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Nancy Pelosi: House minority leader

By Jonathan Capehart

The Tweet from @SpeakerPelosi was simple and to-the-point: "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader." In short, Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't going anywhere. She's not giving up her House seat, as other deposed speakers have. And she's not giving up a chance to lead the Democratic Party conference as House minority leader. Brava!

(For the uninitiated #hcr is Twitter shorthand for health care reform, and #wsr is for Wall Street reform.)

I've already extolled her leadership virtues this week. But Gene Robinson does her tenure justice with his column today.

She's losing her job not because she does it poorly but because she does it so well....Obama came to office with a long, ambitious agenda. Pelosi had a big majority to work with in the House, but it was ideologically diverse -- Blue Dogs, progressives, everything in between. Somehow, she managed to deliver.

Now there are some within the Democratic conference who want Pelosi to step away from the leadership altogether. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) are urging a new direction for the conference. I totally get that. Democrats were slaughtered, and now they want her to go away like last year's Hermes scarf. Now that Pelosi has announced her intentions, we'll see whether those seeking a new course have the votes to keep her out of the leadership. Good luck with that, folks. As Chuck Todd just Tweeted, "Pelosi's a good vote-counter, she would NOT have announced if she didn't think she had the votes."

Earlier today, NBC News's Luke Russert laid out a six-point case for why Pelosi should stay on as minority leader. Points five and six are the most persuasive to me.

5. Why should Pelosi be the only leader to fall on the sword after the disastrous results for Democrats on Tuesday? The president is not shaking up his team. Harry Reid will return to the Senate, a Senate that couldn't pass many House bills that liberals and progressives feel could have helped their election prospects. And Pelosi has worked harder than any other Democrat leader and earned the right to leave on her own terms. In no way does she need to placate moderates by stepping down.

6. Finally, part of Pelosi wanting to stay is personal. She and many within in her caucus feel that she's the best person at the table for House Democrats. While the media play up the need for her to leave -- as do some self-serving moderates -- eventually there is no better voice to lead an aggressive minority party that will put the GOP on the record as being against the middle class and being pro-big businesses and the wealthy.

That Reid will likely cling to his majority leader post despite barely beating a woefully unqualified yet well-financed opponent is bewildering. Of Reid, Robinson wrote, "Harry Reid is still Senate majority leader -- and after the way he punched and scrapped his way to victory, who wants to mess with him?" Gosh, I wish someone would. If Reid couldn't get legislation passed when he had a 10-seat (then nine-seat) majority with the same ideologically diverse caucus that Pelosi was able to hold together, why should Democrats have any confidence he'll do any better with an even smaller majority?

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 5, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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"She's losing her job not because she does it poorly but because she does it so well ..."

LOL!!! I thought that you guys were the reality-based crowd. You really think that 8% approval rating and losing the most seats since 1948 is "doing well"?

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I second the brava and heartily endorse Ms Pelosi. Even if she wasn't so demonstrably effective (and she is), I would support Pelosi for no other reason than to give conservatives the heartburn they so richly deserve.

Reid, on the other hand...... Surely there must be a better choice. Can't we get some thinking progressives together to back a more attractive alternative?

Posted by: truthwillout | November 5, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

JakeD2: my question for you is why do you think her rating is 8%? Do you think it's because people don't like the policies she's been asked to promote and the one's she promotes herself? Or do you think it's just because conservatives in congress just want a highly-visible target and have tried the pile on method in this instance?

Just asking...

Posted by: poli_humanous | November 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

How about John Kerry to replace Reid? He has the seniority. And, being from Massachusetts, he won't have Reids timidity toward every little progressive proposal. Reid always had to worry about the folks back home. As long as he is senator from Nevada, he can never by a good majority leader. Kerry was a lousy presidential candidate, but he has been a great progressive voice in the Senate.

Posted by: truthwillout | November 5, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

John Kerry may be a good choice but I think a not so unlikely darkhorse candidate should be Sen. Chuck Schumer from NY.

Posted by: poli_humanous | November 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes please YES! She makes Palin look universally beloved.

Posted by: dummypants | November 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes, a definite yes. Pelosi should continue to be the face and voice of the House Democrats.

I look forward to the Republicans picking up 50 more seats in 2012.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | November 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I second the brava and heartily endorse Ms Pelosi. Even if she wasn't so demonstrably effective (and she is), I would support Pelosi for no other reason than to give conservatives the heartburn they so richly deserve.
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Heartburn? Really? She's the gift that keeps on giving. With her still in the House, Republicans might take 2/3 majority in the next election. There's a reason Democrats got run over in the House. She was an effective Speaker all right-- for policies the American people obviously didn't approve of by a wide majority! She was great at keeping Democrats together as they walked of the cliff to their doom.

Posted by: LivinginthePromisedLand | November 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope this bird brain doesn't stay in politics, she must be the most hated women in the US!

Posted by: bailey50 | November 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Love the "conservative" talking points spewers. Do you guys really have any idea what you're talking about or do you just really enjoy being ditto-heads?

Posted by: poli_humanous | November 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Dems don't let that bird brain anywere near Washington anymore. She has to be the most hated women in the US.

Posted by: bailey50 | November 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

While I am ambivalent about Pelosi, I am more certain about Reid.

