancy Pelosi and House minority whip Steny Hoyer “geezers” is ageist. The term geezer is insulting to all older people. Joan Vennochi should have a large enough vocabulary to stick to issues, not name-calling.

Annabel Dodd