Rumor being spread by House Dem: Pelosi won’t run for Speaker again

posted at 5:35 pm on October 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

I want to believe.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) said that not only would he not back Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker again, but also that he’d heard she would not seek another term in that position.

“From what we’re hearing, she’s probably not going to run for Speaker again,” McIntyre told WWAY-TV in North Carolina. “And if she does, I’m confident she’s going to have opposition, and I look forward to supporting that opposition.”…

McIntyre joins the growing flood of Democrats who are saying they will oppose Pelosi as Speaker if Democrats retain the majority. An additional crowd of Democrats — most recently Staten Island Rep. Mike McMahon (D) — have refused to say how they would vote.

As quickly as the accusation is leveled, the formal denial is issued:

“If we pull this off [maintaining control of the House], there is no doubt she’ll run for Speaker again and win,” one aide said.

The aides pointed to the many factors Pelosi would have going for her within her Democratic Caucus. The speaker enjoys strong support among progressives, female members, the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as the sizable California delegation, the largest in the House. Therefore, it’s hard to picture a scenario in which she could be beaten in a race of Democrats, especially in an election year where many conservative Democrats are the most likely to lose and therefore not vote for the leadership of the 112th Congress.

As far as I know, only a handful of Blue Dogs have said they absolutely, positively won’t vote for her for Speaker next term if they retain the majority. McIntyre is one, Jim Marshall of “Pelosi is a hippie” fame is another, and then of course there’s Bobby Bright, who’s been known to crack “jokes” about her untimely death. Beyond that core nucleus, there are another eight to 10 centrist Democrats who say they’re not sure yet how they’d vote — which, of course, is Blue-Dog-speak for “I’ll do whatever Pelosi tells me.” In other words, unless the Democrats (a) hold the House and (b) end up with an extremely narrow majority, in the neighborhood of 218/217 and (c) somehow the hardcore anti-Pelosi Blue Dogs manage to survive the great culling next month. which would make their votes for Speaker decisive, then yeah, we’ve probably got another two years of Madam Speaker steering the congressional ship of state.

Why they’d want to keep her for another term is beyond me, though. Steny Hoyer, who’d presumably succeed her, is much better liked by Republicans and therefore more likely to be able to steer through compromise legislation that the Dems can point to when running in 2012. Pelosi, for all her faults, was superb at delivering votes for her party’s big-ticket items, but needless to say, there ain’t going to be anymore big-ticket items for the next two years. Why not dump her and her lead-anchor approval rating in favor of the more genial Hoyer? Oh right — because House progressives would rather show loyalty to the liberal who’s about to deliver 50+ seats to the GOP than to a more centrist Democrat like Hoyer who might put them back on track. Exit question: At this point, is it even worth talking about scenarios in which Pelosi remains as Speaker? The GOP has a 73 percent chance of retaking the House. C’mon.


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won’t matter, unless she becomes a Republican, she won’t have the opportunity anyway!

SDarchitect on October 19, 2010 at 5:37 PM

she’ll need the extra time to answer a few of Darrel Issa’s questions…..

ted c on October 19, 2010 at 5:37 PM

The San Francisco treat not running? I’m crushed!

Kini on October 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

She’s quitting for the same reason Byron Dorgan got the he!! out while the gettin’ was good: Bcs she knows she’ll LOSE.

Badger40 on October 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

When Pelosi has to hand over the gavel I am going to party like it’s 1817 (the year that Germany burned down the White House).

Bishop on October 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM

She won’t get a shot to do so.

If the Republicans win, she’ll be the back-bencher from Marin County, California.

If the Dems miraculously win, it’ll be IN SPITE of her and she’ll be turfed at the earliest possible chance. Hoyer would be the new Speaker if he survives November 2. Otherwise, they’d see who lines up the support since it won’t be Pelosi or Clyburn.

teke184 on October 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM

But she’s done such a good job!!! Why on earth would she not run? Especially since they are going to keep the House? /sarc

Cookies Mom on October 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM

It’s a moot point.