Pelosi is indeed feared by republicans because she did what they couldn't do when they had a majority - pass legislation. She is hated by the tea baggers because she is a powerful woman.

But she was elected with a simple mandate - end the war in Iraq. Not only did she not deliver, she even backed down from that.

Still, Hoyer, despite being a local guy, is not an inspiring leader. I think he got the job more as a reward for being a great foot soldier on the floor than for his leadership.

And, as long as they are trying to drag Pelosi through the mud, the republicans are not going to win the women's vote.

Harry Reid, meanwhile, was the republicans best friend, well, second best after Faux News, in the Senate. He took the easy way out every time, had no heart for a battle and went into every fight trying not to lose as opposed looking to win.

If the republicans wanted to filibuster he should have let them. They were lining up to guarantee themselves permanent minority status. Instead he played their game for them and played right into their hands.

I could care less what John Kerry thinks about him as a leader, Reid needs to yield to someone better prepared and more willing to take the fight to the republicans.

I am not sure who that would be - Harkin? Klobuchar? Warner? Just not Reid.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Having tasted blood the lioness is not about to give up her pride.

Posted by: lastword | November 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi should definitely keep her job. She was able to lead a very diverse group in the 111th Congress -- and she got legislation through that many thought would be impossible to pass.

With this election, a lot of the Democrats who lost were Blue Dog centrists. The Republicans like to talk about RINOs (Republicans in name only). A lot of the Democrats who lost were DINOs.

She will have a more cohesive group of Democrats, she has the experience and battle scars to lead them, and unlike the weepy soon-to-be-Speaker-of-the-House, she doesn't lose her composure easily.

Remember the words of Greta Garbo in the 1939 classic film "Ninotchka". As the tough Russian special envoy Nina Yakushova, she gave orders to a small group of timid comrades who were afraid to take the steps that were necessary on their mission. Then she added: "The last mass trials were a great success. There will be fewer but better Russians."

This election was a trial for the Democrats. There are now fewer but better Democrats -- and Pelosi is the right person to lead them. You can bet the Republicans are hoping she will go away, which is another good reason to keep her as the Democrats' leader.

Give 'em hell Nancy.

Posted by: scrim1 | November 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi NOT resigning?

Bravooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Here's the most succesful female politician of all time and the sexist GOP and cowardly Democrats are trying to force her to retire. I'll be donating to the Nancy Pelosi Campaign immeidately.

Posted by: Whispers | November 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Having tasted blood the lioness is not about to give up her pride.

Posted by: lastword | November 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Why do the Republic Party propagandists direct so much bitter hatred toward Pelosi?

The obvious answer is jealousy. They have cartoonish goofs like Delay, Demint, McConnel and Bohner and Palin as leaders, not to mention of course the ultimate laughingstock, Dumya, to look up to for guidance.

Pelosi and Obama have calmly gone about the business of repairing the collosal damage and corruption wrought by the Republic Party's rule. Further, the Republic Party morals hypocrites bitterly hate Pelosi because she is a devout Catholic, mother of five, married to the same husband, and is an Italian American.

And most of all, they bitterly hate her because she SUCCEEDED. So all the Republic party propagandists have left is character assassination.

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | November 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

You go Girl!!! If the Democrats are stupid enough (which we know they are) to put her in we'll be a one party nation by 2012.

Don't be suprised in 2013 if you happen to see Pelosi and Obama doing the only job they are really qualified for - Working on your local highway dept crew scraping up road kill

Posted by: jagloss | November 5, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Great!!!

1st step to historic GOP landslide in 2012.

Thank you.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | November 5, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican and a conservative anxious to see Democrats take another shellacking in two years, I completely agree with Capehart. I wish Nancy all the best as she seeks another term as leader of the Democrats in the House. Godspeed Mrs. Pelosi! A San Francisco liberal with 8% approval ratings shouting proudly about "landmark" legislation like the health care bill is A-OK with me going into 2012!

Posted by: GSS1 | November 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The democratic house learned their lesson. It is fine for Pelosi to be a socialist because she is safe for re-election in a far left district, same thing with Hoyer and VanHollan, but many other democrats will not make the same mistake this time around.

Posted by: bobilly2 | November 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi will return the House to a Democratic majority in 2010.

Count on it.

Now let's replace Reid with Schumer and start kicking some Republican b*tt!

Posted by: paul65 | November 5, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

LivinginthePromisedLand & others:

First your numbers are ridiculously inaccurate. Pelosi has a 33% approval rating. It may be that this is only 8% among republicans and, if it is, who cares?

Boehner, meanwhile, has a 22% approval rating. His party was just swept into power and 11% of Americans think less of him than they do of the leader they just replaced.

More voters still have a favorable opinion of Democrats then they do of republicans.

And almost as many voters said they were voting in support of President Obama as self-identified as tea party members.

What does that tell you about your "revolution"????

You all can pretend whatever you want to about the election - but do so at your own peril. This was not a ringing endorsement of republican or even of tea party values. It was desperation by independents that lead to the vote.

Exit polls indicate that a plurality of Americans (47%) favor, at worst, leaving Health Care Reform alone while only 40% favor repeal or reversing.

The number one response of ALL voters was "SPEND more money to create jobs [emphasis mine]." The number one concern by far of ALL voters, but especially independents was JOBS.

Constitutional issues were way down on the list.

