McCollum: I support Nancy Pelosi!

posted at 11:36 am on September 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

No one should be terribly surprised.  Supporting Nancy Pelosi is practically the only job function Betty McCollum has in Congress.  During a debate this week, her Republican challenger Teresa Collett criticized McCollum’s ties to the Speaker of the House, saying that it showed that McCollum had no interest in providing an independent voice for Minnesota’s Fourth CD.  McCollum responded by claiming that Pelosi is … a consensus maker?

Collett also tried to tie McCollum to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling Pelosi, and by extension McCollum, too liberal.

McCollum, however, praised Pelosi’s ability to get disparate voices to find common ground.

“I’m going to support a leader who brings people together to move this country forward.” McCollum said.

Er … sure.  Pelosi certainly put those skills on display in the Porkulus bill, where she refused to allow Republicans into the bill-writing process.  Pelosi also demonstrated her openness to finding common ground when she bulldozed the ostensibly pro-life Democrats into capitulation on the ObamaCare bill when they wanted a restoration of Bart Stupak’s language prohibiting federal funding of abortions. Pelosi has a well-earned reputation for partisan absolutism, one that has made her unpopular within her own caucus and has other Democrats trying to distance themselves from her in their elections.

But what else was McCollum going to say?  McCollum votes in lockstep with Pelosi, so any attempt to distance herself from the Speaker would be futile.  Furthermore, McCollum has done nothing except carry Pelosi’s water on Capitol Hill.  She sits on the budget committee that, despite having a 77-seat Democratic majority in the full House, has yet to produce even a budget resolution.  The best McCollum can do is tie herself to Pelosi and hope to keep her head above water.

MN-04 is usually a safe enough district for McCollum to survive without bothering to provide an independent voice, or even do the basics of her job; Cook has it as a D+13.  That may not be safe enough this year, though, and MN-04 voters may not want to provide San Francisco with a second Representative at the expense of Minnesota.


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No seat is safe, libs. Remember.

dogsoldier on September 22, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Stuck on stupid!

rjoco1 on September 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM

The next 45 days should be filled with panic, name calling, grasping at straws, turn coats,,,,,

And that’s just among Pelosi’s staff.

jake-the-goose on September 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Louder!

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I support Nancy Pelosi!

Wait! Isn’t it Nanny Pelosi’s job to support us, her helpless children?

itsnotaboutme on September 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Betty McCollum – Pelosi’s pet.

batterup on September 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Looks like a safe seat… a MN liberal is pretty liberal.

I know a bunch of Democrats who would never vote for a Republican… no matter what… and I mean no matter what. I guess the only hope is that a lot of lefties get discouraged and stay home.

mankai on September 22, 2010 at 11:43 AM

This is Pelosi’s last year as the Speaker and after the House goes red next year she will voted out as minority leader and forced to retire.

NeoKong on September 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I will now be contributing to Teresa Collett!!

Nancy doesn’t need more pets…she has a stable full of them!

Justrand on September 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM

McCollum is a leading contender for “Minnesota’s Preeminent Liberal Douchebag” award. This is the woman who couldn’t make it to our first Support the Troops Rally back in 2003, even though almost every other MN pol of any note managed to appear.

But she presides over a district of dimwits who still display “Wellstone for Senate” signs in their yard every year, so what do you expect?

Bishop on September 22, 2010 at 11:49 AM

She owns the stank she hob nobs with.

capejasmine on September 22, 2010 at 11:50 AM

a consensus maker?

Well in a way she was–she got a lot of consensus among Dems for the health care bill. Depends on your definition of consensus.lol

jeanie on September 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Spray McCollum with holy water and watch what happens.

darwin on September 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The photo of this woman says it all.

She is one P.O.’d feminist with limited options for stress relief.

David2.0 on September 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

If Nancy Pelosi is the Wicked Witch of the West
that makes Betty McCollum a flying monkey

J_Crater on September 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Pelosi brings people together, alright…in a Tea Party kind of way.

Christien on September 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM

McCollum is so angry and bitter she once made her vibrator sleep on the couch.

David2.0 on September 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Whoa! For a moment I thought you were talking about Bill McCollum.

His Sulk-a-thon after getting waxed in the primary by Rick Scott is the stuff of legend.

victor82 on September 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

OT: http://michellemalkin.com/2010/09/22/once-more-stop-the-special-interest-speech-squelching-disclose-act/

Isn’t this just peachy? Little freakin Harry Reid is not gonna give up. punk

The legislation is intended to roll back a Supreme Court ruling from earlier this year that lifted spending restrictions on political advertisements by corporations and unions

sicoit on September 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Another angry face. Odd that they are all liberal when it is the Tea Party that everyone says is angry.

Skandia Recluse on September 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Evil begets evil. Ah, the ties that bind. Is that a flushing noise I hear?

volsense on September 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

That may not be safe enough this year, though, and MN-04 voters may not want to provide San Francisco with a second Representative at the expense of Minnesota.