BetseyRoss on October 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I just want to see her give up the gavel..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Don’t buy it, it’s crap.

If they are Democrats, they are lying.

Throw them all out and make it irrelevant.

Brian1972 on October 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Yeah, I don’t think she’ll get the chance to either.

This is image damage control setting in. I guarantee if she thought the Dems would hold the House, there would be zilch rumors about giving up the gavel.

INC on October 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

The San Francisco treat not running? I’m crushed!

Kini on October 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Don’t you mean freak..:)

PS..Good to see you out and about early..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM

And Obama doesn’t care if he’s a one-term president. Suicide politicians… they strap legislation to their bodies, chaos ensues, and they’re outa there.

Jerks.

beatcanvas on October 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Me neither

BuckNutty on October 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM

I want to believe.

Sweet! X-Files reference!

Rightwingguy on October 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM

If they lose the house, she won’t even be in congress. She’ll resign. I’m sure that she twisted a lot of arms over the last few years, and with no power, payback will be a pelosi.

rw on October 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM

She’s told her caucus to say whatever they have to, including saying they oppose her; so this is just the same old Democrat dissembling. Don’t believe it.

JeffWeimer on October 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM

When Pelosi has to hand over the gavel I am going to party like it’s 1817 (the year that Germany burned down the White House).

Bishop on October 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM

dude, i totally remember that…it was like when I was in Cambodia that one year before we returned from Vietnam….

ted c on October 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Promises, promises.

Vashta.Nerada on October 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

It will take an Husqvarna to get that gavel out of her claws.

tru2tx on October 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Steny Hoyer, who’d presumably succeed her, is much better liked by Republicans and therefore more likely to be able to steer through compromise legislation that the Dems can point to when running in 2012. Pelosi, for all her faults, was superb at delivering votes for her party’s big-ticket items, but needless to say, there ain’t going to be anymore big-ticket items for the next two years. Why not dump her and her lead-anchor approval rating in favor of the more genial Hoyer?

Now that Steny is threatening to “come after” his opponent, why not dump him, too? I’m dreaming big, and hoping that Charles Lollar pulls off an upset; this is the year.

Fallen Sparrow on October 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

And she’s never had any plastic surgery.

rjoco1 on October 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Okay but what if, as we all expect, the Dems lose the House? Will Nancy Pelosi run to be Minority Leader? That’s a much more interesting question since I doubt she’s going to have the opportunity to run as Speaker for the next Congress!

Jill1066 on October 19, 2010 at 5:45 PM

If things were any worse, I think she’d be pressured out now, before the election, as a last desperate attempt to forestall disaster.

paul1149 on October 19, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Aren’t these the same assclowns that were all ” I may have to oppose Obamacare and defy my party leaders”, about 5 seconds before they fell in line with Nancy.
Nov.2- no prisoners (politically of course).

jjshaka on October 19, 2010 at 5:46 PM

This is like Brett Favre saying that if Minnesota Vikings wins the Super Bowl he will retire.

WoosterOh on October 19, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Hopefully she will be to busy eating subpoena sandwiches. She can’t be speaking if her mouth is full.

fourdeucer on October 19, 2010 at 5:47 PM

won’t matter, unless she becomes a Republican, she won’t have the opportunity anyway!

If she became a Republican it would be a stroke of genius beyond her limited abilities. It would make a mockery of the dimes worth of difference between the parties and guarantee the Tea Party becoming the dominant party. Democrats would rank second and the carcass of the Republican party a distant third

meci on October 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I call BS on all the ‘rats!

ladyingray on October 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I want to see her perped walked.

Blake on October 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Remember Nancy walking through the crowd on her way to pass ObowmaCare in the House…?

… Why won’t the Democrats run on their record?

Seven Percent Solution on October 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

“If we pull this off [maintaining control of the House], there is no doubt she’ll run for Speaker again and win,” one aide said.

It might be so mute.

Schadenfreude on October 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Remember Nancy walking through the crowd on her way to pass ObowmaCare in the House…?