The tea bag agenda has nothing concerning jobs. And are you going to vote to spend more - even if the public demands it?

Have fun with your 15 minutes!!!

Pelosi has high negatives because of the economy and because of the 24/7/365 efforts by Faux News and others to vilify her starting the moment she took her oath of office.

But, once again, even after all of that, she is still more popular than Boehner.

Spin that

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 5, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, what great news for the Republicans. In 2012 the demos already had 23 senate seats to defend. And now they get hanged with the albatross of ms. pelosi

Posted by: jibe | November 5, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi will go down in history - along with Reid and Obama - as the woman who helped move this country into the 21st century with health care reform. The fact that the extremists hate her so much (and boy, do they hate her!) just proves her effectiveness and success.

Posted by: gposner | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The point JakeD2 is that Pelosi wouldn't have been target the way she was if she weren't being effective. Pelosi does not solely hold the blame for Tuesday. In fact, she holds very little of it. The uprising against the Democrats by conservatives was because they were accomplishing a lot, despite stonewalling by Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Dogs suffered the greatest losses on Tuesday.

Posted by: Straw2 | November 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The point JakeD2 is that Pelosi wouldn't have been target the way she was if she weren't being effective. Pelosi does not solely hold the blame for Tuesday. In fact, she holds very little of it. The uprising against the Democrats by conservatives was because they were accomplishing a lot, despite stonewalling by Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Dogs suffered the greatest losses on Tuesday.

Posted by: Straw2 | November 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"...there are some within the Democratic conference who want Pelosi to step away from the leadership..."

Very true. In her corner, however, are ALL of the Republicans. Retaining Ms. Pelosi in the minority leadership role is about the best thing that could happen for the GOP.

Posted by: missionamp | November 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The point JakeD2 is that Pelosi wouldn't have been target the way she was if she weren't being effective. Pelosi does not solely hold the blame for Tuesday. In fact, she holds very little of it. The uprising against the Democrats by conservatives was because they were accomplishing a lot, despite stonewalling by Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Dogs suffered the greatest losses on Tuesday.

Posted by: Straw2 | November 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The point, JakeD2, is that Pelosi wouldn't have been targeted the way she was if she weren't being effective. Pelosi does not solely hold the blame for Tuesday. In fact, she holds very little of it. The uprising against the Democrats by conservatives was because they were accomplishing a lot, despite stonewalling by Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Dogs suffered the greatest losses on Tuesday.

Posted by: Straw2 | November 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The point, JakeD2, is that Pelosi wouldn't have been targeted the way she was if she weren't being effective. Pelosi does not solely hold the blame for Tuesday. In fact, she holds very little of it. The uprising against the Democrats by conservatives was because they were accomplishing a lot, despite stonewalling by Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Dogs suffered the greatest losses on Tuesday.

Posted by: Straw2 | November 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If the democratic congress do not listen to the voters like they did for last 2years and make Pelosi the minority leader again that will be a symbolic gesture from the democratic party that they still have confidence in Pelosi which is a big mistake. If loosing 66 seats in the congress did not wake them up, wait until 2012 when the real tsunami come on shore at which time it will be a massacre unfortunately. Democrats have to wake up and select a new person to lead their minority party in congress who will be more bipartisan and willing to work for the good of this nation rather then trying to shove down the citizen's throat bills that they have not even read.

Posted by: chaemoondriver | November 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLOL!!!!! Good luck with that Nancy Bela-Pelosi!

If the democrats elect her as their minority leader it will be telling the country all it needs to know coming in to the 2012 election.

I honestly hope she is stupid enough to try it and I honestly hope the democrats are stupid enough to elect her. It makes the job in 2012 all that much easier when we sweep this progressive socialist infestation out of government for good.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | November 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Agree - she did her job and was able to get more legislation passed than most thought including Dems., Repubs., & pundits (who are more wrong than right).

Posted by: rlj1 | November 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi, former Democrat Speaker of the House also said that the Democrats would retain the House majority. It is a matter of appearance for Obama’s liberal Democrats that Nancy stay on and not retreat when defeated by a Republican majority in the House.

Obama-Pelosi did great harm to the Democrat Party and all the White House and Democrat cabinet saw it coming and deserted the sinking ship as did Chief Democrat Rahm Emanuel. Poor Pelosi still does not understand. Since Nancy said she would drain the swamp, she should be put in charge of House ethics to investigate Democrats Rangel and Waters.

Posted by: klausdmk | November 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

LivinginthePromisedLand & others:

First your numbers are ridiculously inaccurate. Pelosi has a 33% approval rating. It may be that this is only 8% among republicans and, if it is, who cares?

Boehner, meanwhile, has a 22% approval rating. His party was just swept into power and 11% of Americans think less of him than they do of the leader they just replaced.

More voters still have a favorable opinion of Democrats then they do of republicans.

And almost as many voters said they were voting in support of President Obama as self-identified as tea party members.

What does that tell you about your "revolution"????

You all can pretend whatever you want to about the election - but do so at your own peril. This was not a ringing endorsement of republican or even of tea party values. It was desperation by independents that lead to the vote.

Exit polls indicate that a plurality of Americans (47%) favor, at worst, leaving Health Care Reform alone while only 40% favor repeal or reversing.

The number one response of ALL voters was "SPEND more money to create jobs [emphasis mine]." The number one concern by far of ALL voters, but especially independents was JOBS.

