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Pelosi sticks to it

By Ruth Marcus

I'm not the biggest Nancy Pelosi fan around -- and I'm certainly not a charter member of the fan club like my colleague Gene Robinson -- but I think there's something impressive in her decision not to fade away in the aftermath of what was, from her point of view, a disastrous election.

After you've had the speakership, with all the power and attention, the temptation would be to chuck it all, stay home and eat bon-bons -- or, in Pelosi's case, Ghirardelli chocolates. That's what Newt Gingrich did in 1998 (after his party lost a measly five seats and he faced a rebellion in the ranks). It's what Denny Hastert did in 2006. (He left the leadership and quit for good in mid-2007 after his party lost the majority.) Heck, Sarah Palin quit even without losing, just when she got sorta bored with being governor. So I don't know if Pelosi is the best face for Democrats, or if she will face a challenge for the position of minority leader. But you've got to give her credit: She doesn't stop fighting.

By Ruth Marcus  | November 5, 2010; 1:24 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"? Even Gov. Palin only has 49% negatives (she didn't quit because she was bored).

Keep "sticking to it" Pelosi. maybe you can get to ZERO % approval rating!

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 5, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

That's what Mugabe is doing in Zimbabwe for years. He keeps fighting to stay in power. To me Pelosi's behavior shows that she just doesn't care about what Americans think. Americans and many Democrats have said enough with Pelosi and she just keeps holding onto her power. I am glad we live in a Democracy and not in Zimbabwe, where Pelosi would have acted like Mugabe.

Posted by: trumeau | November 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

JakeD2, I'm not a big Pelosi fan myself, but nonetheless quite a bit has has been achieved/ (Or in your mind) damage has been done all while the Republican Nimrods were jumping down her throat.

Isn't that the job of a leader?

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | November 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Whether you agree with her policies or not, I am hard pressed to think of any politician - Republican or Democrat - who possesses the skills to rally their caucus around legislation that they did not have a hand in crafting and was thought to be political suicide (even though it wasn't).

I do think this is a courageous move - and completely democratic (little d). If her caucus doesn't want her as leader, they won't vote for her.

Posted by: johnhunsaker4 | November 5, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

If Congress were a business, Pelosi's disastrous "leadership" would have forced her to "seek other opportunities for employment."
The woman has no shame ! (Neither does Ruth Marcus)

Posted by: tjmacdonald | November 5, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi acting like Robert Mugabe? Get a grip!

Posted by: johnhunsaker4 | November 5, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Leadership is about building commitment to goals. Who can say she didn't do that? Except of course among Republicans whose only goal is to win elections and let corporations rape and pillage America. They were never going to agree with anything she did. They are very disingenuous.

Posted by: johnhunsaker4 | November 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The Last Supper for Madame Speaker coming up.

Another former friend of the Messiah that will be discarded and thrown under the bus.

Now that you are a useful scapegoat and you are not a useful tool.

Your cheerleading for a 70 year old was impressive but the LEADER (there is only one Barack, plenty of elderly white liberal worker women believers to the cause) is so much more important.

Why!? because He and his minions say so...

Posted by: adamnescot1 | November 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Last supper? Minions? What's wrong, the real world not enough for you? What is that post supposed to mean anyway?

Posted by: johnhunsaker4 | November 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Her continuence as leader of the House Democrats is the best news Republicians will receive for the foreseable future. I just hope she keeps her mug on TV and her mouth flapping full time as usual. It has got to be worth another ten to twenty House seats in 2012.

Posted by: jdonner2 | November 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"But you've got to give her credit: She doesn't stop fighting."

Fighting for what? Is this a fight that is going to bring the House Democrats back to the majority? Or is it just to maintain her status?

Posted by: publius1 | November 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"But you've got to give her credit: She doesn't stop fighting."

Fighting for what? Is this a fight that is going to bring the House Democrats back to the majority? Or is it just to maintain her status?

Posted by: publius1 | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Leaving aside the Republican imagination, it is hard to see the argument that the Democrat's problems are the result of anyone's particularly irresponsible behavior. There is no obvious reason why Nancy Pelosi's departure would improve the Democrat's fortunes. There are people like Howard Dean that the Democratic Party would be better off without. But Nancy Pelosi is not one of them. If the majority of her colleagues still want her as leader, she could easily turn out to be the most effective choice.