… Why won’t the Democrats run on their record?

Seven Percent Solution on October 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

That arrogance/impertinence, defiance of the voters’ will, that hammer in her hand, must and will punish her.

Schadenfreude on October 19, 2010 at 5:49 PM

sales of slurpee machines….skyrocketing.

ted c on October 19, 2010 at 5:50 PM

We don’t have to worry about it, but of course they are lying through their teeth. Just as those that were “wavering” were lying on cap and trade and Obamacare. The handful that voted no were given the ok to get some political cover. There are no Blue Dogs. It’s a farce perpetuated to win seats in districts they have little business competing in.

stldave on October 19, 2010 at 5:51 PM

The San Francisco treat not running? I’m crushed!

Kini on October 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Looks to me as if that treat is curdling. LOL

capejasmine on October 19, 2010 at 5:52 PM

It’s not a rumor. It’s true. The aren’t going to maintain control of the house so she won’t be running again.

boomer on October 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Rumor being spread by American Voters: Pelosi won’t get a chance to run for Speaker again

Mojoski on October 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM

won’t matter, unless she becomes a Republican, she won’t have the opportunity anyway!

SDarchitect on October 19, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Beat me to it.

JeffinOrlando on October 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Blake on October 19, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I want to see Boehner give her a tap on the head when he takes the gavel..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 5:54 PM

This is just a rumor, the purpose of which is to make a few independents think that they can vote for a Dem without ending up with Pelosi as Speaker again.

But it won’t work. Besides, if the Dems held the House (they won’t), she’d run for Speaker and all (or just enough) of the Dems would vote for her. You know they would. There is absolutely no evidence that they would not.

SlaveDog on October 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM

If she announces she is not running, it will cost them 5 seats because their base will give up and not put down the bong long enough to vote.

pedestrian on October 19, 2010 at 5:56 PM

The question is who Democrats nominate for Speaker if they’re delegated to minority status.

amerpundit on October 19, 2010 at 5:57 PM

I should add, Brett Favre has a better chance of leading the Vikings to win the Super Bowl than Pelosi has at leading Dems to hold the House to become speaker again.

WoosterOh on October 19, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Don’t you mean freak..:)

PS..Good to see you out and about early..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM

The Creature from the Bay

Kini on October 19, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Don’t buy it, it’s crap.

If they are Democrats, they are lying.

Throw them all out and make it irrelevant.

Brian1972 on October 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Don’t buy it, it’s crap.

If they are Democrats, they are lying.

Throw them all out and make it irrelevant.

Don’t buy it, it’s crap.

If they are Democrats, they are lying.

Throw them all out and make it irrelevant.

Brian1972 on October 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Brian1972 on October 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM
oulddo i
100,000,000,000+ (if it didn’t take so long to write a trillion I would do it)

Bambi on October 19, 2010 at 5:59 PM

As I think we all learned in the healthcare debate, Blue Dogs protestations of centrism and independence are greatly exaggerated. In the event the Dems retain control of the House, I’m sure the Blue Dogs will do as they’re told.

Infidoll on October 19, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Looks to me as if that treat is curdling. LOL

capejasmine on October 19, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Somewhere in the Castro district of SF, there’s a impersonator walking the streets.

Kini on October 19, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Pelosi: My work here is done!

phreshone on October 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM

sorry, don’t know what happened.

Bambi on October 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM

but hey, my Democrat Pelosi-enabling Congressman, Tom Perriello (VA5) said he would certainly vote for Pelosi again.

but his challenger, Robert Hurt (R) sure as hell won’t. go Robert Hurt go!