Constitutional issues were way down on the list.

The tea bag agenda has nothing concerning jobs. And are you going to vote to spend more - even if the public demands it?

Have fun with your 15 minutes!!!

Pelosi has high negatives because of the economy and because of the 24/7/365 efforts by Faux News and others to vilify her starting the moment she took her oath of office.

But, once again, even after all of that, she is still more popular than Boehner.

Spin that
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Don't have to spin anything. Nancy Pelosi may have a 100% approval rating and Boehner may have a 1% approval rating. The fact of the matter is that polls mean diddly squat. The only thing that matters is the VOTE. She was the Majority leader. Her leadership ended in a huge landslide for Republicans. That's a fact. Democrats have controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency for the past 2 years and people are NOT happy with the way things are going. You are right about one thing. JOBS are the number one concern of people. Guess that's why Nancy spent so much time on Health Care huh? I think you are the one that needs to get their head out of the sand. It may not be a Republican revolution (I never said it was by the way) but it sure isn't an endorsement of Nancy Pelosi or the way Democrats have run the country the past two years.

Posted by: LivinginthePromisedLand | November 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi, former Democrat Speaker of the House also said that the Democrats would retain the House majority. It is a matter of appearance for Obama’s liberal Democrats that Nancy stay on and not retreat when defeated by a Republican majority in the House.

Obama-Pelosi did great harm to the Democrat Party and all the White House and Democrat cabinet saw it coming and deserted the sinking ship as did Chief Democrat Rahm Emanuel. Poor Pelosi still does not understand. Since Nancy said she would drain the swamp, she should be put in charge of House ethics to investigate Democrats Rangel and Waters.

Posted by: klausdmk | November 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

LivinginthePromisedLand & others:

First your numbers are ridiculously inaccurate. Pelosi has a 33% approval rating. It may be that this is only 8% among republicans and, if it is, who cares?

Boehner, meanwhile, has a 22% approval rating. His party was just swept into power and 11% of Americans think less of him than they do of the leader they just replaced.

More voters still have a favorable opinion of Democrats then they do of republicans.

And almost as many voters said they were voting in support of President Obama as self-identified as tea party members.

What does that tell you about your "revolution"????

You all can pretend whatever you want to about the election - but do so at your own peril. This was not a ringing endorsement of republican or even of tea party values. It was desperation by independents that lead to the vote.

Exit polls indicate that a plurality of Americans (47%) favor, at worst, leaving Health Care Reform alone while only 40% favor repeal or reversing.

The number one response of ALL voters was "SPEND more money to create jobs [emphasis mine]." The number one concern by far of ALL voters, but especially independents was JOBS.

Constitutional issues were way down on the list.

The tea bag agenda has nothing concerning jobs. And are you going to vote to spend more - even if the public demands it?

Have fun with your 15 minutes!!!

Pelosi has high negatives because of the economy and because of the 24/7/365 efforts by Faux News and others to vilify her starting the moment she took her oath of office.

But, once again, even after all of that, she is still more popular than Boehner.

Spin that
________

Don't have to spin anything. Nancy Pelosi may have a 100% approval rating and Boehner may have a 1% approval rating. The fact of the matter is that polls mean diddly squat. The only thing that matters is the VOTE. She was the Majority leader. Her leadership ended in a huge landslide for Republicans. That's a fact. Democrats have controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency for the past 2 years and people are NOT happy with the way things are going. You are right about one thing. JOBS are the number one concern of people. Guess that's why Nancy spent so much time on Health Care huh? I think you are the one that needs to get their head out of the sand. It may not be a Republican revolution (I never said it was by the way) but it sure isn't an endorsement of Nancy Pelosi or the way Democrats have run the country the past two years.

Posted by: LivinginthePromisedLand | November 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi, former Democrat Speaker of the House also said that the Democrats would retain the House majority. It is a matter of appearance for Obama’s liberal Democrats that Nancy stay on and not retreat when defeated by a Republican majority in the House.

Obama-Pelosi did great harm to the Democrat Party and all the White House and Democrat cabinet saw it coming and deserted the sinking ship as did Chief Democrat Rahm Emanuel. Poor Pelosi still does not understand. Since Nancy said she would drain the swamp, she should be put in charge of House ethics to investigate Democrats Rangel and Waters.

Posted by: klausdmk | November 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLOL!!!!! Good luck with that Nancy Bela-Pelosi!

If the democrats elect her as their minority leader it will be telling the country all it needs to know coming in to the 2012 election.

I honestly hope she is stupid enough to try it and I honestly hope the democrats are stupid enough to elect her. It makes the job in 2012 all that much easier when we sweep this progressive socialist infestation out of government for good.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | November 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLOL!!!!! Good luck with that Nancy Bela-Pelosi!

If the democrats elect her as their minority leader it will be telling the country all it needs to know coming in to the 2012 election.

I honestly hope she is stupid enough to try it and I honestly hope the democrats are stupid enough to elect her. It makes the job in 2012 all that much easier when we sweep this progressive socialist infestation out of government for good.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | November 5, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi, former Democrat Speaker of the House also said that the Democrats would retain the House majority. It is a matter of appearance for Obama’s liberal Democrats that Nancy stay on and not retreat when defeated by a Republican majority in the House.