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

As a Loyal Democrat (used to be a Republican):

I say KEEP PELOSI !!!

She is worth her weight in gold as a female foil to the likes of Palin, O’Donnell, and those other Republican screwball women.

Conservatives can't stand intelligence from any quarter. That's why they watch FOX, Limbaugh, et al.

I intend to let my Democratic Reps know my preference

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

Steny Hoyer should get the nod as Minority Leader. Pelosi is enormously unpopular (unfairly so, for the most part) with the average American voter. Symbolism has real meaning in politics, and the symbolism of moving Pelosi out would be good for the Democratic Party.

Posted by: balt21212 | November 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Leaving aside the Republican imagination, it is hard to see the argument that the Democrat's problems are the result of anyone's particularly irresponsible behavior. There is no obvious reason why Nancy Pelosi's departure would improve the Democrat's fortunes. There are people like Howard Dean that the Democratic Party would be better off without. But Nancy Pelosi is not one of them. If the majority of her colleagues still want her as leader, she could easily turn out to be the most effective choice.

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

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

As a Loyal Democrat (used to be a Republican):

I say KEEP PELOSI !!!

She is worth her weight in gold as a female foil to the likes of Palin, O’Donnell, and those other Republican screwball women.

Conservatives can't stand intelligence from any quarter. That's why they watch FOX, Limbaugh, et al.

I intend to let my Democratic Reps know my preference

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

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Just keep track of who votes for this radical botoxed crazy witch and then we boot them out too in 2012..... YES WE CAN - GET RID OF THEM ALL !!! YES WE CAN !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse


"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"? Even Gov. Palin only has 49% negatives (she didn't quit because she was bored).

Keep "sticking to it" Pelosi. maybe you can get to ZERO % approval rating!

Palin quit because she's a greedy, sleezy, disgusting pinheaded moron. Pelosi actually fights for people.

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


"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"? Even Gov. Palin only has 49% negatives (she didn't quit because she was bored).

Keep "sticking to it" Pelosi. maybe you can get to ZERO % approval rating!

Palin quit because she's a greedy, sleezy, disgusting pinheaded moron. Pelosi actually fights for people.

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

Just keep track of who votes for this radical botoxed crazy witch and then we boot them out too in 2012..... YES WE CAN - GET RID OF THEM ALL !!! YES WE CAN !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

As a Loyal Democrat (used to be a Republican):

I say KEEP PELOSI !!!

She is worth her weight in gold as a female foil to the likes of Palin, O’Donnell, and those other Republican screwball women.

Conservatives can't stand intelligence from any quarter. That's why they watch FOX, Limbaugh, et al.

I intend to let my Democratic Reps know my preference

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

Just keep track of who votes for this radical botoxed crazy witch and then we boot them out too in 2012..... YES WE CAN - GET RID OF THEM ALL !!! YES WE CAN !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Just keep track of who votes for this radical botoxed crazy witch and then we boot them out too in 2012..... YES WE CAN - GET RID OF THEM ALL !!! YES WE CAN !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 5, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative. Keep Pelosi. She's grown on me in a perverse kind of way. You could drive a wooden stake through her heart and she wouldn't admit she was dead.

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

Just what we need: More Nancy Pelosi fighting.

Posted by: bruce18 | November 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The gift that keeps on giving!!

Republican landslide in 2012.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | November 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative. Keep Pelosi. She's grown on me in a perverse kind of way. You could drive a wooden stake through her heart and she wouldn't admit she was dead.

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

Republicans are crackpot crazy. Defecate on their heads from an upper balcony, tell them that it's manna from heaven and then yell loudly about tax cuts and sticking it to the "elitists" and "welfare cheats" and you've got the 100% of the cretin vote. More cost-effective medical care for more people? Who wants that? Tax cuts!!!! Financial Reform? What dat? Tax cuts!!!! Equality for all citizens? Say what??? Drill, baby, drill!!!! We've just dug you out of a deep recessionary hole dug by the retards in the Republican party? Dat wat we want!!! Stick it to the elitiiiiiiiiiiists!!!!!! A dumber, more easily manipulated bunch you couldn't possibly think up in your wildest imaginings.

