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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Nancy Pelosi to hold the line on GOP and Obama

By Jonathan Capehart

The Atlantic Wire compiles the range of opinions on Nancy Pelosi remaining the leader of House Democrats. Some folks aren't happy that Pelosi is staying put after being the face of Democratic defeat in the midterm elections. I'm in the camp that believes Pelosi is the perfect leader for the minority -- for the same reasons she was an excellent leader while in the majority. She is focused and has a spine of steel, which will be essential in battling an emboldened Republican Party.

But Politico highlights another valid reason why Pelosi is right to remain as leader. She is there to stiffen the resolve of President Obama on issues important to the Democratic caucus. Remember when Obama made noises about scaling back his ambitions on health-care reform after the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) diminished his party's filibuster-proof majority? It was Pelosi who urged the president to forge ahead, especially after her members had already cast the hard votes they knew could spell doom for them at the ballot box.

So, while Pelosi's job as minority leader is to hold the line on the GOP, her job is to also hold the line on a White House that might throw key party policy objectives under the bus.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 18, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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But don't forget to whine that there is no bipartisanship in the House. Those evil Republicans refuse to agree with the Democratic party policy objectives.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | November 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

well she bragged on national tv about starting her work week on tuesday and ending it on friday after lunch.

she charged 100k worth of booze to the tax payer over the last two years.

Sure, focused... you mean drunk and lazy.

Posted by: docwhocuts | November 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Those EVIL Republicans refuse to agree with the Democratic party policy objectives.

Posted by: kitchendragon50


Guess you forgot these same EVIL REPUBLICAN gave us our current economic depression
then handed out the Bonuses to those that did it.

Sometimes on the floor of the House


Posted by: vettesport | November 18, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is necessary because between she and Obama, there's only one set of testicles. And maybe she'll loan them to him for the upcoming fight over Bush's tax cuts for the rich.

Posted by: beterrific | November 18, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Capehart: Pelosi's real role

.........yeah........bringing in all the dirty left-wing money from West LA and San Francisco..........

Posted by: allenridge | November 18, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

If by spine of steel, you mean cutting Republicans out of debate and forcing bill passage through along party lines, well, you are in for a bit of a surprise. Nancy Pelosi, like Obama, no longer has the bulletproof majority that grants the luxury of that kind of arrogance. By being unrepentant and completely ignoring the electorate, Democrats have shot themselves in the foot for 2012, in which a more thorough purging of the progressive left will occur.

Had they been smart and elected new leadership more willing to abandon far left wing dogmatic socialist principles and work with Republicans, well, 2012 may not be as bloody for the D's. But alas, all we have to look forward to is obstinate gridlock in the worn out and dated face of Pelosi. Her negatives will drag the party down with her.

Posted by: Wiggan | November 18, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, you are just another delusional lemming. Do you have access to ANY reports/media other than the WaPo? Seen any "right track/wrong track" data? Do you think the existing "democratic caucus" represents the philosophy, values, and goals of MOST Americans? If one of Pelosi's goals is to insure Obama hews to the left --- amnesty, cap and trade, more health care regulations, greater regulation of just about everything --- she will be the face of Obama's loss in 2012.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 18, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, please do keep FOCUSED on your political and ideological agendas, while ignoring the biggest needs of the American Citizens.

Thank you, Madame Pelosi...

Posted by: wcmillionairre | November 18, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

What a silly article - the Dems in the House are outmanned and can do nothing to stop the GOP from enacting what they want. Pelosi is also hated by most in America and DC, and NOONE will listen to her whining any longer. It was a major mistake by the House minority to re-elect Pelosi as their leader as they will learn again, as they failed to do in the midterms, just how much America hates Pelosi in the 2012 General Elections.

Posted by: Realist201 | November 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Spine of botox.

Posted by: IntelHunter | November 18, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The job that Ms. Pelosi has earned is to represent her Congressional District. That is all.

And if she takes on other work as a party leader that is unofficial work.

THis town is full of con men. Don' try to con a con person.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Considering how the voters reacted to her a few weeks ago, more like Pelosi to hold the line against the American people.

Her only appeal is to the hard core Left.

She'll drag Obama down in 2012, she's the albatross around his neck.

The Pelosi-Obama-Reid agenda won it for Republicans in 2010 and they'll be just as successful running against it in 2012.

Arrogance never learns.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | November 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is just a little more insurance that Liberalism will join communism on the ash heap of history. It's not nice, or smart, to ignore the will of the American people.

Posted by: marknelso | November 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi "to hold the line on GOP and Obama."
If she can do that, she's clearly the "man up" kind of democrat we need to "take our country back."

Posted by: sidneyxtribunejones | November 18, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, you continue to sound like Homer Simpson. Pelosi can do NOTHING! She will not have the majority! In fact, she helped Obama lose the election all across the USA. She is still there to lose the rest of the dems and Obama in 2012.

What you should be doing is checking out George Soros and his threat to get rid of Obama in 2012. Find out what he means by his "one world order." I believe Soros wants us all to be slaves to his billions. He has probably got money behind Pelosi and Hillary. His money is very dirty. CHECK HIM OUT!!

Posted by: annnort | November 18, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised to see so many comments on how unpopular Nancy Pelosi is, without including a statement at the same time that this negative perception is mainly testimony to the power of the attack machine that has been marshaled against her. This is the same apparatus that managed to undercut John Kerry's Vietnam record. Until someone discovers how to counter and disable these kinds of attacks, the only real way to oppose them is TO REFUSE TO KNUCKLE UNDER, which is what the people arguing against Pelosi are asking her to do. So much of what has been used against her consists of code words and innuendos, with no real substance.

