Pelosi vows: I’ll still be Speaker five weeks from now

posted at 6:53 pm on September 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

A safe bet. In fact, I’ll go a step further and bet that she’ll be Speaker for several weeks after that too. And then the new Congress will be seated in January and she’ll hand the gavel to Boehner, and that’ll be that.

Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, whose job as speaker makes her third in line to the presidency, said she would retain that position.

“I fully expect to be speaker of the House five weeks from now,” Pelosi said at a NBC/Universal women’s forum in Manhattan, as reported by the New York Times.

“I have great confidence in my candidates,” she said, “and they’re doing just fine in their districts.”

Not only have Democrats in the Senate written off the House, but so have most voters: 52 percent expect the GOP to win it back, including 50 percent of indies. (Just 28 percent of the latter group believes Democrats will retain control.) The real question at this point isn’t whether Pelosi will be Speaker next year but whether she’ll be forced out of a leadership position altogether if her party gets hammered. She’ll be eager to hold on as minority leader since Democrats will assure themselves that the House is likely to flip back in 2012: Obama will be at the top of the ticket and the economy hopefully will be better, so Pelosi naturally wants to be positioned to retake the gavel. According to Time, though, much depends on how bad this fall’s beating really is. Democrats on the Hill are reportedly whispering that if they lose the House by a dozen seats or more — i.e. a net pick-up of 52 for the GOP — then the caucus will throw Pelosi to the wolves in favor of Hoyer. If it’s much worse than that then even Hoyer may be out and they’ll start from scratch with new faces. So there’s a little extra motivation for you to vote in case you needed any: There’s a slim chance of bringing about a total Democratic meltdown.

Via Think Progress, here’s the next Speaker explaining to Chris Wallace that the public’s not ready to hear “potential solutions” to the entitlements crisis because they don’t understand how big the problem is yet. Is that right? I’m pretty sure there have been news articles here and there over the past few years about the national debt, trillion-dollar deficits, and the scourge of non-discretionary spending.


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So is she saying she’ll just keep the gavel and dare the reps to grab it from her?

Do I hear an “over my wrinkly, 70 year old shrink wrapped body” !!!

katy on September 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on September 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Has anyone polled the dead, prisoners, and illegals? The dems might be doing a lot better in those key demographics that might put them over the edge…

Tuari on September 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Can you picture the witch flying around the capital on her broom waving the gavel in the air yelling, “I am the Speaker! I am the Speaker! You can’t have it!”

TheBigOldDog on September 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Wouldn’t she be 2nd in line? Why does everyone keep making this mistake?

therealfranklin on September 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

She Will be Speaker in 5 weeks.
Her term will not end until 1/9/2011,
when the new congress is sworn in.

gonnjos on September 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

So there’s a little extra motivation for you to vote in case you needed any: There’s a slim chance of bringing about a total Democratic meltdown.

Well then, let’s make sure it becomes a SOLID chance of bringing about a TOTAL Democrat meltdown.

Vyce on September 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

A safe bet. In fact, I’ll go a step further and bet that she’ll be Speaker for several weeks after that too.

Thanks for the smiles. First thing that entered this mind. You wrote it for many.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2010 at 7:56 PM

… Is this an example of AP stupidity? Or just dishonesty? God knows he’s stupid, lazy and dishonest.

So tell me AP, are you being deliberately dishonest in this post, or are you flatly stupid?

Dwilkers on September 28, 2010 at 7:37 PM

1. If you didn’t get the joke, someone in the room may be stupid, but it’s not AllahPundit.

2. There are only about 126,000,000 other blogs on the Internet, not counting Facebook and other social media sites. If you don’t like this one, you should have no trouble finding another.

Mary in LA on September 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Maybe Pelosi meant to say ‘I will be speaking in 5 weeks!’

If not, then she is just joking.

Well, at least I find it funny.

heh heh

Freddy on September 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Great update on the state of the democratic party’s vote-stealing machine: When DOJ Looks The Other Way

slickwillie2001 on September 28, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Ha! Your post is the same thing as my initial thought — of COURSE she’ll be speaker in 5 weeks. New Congress isn’t until January. Silly woman…

lizzieillinois on September 28, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I believe the new congress should elect Tom Delay as speaker of the house. I don’t think the speaker has to be a member of congress. It would be fitting to poke a finger in the eye of the weasel democrats who made his life hell for the past few years. And he would do one hell of a job.

gbear on September 28, 2010 at 8:09 PM

I believe the new congress should elect Tom Delay as speaker of the house. I don’t think the speaker has to be a member of congress. It would be fitting to poke a finger in the eye of the weasel democrats who made his life hell for the past few years. And he would do one hell of a job.

gbear on September 28, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Now that is a good idea, just think of the MSM meltdown over that news.

whbates on September 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Speaker of the Disturbed and Delusional Ward at the nearest mental facility perhaps.