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

The gift that keeps on giving!!

Republican landslide in 2012.

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

You go girl!!!

Posted by: bertzel | November 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is worth her weight in Gold - to the Republican Party that is. The absolute last thing the Democrats need to do is put her up as Minority Leader. Her negatives are through the roof, and her standing up and saying she has 'no regrets' and that her Speakership has led to cutting the federal deficit is just laughable.

Democrats voting her in as minority leader would be like lemmings following her right off a cliff.

Posted by: dhbarr | November 5, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It might be true that Nancy Pelosi is not the best face for the Democrats to put forward, however, I actually heard professional punditry say on Morning Joe (Scarborough) today that they do not think Republicans even have a plan for job creation. I read a reply to a column where a reader posited that the job creation plan for Republicans consists of tax cuts and repeal of the "onerous and burdensome" (to business) Obamacare. Unless existing stimulus works and/or "alienated" business begin to invest more heavily in the economy, Republicans are going to have to come up with a more substantive plan. The point being that Republicans may very well be setting the stage for the dramatic return of Nancy Pelosi as majority leader in 2012.

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

Republicans are crackpot crazy. Defecate on their heads from an upper balcony, tell them that it's manna from heaven and then yell loudly about tax cuts and sticking it to the "elitists" and "welfare cheats" and you've got the 100% of the cretin vote. More cost-effective medical care for more people? Who wants that? Tax cuts!!!! Financial Reform? What dat? Tax cuts!!!! Equality for all citizens? Say what??? Drill, baby, drill!!!! We've just dug you out of a deep recessionary hole dug by the retards in the Republican party? Dat wat we want!!! Stick it to the elitiiiiiiiiiiists!!!!!! A dumber, more easily manipulated bunch you couldn't possibly think up in your wildest imaginings.

Posted by: chert | November 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want about Pelosi, but she laid it on the line for Obama and his push for healthcare. And she delivered the votes needed. She got it done.

Too bad the Dems could not get their message out. Who doesn't think that the cost of health care is insane, premiums go up and up for less and less coverage.
It is a monumental piece of legislation that will be standing decades from now.

Posted by: bookworm333 | November 5, 2010 4:46 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 ? after 2012 ?

I'm a conservative.. but I'd like to see a healthy Dem opposition party.. maybe one led by a Hillary-Schumer-Manchin-Hoyer team ?

Where are the adults in the Dem party ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 5, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

She's hideous and ridiculous.

But at least we don't have to worry anymore about her being two heartbeats from the presidency. That thought was downright terrifying.

Posted by: thebump | November 5, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

pvilso2 @ 4:55, I have a couple of questions/comments regarding your post.

First, what the the spread between the Congressional candidate who won in your district and the candidate who lost? If it was like most districts, it was probably a few percentage points. If something like 5.2 voters in 10 used their vote to express dissatisfaction with the Democratic agenda and 4.8 voters in 10 used there vote to express satisfaction, is that really a "historic defeat and rejection of the Democratic agenda"? If the numbers were 7 to 3, I'd buy the argument, but even in my very Republican district, that's not what the numbers looked like at all.

Second, do you honestly think that political climate in the US would have been any different during the past two years if Hillary Clinton had been elected instead of Obama? The people who have invested a great deal of time and money since 2008 painting Obama as an illegal-alien-Muslim-socialist who Real Americans should hate are the same people who spent a great deal of time and money in 1993 selling Hillary Clinton as a murder co-conspirator-embezzler-socialist who all Real Americans should hate. The common denominator, of course, is that Clinton in 1993 and Obama in 2009 were actively seeking to enact health care reform.

The fact is, many Democrats chose Obama over Clinton in the 2008 primary precisely because we assumed that a Clinton presidency stir up too much old animosity between the parties. We wanted to avoid political gridlock and thought that Republicans would be less inclined to devote themselves to the utter, total destruction of an Obama Administration. It's clear in retrospect that the joke was on us.