Obama-Pelosi did great harm to the Democrat Party and all the White House and Democrat cabinet saw it coming and deserted the sinking ship as did Chief Democrat Rahm Emanuel. Poor Pelosi still does not understand. Since Nancy said she would drain the swamp, she should be put in charge of House ethics to investigate Democrats Rangel and Waters.

Posted by: klausdmk | November 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi, former Democrat Speaker of the House also said that the Democrats would retain the House majority. It is a matter of appearance for Obama’s liberal Democrats that Nancy stay on and not retreat when defeated by a Republican majority in the House.

Obama-Pelosi did great harm to the Democrat Party and all the White House and Democrat cabinet saw it coming and deserted the sinking ship as did Chief Democrat Rahm Emanuel. Poor Pelosi still does not understand. Since Nancy said she would drain the swamp, she should be put in charge of House ethics to investigate Democrats Rangel and Waters.

Posted by: klausdmk | November 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

In fairness to Harry Reid, he didn't have a 9 or 10 seat governing majority. It took 60 votes to get legislation past threatened fillibusters.

Posted by: michael1977 | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Stay, Nancy, stay. This is the best gift possible for the GOP. You are one of the two most hated people in America. You will be a perfect symbol for the slaughter of the rest of the Democrats in two years.

If you know the Senate's not going to pass something, why bring it up in the House when you also know it's going to be awfully controversial in these districts that are hard to hold," said Rep. Marshall, the Blue Dog from Georgia who lost.

Marshall and Jim Matheson, D-Utah, say the party needs more centrist leadership, suggesting Speaker Nancy Pelosi should step aside.

"She was certainly an issue in many races, including mine," according to Matheson, the only one of the three Blue Dog co-chairs to survive Tuesday, and only narrowly. "I think there's an argument you gotta shake things up."

Stay, Nancy, stay.

Posted by: alance | November 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Straw2 - OK, man, I think we got it....

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 5, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans hate Pelosi...that's reason enough for Democrats to want her as Minority leader...the wingnuts will just have to chew on their own livers a while longer.

Posted by: Jerryvov | November 5, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The only people who want Pelosi out of the way watch Fox News. Do you really thing the far right would be yelling for Nancy's head if they thought she wasn't effective? Conservatives are just blowing smoke up your (and through their) posterior. Conservatives want Pelosi out of the way because she is one of the biggest obstacles to their threadbare agenda. If Pelosi, Obama and H. Clinton ran for president today, my vote would be for Pelosi.

Posted by: allknowing10 | November 5, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

They should keep Nancy and the House Campaign Committee Chair. Heck of a job Hollen!

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | November 5, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

AFTER a historic defeat and rejection of the Democrat agenda, an agenda led by Obama, Reid and Pelosi ...

The Dems will be led by ... Obama, Reid, and Pelosi !!

Do Dems really have a death wish ? A desire to have America led by a Republican super-majority ?

I'm a conservative.. but I'd like to se a healthy Dem party.. maybe one led by Hillary ? Schumer ? Manchin ?

Where are the adults in the Dem party ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 5, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

More proof that these leftists have no connection to reality. They live in their own fantasy worlds. I say stay in your own fantasy worlds and let others who deal in reality lead in the real world.

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | November 5, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The only people who want Pelosi out of the way watch Fox News. Do you really thing the far right would be yelling for Nancy's head if they thought she wasn't effective? Conservatives are just blowing smoke up your (and through their) posterior. Conservatives want Pelosi out of the way because she is one of the biggest obstacles to their threadbare agenda. If Pelosi, Obama and H. Clinton ran for president today, my vote would be for Pelosi.

Posted by: allknowing10 | November 5, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The only people who want Pelosi out of the way watch Fox News. Do you really thing the far right would be yelling for Nancy's head if they thought she wasn't effective? Conservatives are just blowing smoke up your (and through their) posterior. Conservatives want Pelosi out of the way because she is one of the biggest obstacles to their threadbare agenda. If Pelosi, Obama and H. Clinton ran for president today, my vote would be for Pelosi.

Posted by: allknowing10 | November 5, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The only people who want Pelosi out of the way watch Fox News. Do you really thing the far right would be yelling for Nancy's head if they thought she wasn't effective? Conservatives are just blowing smoke up your (and through their) posterior. Conservatives want Pelosi out of the way because she is one of the biggest obstacles to their threadbare agenda. If Pelosi, Obama and H. Clinton ran for president today, my vote would be for Pelosi.

Posted by: allknowing10 | November 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

She lost 61 seats, for crying out loud, Capehart! As for Robinson's whining about how unfairly she is treated, she is no shrinking violet. She gives way better than she gets.

Please keep front and center the poster child for polarized politics. I hope she is the minority leader right up to November 2012. She doesn't listen; she is shrill; she is mean-spirited. And, yes, she is able to get votes to commit political suicide. What a resume!

If the lesson is lost on you guys, then you deserve what's what coming down the pike.

You folks are no better than the purists on the tea party side.

Posted by: jpfann | November 5, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The only people who want Pelosi out of the way watch Fox News. Do you really thing the far right would be yelling for Nancy's head if they thought she wasn't effective? Conservatives are just blowing smoke up your (and through their) posterior. Conservatives want Pelosi out of the way because she is one of the biggest obstacles to their threadbare agenda. If Pelosi, Obama and H. Clinton ran for president today, my vote would be for Pelosi.

