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The Pelosi problem

With the exception of President Obama, no nationally known Democrat receives more scathing comments from our readers than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her detractors are revelling in the news that some House Democrats seeking re-election are busy distancing themselves from Pelosi.

Comment strings about Pelosi always contain such words as botox and witch. The virulence and lack of dignity in these attacks underscores her effectiveness. As Paul Kane reported back in May, the San Francisco Democrat is considered "a speaker on par with the revered Sam Rayburn, according to historians, pollsters and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle."

Today, Kane and Karen Tumulty write, "Distancing one's self from the speaker is nothing new for many Democrats... but the number of incumbents and the volume of their criticism of the party House leader is larger than it has been in past election cycles - and the volume of their criticism is louder."

We'll start with rolcan, who wrote, "Nancy Pelosi has done a remarkable job and her work for the American people has been stellar. Any bum Democrat that distances themselves from her, deserves what they get, the cowards!"

To which Gooddogs immediately replied, "rolcan: I think the majority of the country disagrees. Good for your for sticking up for your girl. We will all see in November whether San Francisco plays in Peoria anymore."

fudador makes the practical suggestion that "If speaking out against Pelosi will get them re-elected, by all means they should do so. By no means shall these good Democratic seats go to those stinking republikkkans. A vote for republikkkans is a vote for Palin, McConnell and a return to the 1930s."

But twm1 said, "It's too bad a few Democrats are succumbing to the campaign of Republican vilification aimed at Pelosi. There has never been any substance to this vilification to speak of. Just claims without evidence and personal insults. They used to do the same to Hillary Clinton. But that suddenly stopped. The reason is Clinton ceased to be a political threat once she lost the pres. nomination. This has nothing to do with anything but cynical and unprincipled political game playing by the current degenerate Republican leadership. Whatever happened to the principled leadership of Goldwater, Everett Dirksen and Bob Dole? The current Republican leadership is a disgrace to their own tradition."

FormerDemocrat wrote, "Too late dems. You let her twist your arm into voting for Obamacare, the stimulus and every other Obama agenda piece of crap.
Pay the piper. Nancy Pelosi is the face of the Democratic Party. Goodbye Democrats! Goodbye!"

georges2 said, "It's too bad these Democrats didn't have the guts to do this earlier, before Nancy Pelosi began destroying this country. When we Republicans retake this country, she should be tried for treason. Next time, dim Dems, listen to us. What a bunch of jerks you people are!"

kathlenec wrote, "Speaker Pelosi has done a good job and accomplished much. The problem is some Democrats acting like republicans, will do anything, throw anyone they can under the bus to win... At least Pelosi has intelligence, cares for the American people,knows what it takes to run and keep a country together, rather than the unqualified, irresponsible, radical want to be's."

msmart2u said, "I think the Democratic Party was destroyed long before Obama, Reid and Pelosi assumed leadership. If you look at the economic trends they will show that neither party has served the interest of the working man. I will agree that the level of disappointment with these three is unmatched by anything in the history of American politics. Both parties are in sad shape. It is time to form at least two other strong parties, one on the far left and another on the far right..."

pkbishop1 wrote, "This article reads like a high school term paper. Ambiguous at most. "More than a few Democrats..." Why not name them? This is nothing more than right wing junk by the Wash Post."

wapocensorsbite said, "Let's face it. The Dumbs really mis-read their mandate from 2008. They were given the reins by the American people to stabilize the economy and get it growing again. They weren't elected for gov't to take over the economy. Gov't wasn't supposed to borrow $Trillions, and then have nothing to show for it. The mandate wasn't to do the Communist Healthcare Scam... The mandate is to fix the economy. The mandate isn't to expand gov't. November 2nd WILL be sweet!!!..."

angriestdogintheworld1 wrote, "You wing nuts are rubbing your cloven hooves together a bit early."

llawrence9 said, "Both sets are in industry's pocket and dedicated to bankrupting us in foreign adventures."

honorswar26 wrote, "If voters really want to get rid of Nancy Pelosi and her corrupt cronies, then vote for and elect supporters of the Tea Party movement."

bob59 asked, "Why are Democrats just now starting to put "distance" between themselves and Pelosi? (They just spent almost 4 years voting YES with her on every issue the American people told them to vote NO on.) Could it be the upcoming election? What's their plan after the election? Why do Progressive Socialists believe voters are stupid? November can't come soon enough."

We'll close with timothy2me, who wrote, "Of course Republicans are going after Pelosi. She has been very effective and productive as Speaker of the House. House passed legislation has piled up in the Senate. As for the House Democrats when did Democrats ever walk in lock step?"

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  | September 20, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
Tags:  Democrats, House, Pelosi  
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