Finally, I share your opinion that as long as we continue to use the two-party model, it is in all of our interest that both political parties be healthy and stable. However, might I suggest that the party that should concern us is not the Democratic Party? The Republicans won the 2010 election by entering into a suicide pact with the Tea Party that could easily destroy the party. My guess is that if you were to ask John Boehner which scenario gives him more heart burn, Michele Bachmann as Majority Whip or Nancy Pelosi as Minority Leader, his honest answer would be the Bachmann scenario. And then there's the Palin problem. What's to be done with a woman who is so good at energizing the Republican base and such a bad choice for the Party's presidential nomination?

Posted by: exco | November 5, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, Nancy Pelosi has been one of the most effective Speakers in history.
On a par with Sam Rayburn.
(Of course, the corporate repeater nuts commenting on this website likely don't know who he was.)
I'm all for Pelosi for Minority Leader.
Hide and watch.
Every piece of legislation affecting the American middle class will be on target for slaughter, including the Consumer Credit legislation.
Watch what John Boehner emphacizes on his watch.
It'll be all about multi-national corporations masquerading as "small businesses".
They won't get much accomplished, except a bunch of legislation which will send the budget deficit into orbit.
Because they just want to see the Senate refuse to consider their legislation and/or President Obama veto their legislation.
All he has to do is append a message:
"How do you intend to pay for this?"
Over and over again.
Keep your eye on Boehner while he's on the floor.
He loves to pass out checks from lobbyists on his side of the aisle.
He's infamous for doing that.
Go, Nancy!

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | November 5, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Time to give Mr. Hoyer a shot. He has earned it. Several times, in fact.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 5, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree, thank goodness Pelosi is not 2 heartbeats from the presidency!! She is the best insurance republicans can have that republicans will take the rest of the house in 2012. The majority of the country detests that woman. She certainly does not deserve a leadership role. She just cost the house 60 democrat votes!! Her "astro-turf" turned the tide. This time, Pelosi will be unable to ram Obama rules through!!

Posted by: annnort | November 5, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

After listening to Boehner and Cantor for a couple of weeks those independents who voted Republican are going to need healthcare. At least Nancy is talking about the absolute importance of preserving a middle class in this country. This is not wild eyed socialism, it's good economic policy.

Posted by: Tess6 | November 5, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi doesn't present herself very well to TV audiences, and she made the mistake of making herself the lead Democratic partisan on TV, rather than having Majority Leader Steny Hoyer be the main face of the party on TV.

Most Americans don't even know who the current House majority leader is, as a result. But too many people have painted a bull's eye on Pelosi.

She really needs to step back and allow someone else -- like Steny Hoyer -- to be the Democrats' leader in the House. This isn't a good time for her ego to rule her brain.

Posted by: Kathy8 | November 5, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The question is, can anybody actually suggest a member of the House better equipped to draw the minority wagons into a circle, and organize a defensive game? If not, then all this ragging on Nancy is so much useless name-calling. I've never particularly liked her, especially since her shameful performance in denying having been briefed about Bush's torture operation. Nevertheless I find myself admiring her decision. She shows she's willing to take either end of the stick, and also that she believes in and stands by what she helped do to reform health care, and that voters will eventually see the benefits of what was done. Maybe the Democratic caucus won't install her as Minority Leader. It seems premature at this point to crow about her unpopularity.

Posted by: fzdybel | November 5, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi did what she was supposed to do as Speaker. She was good at her job and deserves to remain as minority leader.

Posted by: chlind | November 6, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi kept on fighting, for what?, for her own power. This self-proclaimed "swamp drainer", has presided over one of the most corrupt, foul smelling swamps, ever to occupy the sacred halls of Congress. Now, THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN, and have relegated this self-serving, pompous lady to minority status in Congress.

She was told that the people didn't have enough bread to eat, and she said "LET THEM EAT CAKE"! Now she is being served up a platter of "humble pie", but is too self-serving to know how to be gracious.

WE REMEMBERED IN NOVEMBER.

Posted by: barrysal | November 6, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi has been relegated to "minority status" by the American People. She was told that the people didn't have enough bread to eat, and she said "LET THEM EAT CAKE!". Now she is being served up a plate of "humble pie", but in her craving for holding on to power, she doesn't know how to be gracious.