Great call, Ed. How many representatives do the people of Minnesota think San Francisco needs? One is probably enough.

Jaibones on September 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Pelosi has forged consensus between the far left and the lunatic left, it’s true.

NoDonkey on September 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Hey Bishop, just sell Mn. Just kidding of course.

fourdeucer on September 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Hell, why not have Pelosi also represent McCollum’s district and SAVE the salary to offset Madame Speakers deficit spending.

GarandFan on September 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Teresa Collett, Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 4th district today vowed to vote in a new Speaker

Not to be too picky… but come on… of course she would… she’s Republican.

mankai on September 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

“I’m going to support a leader who brings people together to move this country forward.” McCollum said.

Pelosi couldn’t bring siamese twins together.

David2.0 on September 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Some RATS will jump ship before it sinks
Other RATS will be high on the fumes emitted from the CHEESE and babble in a drunken slur as the ship slowly sinks beneath the waves

ELMO Q on September 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Love the picture too, Ed. Can you say “angry leftist”?

Jaibones on September 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM

But she presides over a district of dimwits who still display “Wellstone for Senate” signs in their yard every year, so what do you expect?

Bishop on September 22, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Are you kidding me? I’m gonna bust out my Nixon – Now More Than Ever sign.

Lanceman on September 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Hold on tight McC. Don’t let go. Like the captain, you will go down with this sinking, stinking Dem ship.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM

At least this one is not running from Obama and Pelosi like the rest of the are! It makes her a soft target. Did you see Michelle Malkin’s video where she catches one of Obama’s czars running for his life?

Nearly Nobody on September 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I totally support her too. Long live Air Force Nancy!

Limerick on September 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM

“…Pelosi’s ability to get disparate voices to find common ground.”

Who else in Congress could as good a job at getting the socialists AND the progressives within the Democrat Party to see eye-to-eye on the issues?

Bruce MacMahon on September 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Pelosi brings people together, alright…in a Tea Party kind of way.

Christien on September 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Yes!

LASue on September 22, 2010 at 12:23 PM

“I’m going to support a leader who brings people together to move this country forward.” McCollum said.

Bring people together….move country forward…….insert next banal political cliche here………

clearbluesky on September 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

+13?

She could say that she and Pelosi are archangels of death and still get elected.

ButterflyDragon on September 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I live in her district. She gets upwards of 70% of the vote in St. Paul and therefore doesn’t have to worry at all about anyone who lives in the ‘burbs.

The one thing is that Teresa Collett is a very, very good candidate. If the hacks in St. Paul sit on their hands this time, it could get interesting, because I expect Collett to do very well in the non-St. Paul areas of the district.

Mr. D on September 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

+13?

She could say that she and Pelosi are archangels of death and still get elected.

ButterflyDragon on September 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

If you don’t know by now that democrats are stupid, I can’t help you.

Lanceman on September 22, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Now that is one angry vajvajvajvaj…

Seven Percent Solution on September 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Fine, but we want to know who does Gollum support?

MJBrutus on September 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

McCollum responded by claiming that Pelosi is … a consensus maker?

Well, she has pretty much unified the entire Republican caucus in the House against her.

steveegg on September 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Pelosi’s pet.

We need a Ramirez cartoon on Harry and Nancy at the dog show, parading their beasts.

disa on September 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Bishop on September 22, 2010 at 11:49 AM

You have no idea how depressing it is living in the Twin Cities.

McCollum, Ellison and all the local yokal pols, jeez Louise.

Thank God for the Twins & Target Field.

Bruno Strozek on September 22, 2010 at 1:59 PM

The next 45 days should be filled with panic, name calling, grasping at straws, turn coats,,,,,

jake-the-goose on September 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM

.
You mean like this?
Ohio Democrat Party chair to Tea Party activists: “F*ckers”

mrt721 on September 22, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Another delusional Democrat.

Carl on September 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Ah, I don’t think this is what I’d call “consensus”.

“You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we’re going to get health care reform passed for the American people.”

pjean on September 22, 2010 at 3:09 PM

This is Pelosi’s last year as the Speaker and after the House goes red next year she will voted out as minority leader and forced to retire.

NeoKong on September 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Retire as Speaker, but she’ll still be a blight on our Congress. She won’t be losing her district and isn’t likely to quit running there until they drag her corpse out.

rayra on September 22, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Turn momentum into landslide results! Donate and volunteer!

American Elephant on September 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Nice pic. She looks like a real sweetheart.

John the Libertarian on September 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

It’s because of the likes of Betty McCullum that I had to leave Minnesota. These people truly are radical 60′s hippies. The only why for this country is going to get through all this nonsense is for this group to die off.
GO TWINS!!!!!

mmcnamer1 on September 22, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Betty McCollum at it again

Nearly Nobody on September 29, 2010 at 1:56 AM