Posted by: allknowing10 | November 5, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

AFTER a historic defeat and rejection of the Democrat agenda, an agenda led by Obama, Reid and Pelosi ...

The Dems will be led by ... Obama, Reid, and Pelosi !!

Do Dems really have a death wish ? A desire to have America led by a Republican super-majority ?

I'm a conservative.. but I'd like to se a healthy Dem party.. maybe one led by Hillary ? Schumer ? Manchin ?

Where are the adults in the Dem party ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi: House minority leader

How sweet a headline. Sort like a kodak moment or think about the Mastercard commercial.

Posted by: sales7 | November 5, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

why is it that the party of "government doesn't create jobs" is gloating over voters blaming the party in power for not creating jobs, and the party of spend less is gloating over voters upset that government didn't spend more to create jobs? Pelosi is right, they lost because the economy is in the tank, and voters, irrationally or not, always blame the party in power. It wasn't health reform, which, as noted by others, most voters don't want repealed.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 5, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

why is it that the party of "government doesn't create jobs" is gloating over voters blaming the party in power for not creating jobs, and the party of spend less is gloating over voters upset that government didn't spend more to create jobs? Pelosi is right, they lost because the economy is in the tank, and voters, irrationally or not, always blame the party in power. It wasn't health reform, which, as noted by others, most voters don't want repealed.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 5, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

why is it that the party of "government doesn't create jobs" is gloating over voters blaming the party in power for not creating jobs, and the party of spend less is gloating over voters upset that government didn't spend more to create jobs? Pelosi is right, they lost because the economy is in the tank, and voters, irrationally or not, always blame the party in power. It wasn't health reform, which, as noted by others, most voters don't want repealed.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

why is it that the party of "government doesn't create jobs" is gloating over voters blaming the party in power for not creating jobs, and the party of spend less is gloating over voters upset that government didn't spend more to create jobs? Pelosi is right, they lost because the economy is in the tank, and voters, irrationally or not, always blame the party in power. It wasn't health reform, which, as noted by others, most voters don't want repealed.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

the only people who want Nancy are short-sighted progressives and the hard right.
When you look at the last 4 years, and especially the last 2, Pelosi failed at her job. One major piece of legislation, and a number of smaller pieces. She's too much of a 'fighter' and 'owner', unwilling to give when a small change would gain so much more. She'd be completely ineffective as minority leader, just making noise and forcing party-line votes, which is exactly what the President doesn't need.

Pres. Obama needs to be in a position where he can step up and be the leader, not just the face/blame-source, for the Democratic Party and with Pelosi running the Dems in the house, he'll be unable to be that. He'll be prevented from working with the Republicans and making any show of 'bi-partisanship change' which is what got him elected in the first place - motivating the youth for that idea. And without it, they'll stay home in 2012 and we'll have a Republican president.

Nancy's served her time and it's time to pass the baton to someone else who can lead anew. In business, the first thing I tell all my new managers is that when they decide that they are indispensible, it's time for them to find a new job.

Posted by: MadiganT | November 5, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

the only people who want Nancy are short-sighted progressives and the hard right.
When you look at the last 4 years, and especially the last 2, Pelosi failed at her job. One major piece of legislation, and a number of smaller pieces. She's too much of a 'fighter' and 'owner', unwilling to give when a small change would gain so much more. She'd be completely ineffective as minority leader, just making noise and forcing party-line votes, which is exactly what the President doesn't need.

Pres. Obama needs to be in a position where he can step up and be the leader, not just the face/blame-source, for the Democratic Party and with Pelosi running the Dems in the house, he'll be unable to be that. He'll be prevented from working with the Republicans and making any show of 'bi-partisanship change' which is what got him elected in the first place - motivating the youth for that idea. And without it, they'll stay home in 2012 and we'll have a Republican president.

Nancy's served her time and it's time to pass the baton to someone else who can lead anew. In business, the first thing I tell all my new managers is that when they decide that they are indispensible, it's time for them to find a new job.

Posted by: MadiganT | November 5, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

why is it that the party of "government doesn't create jobs" is gloating over voters blaming the party in power for not creating jobs, and the party of spend less is gloating over voters upset that government didn't spend more to create jobs? Pelosi is right, they lost because the economy is in the tank, and voters, irrationally or not, always blame the party in power. It wasn't health reform, which, as noted by others, most voters don't want repealed.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

LivinginthePromisedLand - Well, you brought up popularity, dude... If it didn't matter why did you throw it out there????????

Anyway, I hope you and "Orange" Boehner and all the rest of your ilk continue to believe that "the only thing that matters is the VOTE."

You are about to find out that there is a big difference between being in the minority and making noise and being handed the responsibility of power. When you are in the minority you can tolerate John Birch crack pots like Beck and Palin and even elected ones like Bachman.

Now you will be held responsible for what happens.

The only thing Boehner has said in the last 4 months that was mature - between the crying jags - was how the voters did not embrace you they are just gving you a second chance.

The voters have expectations and most of those expectations have the word "JOB" in them. They also like Health Care Reform.