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2010 at 6:03 PM

You all do realize that there is nothing in the Constitution or the Rules of the House to prevent Sarah Palin from becoming the next Speaker of the House.

meci on October 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Ha ha ha ha. Dems are expected to lose 8,000 seats in the upcoming midterm election.
http://www.theonion.com/articles/democrats-could-lose-up-to-8000-seats-in-upcoming,18285/

onlineanalyst on October 19, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Utter baloney. It’s nothing more than a storyline to help the House members who voted for ObamaCare. Like my congressman, Scott Murphy NY-20) His opponent, Chris Gibson, would be fabulous, but he needs help!

http://www.chrisgibsonforcongress.com/

Connie on October 19, 2010 at 6:05 PM

The Creature from the Bay

Kini on October 19, 2010 at 5:59 PM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 6:06 PM

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2010 at 6:03 PM

How are things looking in that district?..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 6:07 PM

So basically these are DemonRat campaign promises? From the bunch who promised to vote against Øbamacare? Not worth the pixels used to display them.

I guess if they pull off a miracle and hold the House, she can have it. The country will not be salvageable anyway.

2ipa on October 19, 2010 at 6:09 PM

The WORST thing the Dems ever did to themselves was elect her Speaker of the House.

GarandFan on October 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM

I just want to see her give up the gavel..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM


And
the airplane, and the $30,000 salary increment, and the big office, and the huge staff.

slickwillie2001 on October 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Spreading a rumor Pelosi won’t be Speaker is to put a hole in the argument that they will be voting with her in 2011 if reelected.

Conan on October 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM

dire straits: latest poll came out yesterday showing Robert Hurt up by 6 pts,46-40, m.o.e. 4 pts. 13% undecided (most of them probably won’t vote). Perriello has $100,000 donation from MoveOn.org; $250,000 TV ad buy from SEIU & has the OFA running his ground game. Robert Hurt thoroughly being outspent (hint hint roberthurtforcongress.com)

we will do this.

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Slight of hand. Blue Dogs want voters to ignore that they voted her into the position in the first place.

That being said I think Nancy has an equal chance of being Pope in 2011 as she does Speaker.

MajorKong on October 19, 2010 at 6:16 PM

And the airplane, and the $30,000 salary increment, and the big office, and the huge staff.

slickwillie2001 on October 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM

very good point..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Rumor being spread by House Dem: Pelosi won’t run for Speaker again

Fortunately for America, she won’t get the opportunity to.

I’ll be sure to have a bucket of popcorn ready to watch Granny Rictus turn over the gavel to new majority leader Boehner next year.

Vyce on October 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

let’s make her Pope! then she would have to move to Rome!

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Thank you for update..We (Republicans) can definitely win this seat..:)

PS..Sure RNCC will help Hurt..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Actually, Pelosi plans to switch parties and challenge John B. for the speaker’s job.

rebuzz on October 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM

let’s make her Pope! then she would have to move to Rome!

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I don’t think things went too good for her the last time she saw him..:)

Dire Straits on October 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) said that not only would he not back Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker again, but also that he’d heard she would not seek another term in that position.

“From what we’re hearing, she’s probably not going to run for Speaker again,” McIntyre told WWAY-TV in North Carolina. “And if she does, I’m confident she’s going to have opposition, and I look forward to supporting that opposition.”…

What curious things Mike McIntyre is hearing! I wonder if he has also heard that Nancy Pelosi has told House Democrats to say whatever they have to say to get re-elected.

Threshing Flora on October 19, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Better to pretend she doesn’t want it, then to be thrown out…

right2bright on October 19, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Mike McIntyre? From NC? Who represents one of the most conservative areas (New Hanover and Brunswick counties along the coast), but who’s district is gerrrymandered to Hell and back and who voted with Obama/Pelosi/Reid? That Mike McIntyre? Bwahahahahaha

SouthernGent on October 19, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Who cares? Like she could win Speakerhood with 230+ Repubs anyway.

I don’t want her just to not be Speaker anymore.

I want her to retire.

Now that would be news.

This? Meh.

Chris of Rights on October 19, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Chris of Rights on October 19, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Right. And if she retires the nation would derive great benefit from her skills being applied outside government. Wait…

MajorKong on October 19, 2010 at 6:41 PM

At this point Pelosi would claim she’s Calvin Coolidge’s love child, she always adored Reagan, and she holds in highest respect, Pres Bush.
It’s all a lie, from a bitter old grandmother looking at losing her gavel.