ON NOVEMBER 2, "WE THE PEOPLE", the real owners of this country gave her her "majority walking papers".

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

WE REMEMBERED IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | November 6, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

another arrogant,crooked hill lifer.when will american CITIZENS start understanding these people are dangerous to the country.staying in office and catering to their special interests are the only priority.

Posted by: pofinpa | November 6, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

another arrogant,crooked hill lifer.when will american CITIZENS start understanding these people are dangerous to the country.staying in office and catering to their special interests are the only priority.

Posted by: pofinpa | November 6, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

If she reported the outcome of the elections and took responsiblity for ignoring their ultimate employer the voting public when the public clearly indicated they would not accept the legislation or the way the bills were being sheilded from debate and offered to resign. If you assume she has done this and the party wants to keep her as head of the minority this is and internal matter. If I were to read the tea leaves I would say this is where they arrogantly disagree with the decision of the voting public and decide to fight any change to the laws they have passed and wait out the election result expecting recharge and rebound in 2012 after having blocked the Conservatives and with the original adjenda still in place. The old fight was to protect the lobbyists and socialize Healthcare, the new fight is to control the members and prevent defections which might provide overriding majorities. Neither has much to do with what the voting public see as the main issue of the day. Nothing changes with the Democratic party.

Posted by: almorganiv | November 6, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

A message to my fellow Democrats: You have to be deluded to the point of outright mental illness to view Pelosi's run for re-election in terms of her personal courage and standing tall behind the Democrats' legislative accomplishments. The American people just repudiated the Democrats, for crying out loud. This is a democracy. You have to have a product sound enough to withstand the onslaught from the opposition, no matter how unfair, and you have to have the skills to sell it in the face of withering attack. Pelosi, Obama, and the Democrats failed on all counts.

Pelosi should be re-elected ONLY if she learns to take seriously her role as a leading spokesman for the Democratic Party, not just leader of House Democrats. Or to put it more bluntly, she is a salesman who has to fashion a sales pitch for an audience that is, at best, highly skeptical, and more likely, outright hostile. Preaching to the choir with sarcasm and one-line zingers will not suffice. Of course, you must first have a product that is sound and that people will want to buy. That product cannot be just something that wows the liberals of San Francisco.

Can Pelosi remake herself to play the necessary role? I doubt it.

Posted by: tbarksdl | November 6, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

There is no plan except for NO! NOTHING! NEVER! (unless it makes me and my buddies rich). Republicanism is the next thing to Hobbes' State of Nature, in which life is nasty, brutish and short, lived in continual rage and fear and well-earned hatred for one's fellow citizens. Oh what a joy. A nasty, stupid bunch. Watch: there will be no substantive cuts except in "luxury" programs, like education, research, law enforcement (except for putting poor people in prison --- but the prisons will get even worse). Republicans promise degradation of every aspect of our society.

Posted by: frodot | November 6, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi is actually sticking it to her colleagues.

She's a wonderful face for the excesses of the Democratic party.


Posted by: Crmudgeon | November 6, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It's important to remember that Pelosi was attacked from the very beginning by the Republicans, before she did anything as Speaker. She was deliberately demonized because she is a woman, and they got away with it because she is a woman. She was the focus and target of attack ads from the beginning. Members of the public mentioned her name when they knew nothing about her, except through the GOP attack ads. Shameful.

Posted by: swhite3 | November 6, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi didn't create the economic collapse that brought this country to its knees a couple of years ago which caused so much angst among voters that they bought into Republican rhetoric that cast her in the role as devil incarnate. That Democrats were not able to turn this faltering economy around in two years is seen as a great failing. I look forward to seeing how much better the Republicans will do with their slash and burn strategy that eviscerates government while preserving tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

What Pelosi did was keep both Congress and the White House sufficiently focused that America has finally joined the rest of the civilized world by insuring that health care is available to everyone. No doubt there remain kinks to be worked out, but this will prove to be the highlight of Obama's first term in office, no matter the screaming from the right that this smacks of socialism. It amazes me that precisely the folks who will most benefit from such a program will throw the weight of their votes to elitists of the right whose trickle down policies have never created value for the middle class. The rich get rich and the poor get reality television programming and cheap beer. Good luck with that.