Once more: IGNORE THE VOTERS AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

And this I am certain you will because you are too arrogant to do otherwise

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | November 5, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Glad she is not retiring, like most who hang around to long, they end up screwing things up. This should assure that Obama will not get his second term. More Dem seats will go down as Nancy and Harry become the Tea party targets again. I can only hope she runs for President someday.

Posted by: broady | November 5, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

In 2008, I was very disappointed when Pelosi was elected majority leader because I thought that in the interest of bipartisanship, a less polarizing person would have been a better choice. Two years later, I have nothing but respect for Pelosi and gratitude for her willingness to push through health care and financial reform bills that most Americans favor despite the fact that it would obviously make her a political target for the right. These legislative successes came to pass largely because of Pelosi; Obama and Reid were just along for the ride.

In 2010, there is no reason for Democrats to factor the goal of bipartisanship into the decision on who should be selected minority It takes two to tango and Republicans have made it very clear that they don't like to dance.

Since there is no hope of working with House Republicans in the next session of Congress, the only question House Democrats need to ask themselves in selecting a minority leader is who is the person most capable of working against them.

Glad to have you back Nancy! Go get 'em!

Posted by: exco | November 5, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

From up here in Canda, this is quite funny.
When our conservatives got us in financial troubles back in the 90s, we gave them a whipping and kept them out of ofice for over 12 years.
And some people are happy to elect back the same yahoos that got them in this mess the first place.
Why are white underpaid or unemployed,with no medical insurance voters so eager to vote for a party that would deny them basic medical coverage and agianst the party that gave them access to medical services?
Democrats are identified with union,but if you are an average working man,would you want to be paid your worth,or paid crums to increase the margin of shareholders?
Republicans are opposed to raising the minmum wage,yet they complain when illegals cross over to fill these jobs that Americans cannot afford to take?
I never seen anyone shoot themselves in the foot so bad, then be happy and proud of it

Posted by: marioliggi | November 5, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi don't play. She is the real Mama Grizzly (not these fake Weak Tea Baggers with no substance or brains for that matter). I support Nancy P cause she gets things done and will deliver. You go Nancy! Thanks for all you have done and will do!!!

Posted by: sunnyside1 | November 5, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi don't play. She is the real Mama Grizzly (not these fake Weak Tea Baggers with no substance or brains for that matter). I support Nancy P cause she gets things done and will deliver. You go Nancy! Thanks for all you have done and will do!!!

Posted by: sunnyside1 | November 5, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

This is the best news the Republicians are likely to hear for some time. By the time Pelosi is finished the Democrat house will be reduced to the loonie left from California, New York and New England and the thugs from Chicago. And my degree of confidence that the thugs from Chicago will survive is not all that high.

Posted by: jdonner2 | November 5, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is now connected with losing big. If the Democrats keep her in a position of power they are ruining any chances they have of success. Go for it please.

Posted by: bobbo2 | November 5, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, Eugene, Colby, Bobby Herbert and Chuckie Blow...Barry's cheerleading squad shows the 'ol team spirit in the face of a blowout defeat.

Don't change a thing, guys! We'll see you in 2012.

Posted by: jd5024 | November 5, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Denial, arrogance anf afailure. All in one perfect shriveled up hag of a package.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 5, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Denial, arrogance and failure. All in one perfect shriveled up hag of a package.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 5, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Denial, arrogance and failure. All in one perfect shriveled up hag of a package.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 5, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi's popularity is seven percent. That is right seven, (7) percent.

With 93 percent of Americans disliking her, Ms. Pelosi presses on.

I think the GOP knows a gift when they see it.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | November 5, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

She's losing her job not because she does it poorly but because she does it so well. Who in the world is going to believe that? Let's see. If your tone deaf to the American people your a success? If you help Obama force health care down the throats of the people, your a success? If you help Obama force all Americans to buy health care against our wills, thats success? If you keep the details of health care from the eyes of the people thats success? If you cause House Democrats to retire and lose elections thats successful? If you protect Charley Rangel knowing full well of the charges thats successful? If you twist arms, strong arm the Democrats, threatened to hold back campaign funding to pass health care thats successful? If you remain in a state of denial and have no regrets for changing the map after the elections thats successful. If you repeat the same tired old social justice crap you did before the elections thats successful. If after hearing Pelosi speak her Democrats wants her to remain minority leader, their jobs are on the line next.

Posted by: houstonian | November 6, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey, real Americans. Let's just sit back and watch this arrogant, self-serving, idealogue self destruct.,,,,,,,Oh, ok!

Posted by: barrysal | November 6, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

She and Obama are not satisfied that they have almost destroyed the Democratic party so they want another crack at it. Whoever votes for Pelosi can count on getting kicked to the curb in 2012. In the meantime Nancy will provide us wth lots of ammunition and comedic moments as the botox melts and she alienates more and more of Middle America- the people that she & her radicals spit on...

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 6, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking, and the only person I can think off worse than nancy pelosi, is brett favre. Both are obnoxious, self centered egomanics, who crave attention, and seeing themselves on tv. Nancy and brett, now that would be a good team.
In the world of politics pelosi is a brett favre, in sports brett favre is a nancy pelosi. Will they have a press conference together?