LincolntheHun on October 19, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Non-story, given how badly the Dems are about to be blown out of office.

rayra on October 19, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I just hope Boehner (or whomever) does to her exactly what she did to Hastert – march right down to her office and throw her the hell out of it.
And immediately renounce use of the big govt jets for Speaker travel (except in times of severe security alert, which is where the practice got started, post 9/11).
And immediately announce an investigation / review of the former Speaker’s abuses of privilege. Especially in light of the tax-evading Pelosi Family Trust already owning a corporate jet, that she could have been using all this time.

rayra on October 19, 2010 at 7:11 PM

..scared, wizened, putrid, gnarled,festering old puss bag is going to slink off into the vomitorium, curl up by a mound of flash and die.

This is the same arrogant bitch who rammed health care down our throat then took that “in your face” stroll around the capitol with that huge gavel and all of her cronies.

She has not even got the stones to face the music.

I hope that — after she gives up that huge jet with the well-stocked bar — she’s flying back to the coast in biz class, the cabin depressurizes, and her face explodes from all the Botox.

..o.k., o.k., I am going to take my meds and have a nice lie-down now.

The War Planner on October 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Assume the Democrats had been right and support for Obamacare had ballooned post-passage rather than cratered and the Democrats were expected to retain a substantial majority in the House. Does anyone really think she would consider relinquishing the reins of power? Really?

Gimme a break.

novaculus on October 19, 2010 at 7:13 PM

dude, i totally remember that…it was like when I was in Cambodia that one year before we returned from Vietnam….

ted c on October 19, 2010 at 5:44 PM

..I always thought that they bombed Pearl Harbor.

The War Planner on October 19, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Pelosi is the rat leaving the ship she sunk.

csdeven on October 19, 2010 at 7:20 PM

This is the same kind of crap as Crist spreading rumors about Meeks’ inevitable dropout.

franklinstein on October 19, 2010 at 7:47 PM

She doesn’t want a seat on the Mother Ship… the only seats left are in coach, and she just can’t bear to be with the lower class of her own kind.

She may run for minority leader, but doubt that she will win even that. Losers tend to pay with their prestige and seniority after a wipe-out.

ajacksonian on October 19, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Oh, I forgot. Hoyer is a “moderate”. Gimme a break. He may not be as obnoxious, but moderate? Besides, if the D’rats keep the house majority, Pelosi will replace Obama as the messiah.

cartooner on October 19, 2010 at 10:31 PM

as well as the sizable California delegation, the largest in the House.

As they like to say on MythBusters…”Well there’s your problem right there”. Ha

Big John on October 19, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Just hype by candidates hoping that people will vote Democrat if Pelosi won’t be speaker.

/It’s rope-a-dope folks

AZfederalist on October 19, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Anybody who believes Pelosi isn’t running for Speaker if the Dems manage to keep the house should please contact me immediately. I can get you in on the ground floor opportunity of time-share vacation property on the moon!

If the Democrats get plastered as expected, she might not want to start over again as Minority Leader, and might not win if she tried, so I wouldn’t doubt she might decline to run in that case. But that’s not what McIntyre and others are saying – they’re just trying to distance themselves in the public mind: if she wanted to run, they would be her little cabana boys as they’ve always been.

A good rule of thumb to remember: Democrats are despicable traitors who ALWAYS lie.

Adjoran on October 19, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Oh, I forgot. Hoyer is a “moderate”. Gimme a break. He may not be as obnoxious, but moderate? Besides, if the D’rats keep the house majority, Pelosi will replace Obama as the messiah.

cartooner on October 19, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Well, he’s a “moderate” in the same sense that Trotsky was a “moderate.”

Adjoran on October 19, 2010 at 11:15 PM

The only thing predictable these days is that Democrats will lie to get there own way.

Lies, more lies, and then they win. We must break this pattern.

petunia on October 20, 2010 at 3:11 AM

Tough to run when your only going to get one vote… her own!!

Khun Joe on October 20, 2010 at 10:23 AM