NoLeftTurn on September 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Whew, what a relief. I was beginning to be afraid we wouldn’t have Nancy Prancey to kick around anymore.

Dhuka on September 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM

The Dems plan to stuff 20 bills into the lame duck session.
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/121223-dems-stuff-lame-duck
Check out what is on their wish-list agenda.

onlineanalyst on September 28, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Wouldn’t she be 2nd in line? Why does everyone keep making this mistake?

therealfranklin on September 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

You are correct, and that blooper came from one of our esteemed fact-filled journalistic sources.

onlineanalyst on September 28, 2010 at 8:37 PM

I’ve got it; she’s going to wage a write-in campaign for SOTH.

Dhuka on September 28, 2010 at 8:46 PM

You are correct, and that blooper came from one of our esteemed fact-filled journalistic sources.

onlineanalyst on September 28, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Even worse, I believe it came from Slow Joe Biden himself, who said he was second in line for the Presidency.

Mary in LA on September 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM

She’s channeling Bob!

“My feelings – as usual – we will slaughter them all”
“Our initial assessment is that they will all die”
“We have them surrounded in their tanks”
“We will welcome them with bullets and shoes.”
“Their forces committed suicide by the hundreds…”

SunSword on September 28, 2010 at 8:57 PM

SunSword on September 28, 2010 at 8:57 PM

“We will welcome them with [forged] ballots and [designer] shoes.”

:-)

Mary in LA on September 28, 2010 at 9:03 PM

DUH!!!!! She’s speaker until December 31 no matter what. WTF is wrong with everyone. She’s only stating the obvious, she’s gone 1-1-11 but yet she’ll still be speaker until then.

denniscb on September 28, 2010 at 9:07 PM

I think the reps should make as big a spectacle of taking the gavel away from that power hungry minger as she did when she got it.

csdeven on September 28, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Nancy, it’s time for your medication. It will help you go to sleep and dream pretty-pony dreams. Lollipops and rainbows. Look a unicorn! So many pretty things. And you are still speaker.

WAKE UP you moron.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 28, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Well, we always knew she was delusional so this isn’t exactly “news” ;)

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 28, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Wouldn’t she be 2nd in line? Why does everyone keep making this mistake?

therealfranklin on September 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

By listening to Joe Biden.

Barnestormer on September 28, 2010 at 9:28 PM

She’ll still be “speaking” 5 weeks from now, and on and on….
Randy

williars on September 28, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Via Think Progress, here’s the next Speaker explaining to Chris Wallace that the public’s not ready to hear “potential solutions” to the entitlements crisis because they don’t understand how big the problem is yet. Is that right?

I’m pretty sure it is. Many Americans are very worried or angry about the public deficit; few have reached the point of accepting that their oxen will also have to be gored somewhat in order to balance the budget. Hands up for means-tested Medicare, Tea Partiers?

anonymous irishman on September 28, 2010 at 9:50 PM

(Sorry, forgot to close the after ‘their’.)

anonymous irishman on September 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM

then the caucus will throw Pelosi to the wolves in favor of Hoyer

to-may-to, to-mah-to

American Elephant on September 28, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Via Think Progress, here’s the next Speaker explaining to Chris Wallace that the public’s not ready to hear “potential solutions” to the entitlements crisis because they don’t understand how big the problem is yet. Is that right? I’m pretty sure there have been news articles here and there over the past few years about the national debt, trillion-dollar deficits, and the scourge of non-discretionary spending.

Allahpundit, even if the Americans at large understood “entitlements” and “public” pensions will collapse, it seems improbable that they would alter the system adequately in advance of a plain crisis. Even a very intelligent friend of a friend of mine, who seems to understand the cognitive status of claims of entitlement, was fit to be tied recently, when he learned of a proposal to raise the age of eligibility for Social “Security” and Medicare. My friend put the matter in perspective for his friend by reminding him that before he reaches even the existing age of eligibility, he’ll probably die of his unfiltered cigarettes. The rest of the Americans will more likely set fire to an elected official who talks to them so reasonably.