I applaud her decision to run for the MInority Leader position. Unlike so many of the naysayers in the Democratic party she has the cajones to take on the Republicans who, for the last two years, did everything in their power to insure not success for recovery, but failure that might yield political advantage. I want Nancy Pelosi fighting to make certain the gains made by the Democratic majority over the foot dragging of the Republicans, are not swept away by right wingnuts. Go for it Nancy!

Posted by: DevilMayCare | November 6, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

It's important to remember that Pelosi was attacked from the very beginning by the Republicans, before she did anything as Speaker. She was deliberately demonized because she is a woman, and they got away with it because she is a woman. She was the focus and target of attack ads from the beginning. Members of the public mentioned her name when they knew nothing about her, except through the GOP attack ads. Shameful.

Posted by: swhite3 | November 6, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Please read this comment:

"It's important to remember that Pelosi was attacked from the very beginning by the Republicans, before she did anything as Speaker. She was deliberately demonized because she is a woman, and they got away with it because she is a woman. She was the focus and target of attack ads from the beginning. Members of the public mentioned her name when they knew nothing about her, except through the GOP attack ads. Shameful."

And yet Republicans, who everyone knows hate women, are gaga over Sarah Palin and revere Maggie Thatcher. How is a poor liberal supposed to understand this?

Posted by: Roytex | November 6, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I admire Pelosi for that too. On the other hand, there is a reason the others quit. As George Patton in Patton said: Americans despise losers or something to that effect.

Posted by: lohengrin | November 7, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of this depends on one's definition of doing a good job. a) doing good for the country; b) doing good for her party; or c) good at maintaining party discipline to enact her agenda.

She did a great, incredible really, job in one of the three. In the other two, she was an utter failure.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | November 8, 2010 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi has my full support.

Posted by: LeftGuy | November 8, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin quit even without losing, just when she got sorta bored with being governor

More nonsense from Marcus.
Palin had a strinig of frivilous lawsuit filed against her by idiot leftists costing her and the governemt huge amounts of money. There was no end in sight to these even though they were ALL thrown out.
She's now more effective as a promoter and spokeswonmen. Seventy percent of her Tea Party promotions were successful. I see your a little be jealous of her success...

Yes, you promote Pelosi who goes behind locked doors with bribes, sweatheart deals and general corruption to go against the will of the people. She calls the Americans that stand up for fiscal resposible government, "Astro Turf"

Stick it where the sun doesn't shine, Marcus...

Posted by: dforce | November 8, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin quit even without losing, just when she got sorta bored with being governor

More nonsense from Marcus.
Palin had a strinig of frivilous lawsuit filed against her by idiot leftists costing her and the governemt huge amounts of money. There was no end in sight to these even though they were ALL thrown out.
She's now more effective as a promoter and spokeswonmen. Seventy percent of her Tea Party promotions were successful. I see your a little be jealous of her success...

Yes, you promote Pelosi who goes behind locked doors with bribes, sweatheart deals and general corruption to go against the will of the people. She calls the Americans that stand up for fiscal resposible government, "Astro Turf"

"Pelosi sticks to it"

Yes, kind of like chewing gum on the sole of your shoe...


Speaking of sticking to it, stick it where the sun doesn't shine, Marcus...

Posted by: dforce | November 8, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin quit even without losing, just when she got sorta bored with being governor

More nonsense from Marcus.
Palin had a strinig of frivilous lawsuit filed against her by idiot leftists costing her and the governemt huge amounts of money. There was no end in sight to these even though they were ALL thrown out.
She's now more effective as a promoter and spokeswonmen. Seventy percent of her Tea Party promotions were successful. I see your a little be jealous of her success...

Yes, you promote Pelosi who goes behind locked doors with bribes, sweatheart deals and general corruption to go against the will of the people. She calls the Americans that stand up for fiscal resposible government, "Astro Turf"

"Pelosi sticks to it"

Yes, kind of like chewing gum on the sole of your shoe...


Speaking of sticking to it, stick it where the sun doesn't shine, Marcus...

Posted by: dforce | November 8, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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