Posted by: davidtrottier2002 | November 6, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi and Obama think we are all Homer Simpsons. Reid does not have the capacity to think. The REAL Homer Simpsons are Obama, Pelosi and Reid. They STILL do not get it that Americans went to the polls Tuesday and voted out the progressive/communist agenda. Pelosi no longer has a majority she can coerce into doing her bad deeds for Obama. Let her be the minority leader. The dems will have very few if any in congress after 2012. They are killing themselves!

Posted by: annnort | November 6, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Republican here.

There is no question she was better than any Speaker or any other party leader of any party in maintaining party discipline. She's friggin' tough as nails, even after she lost Murtha, her right-hand man. But, as others have noted, her approval rating is below abysmal. Democrats must recognize she is an albatross. To keep her as party leader is potentially political suicide.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | November 8, 2010 4:00 AM | Report abuse

Capehart's most significant comments are those questioning why Harry Reid should stay on as leader of the Democrats in the Senate. He's absolutely right. Reid should go--along with Pelosi. They are now the leaders of a discredited, losing team. Time to change coaches.

Posted by: tbarksdl | November 8, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

After the election, this is the best Republicans could hope for. I look forward to having Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi as the faces of the Democrat party for the next two years.

Posted by: cornax | November 8, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Nancy should stay because she has been the best speaker of either party since at least Tip O'Neil. Reid only if he has developed some guts. A number of commenters think this is a popularity contest, it is but only within the Democratic causus. BTW, someone tell the Republicans the only won a Midterm election, it doesn't give them control of anything except the house and that won't get their bills even onto the floor in the Senate, never mind passed. All this posturing is so tedious, but I suppose it continues the tea party delusion.

Posted by: samson1 | November 8, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats are insane to put Pelosi back in that role. She is an unyielding doctinaire liberal with little sense of humor. Plus she is dense as a brick. If they want to win in 2012 they are going about it in a strange way by keeping Pelosi and Reid as their faces in the Congress.

Posted by: jkk1943 | November 8, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi deserves a rich reward, an appointment ambassador to an area where she has considerable experience: Syria. Her unauthorised visit to that country sure showed how deficient Bush's leadership was. President Assad could not wait to proclaim his peaceful intentions and desire for peace with Israel, which is why his intelligence service has been fingered with responsibiity for murdering Lebanese leaders.

Posted by: sailhardy | November 8, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi deserves a rich reward, an appointment ambassador to an area where she has considerable experience: Syria. Her unauthorised visit to that country sure showed how deficient Bush's leadership was. President Assad could not wait to proclaim his peaceful intentions and desire for peace with Israel, which is why his intelligence service has been fingered with responsibiity for murdering Lebanese leaders.

Posted by: sailhardy | November 8, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi led the way to reform and it was her House, which got the bills passed!
You would never find Nancy campaigning with a Nazi sympathiser like the soon to be majority speaker, John Boehner, who so publically and proudly campaigned for an Ohio Congressman who on the week-ends likes to dress up as a Nazi, a symbol for white supremacy. Has the GOP Congress sunk to a new low?

Come on America, it is time to get off the "yellow-brick road" and realize that it is Everyday, average Americans that shoulder the tax burden in this country, due to tax loopholes and tax breaks for wealthy Americans and Corporations. Every time corporations and smaller businesses get tax breaks, guess where the taxes rise? Locally and at state levels. Why in the world would Wealthy Americans need more tax breaks when they pay very little taxes anyway, they need to pay their fair share and take the burden off those who can least afford it. These tax-cuts will cost this country $700 Billion, twice the cost of the Healthcare bill. GOP hate to extend unemployment benefits to Americans who desperately need them, yet violently fight to extend tax cuts for the wealthy, who do not need them.

In regards to Healthcare Reform, the health premiums one would pay would be a LOT LESS if it were to become universal. Prescription medicines would become more affordable! And no one would be denied health coverage due to a pre-conceived condition.... , Come on people, we got to get Smarter and wiser here!

Why in the world, would GOP want to elect a speaker, in John Boehner, who so publically and proudly campaigned for an Ohio Congressman who on the week-ends likes to dress up as a Nazi, a symbol for white supremacy. Has the GOP Congress sunk to a new low?


Posted by: wdsoulplane | November 8, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"She's losing her job not because she does it poorly but because she does it so well...."

Pelosi was a victim of her own success in the same way that Ted Bundy and other criminal mega-egos were victims of their success.

In such cases, their actions were self-centered and unacceptable in such enormity - to so many people - that eventually enough attention was focused on them to successfully bring them down.

Following his conviction, Roeder Scott, killer of late-term abortion doctor George R. Tiller, was unrepentant and viewed himself as a success, as did many zealots of his ilk. Most Americans of course do not.

Following her massive election losses, Nancy Pelosi, champion of “the government knows better than you do” school of thought, is unrepentant and views herself as a success, as do many of her ilk. Most Americans of course do not – and have said so.

To deem the accomplishments of these people "success" is indeed a poor characterization.

If Nancy really were successful, the Democrats would still have the House. That could be called success.

Posted by: tomj5 | November 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi will return the House to a Democratic majority in 2010.

Count on it.

Now let's replace Reid with Schumer and start kicking some Republican b*tt!

Posted by: paul65 | November 5, 2010 2:59 PM
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Boy!!!!

DemocRATS ARE REALLY DUMB, AIN't THEM?

Hey Stoopid.

It's 2010 you idiot.


2012 will be worse for them.

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Posted by: ahartnack | November 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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