Kralizec on September 28, 2010 at 10:05 PM

A safe bet. In fact, I’ll go a step further and bet that she’ll be Speaker for several weeks after that too. And then the new Congress will be seated in January and she’ll hand the gavel to Boehner, and that’ll be that.

Bingo.

dczombie on September 28, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Hmmmmm.

Dunno, does she have 10 million zombie ballots in her broom closet garage?

Otherwise the issue at hand may be in doubt.

As is her sanity.

CPT. Charles on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Has she put the gavel industry out of business yet?

diogenes on September 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM

If no one will say it I will giving the gavel to Boehner is no better than letting it reside where it is now. In fact, it is worse, becuase thyere will be those that argue that at least it is not a democrat, it will be the ole argument the lesser of two evils. Remember Boehner was the one that broke down in tears on the house floor and whined for the bank bail out! If we give Boehner the gavel, we get what we deserved America.

paulsur on September 28, 2010 at 10:40 PM

We’ll have to get past this election so you can see what happens Nancy.

Hog Wild on September 28, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Hinting at a lame duck screwing of the American people are we?

Saltysam on September 28, 2010 at 11:40 PM

nancy, I think that what the dems have in mind for you concerns a can of 30W motor oil and a match.

how’s that sound hun?

yeah, thought so, have a nice day, tata!!

JP1986UM on September 29, 2010 at 12:07 AM

I’ll still be Speaker five weeks from now

and that’s what’s really important…right…huney

roflmao

donabernathy on September 29, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Via Think Progress, here’s the next Speaker explaining to Chris Wallace that the public’s not ready to hear “potential solutions” to the entitlements crisis because they don’t understand how big the problem is yet.

If that’s Boehner’s take on this mess, then the lack of trust in his own constituents and fellow citizens is a perfect example of why, should the GOP regain the House, Boehner should be about 3 positions behind the newest incoming freshman for the Speakership. His hubris deserves no better. Steven Den Beste put it very well a number of years back, for matters of policy: “All of us are smarter than any of us,” and the Republican leadership needs to remember that.

If the entitlement problem is as dire as all that (and I assume I’m not alone here in thinking that it’s not – in fact it’s a lot worse!), then his responsibility is to lay it out to the voters as responsible adults, and let us have our say. To do any less is to treat the voters as children. This always sets up the notion in politicians that their “adult and nuanced” solutions are naturally better than our “childish and simplistic” ones (despite all evidence to the contrary over the last century or so). Such a mentality leads to an attempt to rule us instead of help us govern our own affairs – as we perennially see from the Progressive Left.

Put Paul Ryan or another fiscal hawk in the Speaker’s chair, and we’ll have a half-decent shot at clawing our way out of this mess. Put Boehner in, and we’ll just end up repeating the Gingrich “revolution” all over again.

Blacksmith on September 29, 2010 at 12:20 AM

It just amazes me that Speaker Meme and Raquel Welch are the same age…

Khun Joe on September 29, 2010 at 1:22 AM

And the Lions are going to win the Super Bowl!

Bank on it, libs.

NoDonkey on September 29, 2010 at 4:45 AM

She will be like the old woman at the old folks home who has no grasp of reality. She will still try to call up votes and everyone will say, “Remember… you lost the speaker position 8 years ago… “

jeffn21 on September 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, whose job as speaker makes her third in line to the presidency, said she would retain that position.

Don’t remind her! If Republicans win a House majority in November, she’ll swing that huge hammer at Obama and Biden and declare herself President during the lame duck session, then rule by Executive Order due to a constitutional crisis.

Steve Z on September 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM

It just amazes me that Speaker Meme and Raquel Welch are the same age…

Khun Joe on September 29, 2010 at 1:22 AM

But Raquel Welch is a lot SMARTER!

Steve Z on September 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Wouldn’t she be 2nd in line? Why does everyone keep making this mistake?

Yes, second in line. Everyone keeps making this mistake because reporters and politicians are closely related breeds of moron.

SD on September 29, 2010 at 9:40 AM

This is the only true thing that has escaped this witch’s (with a capital B) lips. She will NOT be speaker in January though.

Wills on September 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Crazy aunt Zeituni! you guys will miss her when she is gone!

pgrossjr on September 29, 2010 at 12:34 PM

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