Posted by: jbfoster45 | November 18, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

She's important because she's Obama's spine? I'll admit that she has more grit, determination, and leadership skills than ten Obama's but Obama is the leader of all Americans and she is just a leader of part of the minority party.
If Obama's job is to get the Democratic agenda though Congress then he fails as both a leader and a President. American all know that their President wears a "D" or an "R" but expects the executive branch to work with the other branches.
We all expect the President to have his agenda, and surely it will be strongly liberal, but it shouldn't be Nancy's.

Posted by: flyover22 | November 18, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that almost all those drawn to today's GOP/ Republican Party are relatively unaware, and not fully conscious, of the consequences of their actions. It's really only a very tiny number of Republicans who do what they do knowing full well how wrong it is, how wasteful and small-minded.

They seem to want to defend the ultra-rich, at any cost, and conversely, without hesitation throw the poor and the middle-class away as if they are garbage.

This behavior brings to mind the dirt-poor 'peasants' of the middle-ages, who, compltely ignorant and disadvantaged, and knowing no other way of life, for generations defended the very people who brutally kept them in grinding poverty and servitude.

Posted by: StevenK3 | November 18, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

@docwhocuts: You say: "[Nanny Pelosi is] drunk and lazy."

Heh. Any time you can do as much as she can...

Posted by: ExperimentalTheologian | November 18, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"She is there to stiffen the resolve of President Obama on issues important to the Democratic caucus."

Exactly. She can be the bad guy, The Dark Knightess. She's already filling that role with the middle class tax cuts. She told the White House today her caucus is standing firm.

Posted by: mypitts2 | November 18, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Jonathan, I agree that she is there to hold the line; but Harry Reid needs a spine and he needs to stands up to the GOP once in a while. Nancy has done a great job while I am thinking that Mr. Reid is not very helpful to Obama's image.
Hopefully, these "patriotic millionaires" will help Harry remember whose side he is on.

Posted by: paulet | November 18, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are delighted to have Ms. Pelosi continue to have a high level of exposure in the new Congress.

She was the best vote getter we had and look forward to her continuing help in turning voters away from the Democrats and their over reaching bureaucratic nightmares.

Thanks Nancy, we look forward to reaping the rewards of your behaviour in 2012.

Posted by: jstratt2 | November 18, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why should Democrats listen to Republicans telling them what to do? Ridiculous. Most normal people appreciate principled people. DC is directly contrary to what is normal. Most normal people don't approve of anonymous political giving. How is that any different than China or RUssia?

Posted by: citizen625 | November 18, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Democrats lost not because of Pelosi. When the GOP leaders gave hollow slogans in unision repeatedly, there were no rebuttal by the democrats. The President and the party leaders never explained their messages to the people. They ran away from their histrionic legilative successes. The vacuum was filled by the GOP slogans.

Now that the President is about to buckle on the tax cut, Pelosi will be the right person to provide some spinal support.

Posted by: chitta_gangopadhyay | November 18, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

And to think just a few weeks ago Lefties were sneering at the Republican Party as the party of "no".

Now that the votes are in and the Democrats have been thrown on the garbage heap guess who is the party of "no" now?

So go ahead Nancy and the rest of the Communists, put up a big fight, obstruct the People's will right up to the next election so that even more socialists will get run through the shredder.

Posted by: krankyman | November 18, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

From the moderate-right (fiscal conservative, social left-leaning moderate), I thank Jonathan Capehart for finding a way to keep President Obama from winning a second term.
In 2008, Pres. Obama ran on change, and for the non-'progressives', that meant change in government -- doing things differently than how they'd been done in the past number of years. By keeping Nancy in power, she prevents him from keeping that promise in the 2nd half of his term much like he failed in the first half.
He's shown no ability to be a manager or leader, just a voice; and with Nancy forcing him to follow her direction, it will just highlight that lack -- saying he's just a follower of someone strong and not someone you can count on to lead you in a new promised direction.
We'll have 2 more years of the same old thing and in 2012, the youth will once again stay home, no longer believing that things can change.... the charismatic bit won't work twice.

So, again, thanks Jonathan for ensuring a 1-term presidency (unless, of course, Sarah somehow wins the Republican nomination -- but if that happens, we might get a 3rd party or a write-in winner instead)

Posted by: MadiganT | November 18, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Whats Pelosi job? To hold the line on the GOP. How about power. Pelosi tasted how good it felt to force health care down the throats of the people. In fact after Obama signed health care into law, didn't Pelosi say there's more to come. Obama wants Pelosi right where she is because Pelosi is more tone deaf to the people then Obama is and Obama knows Pelosi will take into account his social justice agenda over the wishes of the people just like she did prior to the elections. Pelosi is part of the left wing of the party. All she believes in, is forcing Obama's social justice agenda down our throats and thats Pelosi's only job. To help Obama change our fundamentals and transform this country to socialism.

Posted by: houstonian | November 18, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't just hate nancy..I love to hate's easy.. like drinking fruity haterade.. Obama has met the enemy.. his achilles heel.. the siege usually ends with a mutiny amongst those on the inside of the castle walls.. hail ms. pelosi..

Fear not Rome..for the head of the snake likes in Naples.

Posted by: newbeeboy | November 25, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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