Pelosi on the midterms: “I would rather be in our position right now than theirs”

posted at 6:13 pm on October 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

The headline at New York mag says it all. Baghdad Bob just e-mailed me: “Make her stop.”

How bad is it going to be? Here’s the new data from Pew. Note the trends in both columns.

Among independents, the GOP leads by 19 points; by comparison, in 2006 Democrats led by just seven points among indies. And in competitive districts, the Republican advantage is now an even dozen. As for Pelosi’s speakership, Jay Cost counters the conventional wisdom that she might be out even if the Dems somehow hold on to the majority by asking a more important question. Let’s say the Blue Dogs do force her out. In that case, what changes? Why … nothing:

Nancy Pelosi is not the problem with the Democratic caucus in the United States House of Representatives. Rather, her speakership is a symptom of the problem, which is that the power structure in the party caucus is tilted far to the left of the swing voters who empowered congressional Democrats back in 2006…

If you are wondering why a political party elected to fix the economy instead committed itself to a massively unpopular health care reform that has been a liberal dream since 1946, this graph is a big part of the answer. Sixty-nine House districts gave Obama 70 percent of the vote or more (compared to 21 districts that went so heavily for George W. Bush in 2004). The Democrats in these districts occupy the safest districts in the entire country. No Republican wave can possibly breach their defenses. Accordingly, their political incentives revolve entirely around liberal pressure groups and Democratic clients like the labor unions – and not at all around the swing voters who determine control of the government. They are free to chase the ghosts of FDR, Truman, and LBJ, so long as organized labor supports it…

Suppose the Democrats do indeed dump Pelosi, and elevate Steny Hoyer. What changes? Hoyer would bring a different style of leadership that would probably not be as nasty, but he would ironically be representing an even more liberal House caucus. If the GOP picks up a net of 38 seats, and the Democrats hold the majority, the liberal percentage of the Democratic caucus will go up, not down. It will be moderates like Altmire who will get booted from the chamber, while liberals like John Conyers will continue to enjoy lifetime leases on their seats. Hoyer might be a nicer person than the graceless Pelosi, but he’ll still be obliged to battle on behalf of the majority of the caucus, which will become more liberal, not less!

Unless you’re ready to take on gerrymandering, which would limit the phenomenon of deep blue/deep red (but not entirely end it), there’s little to be done to make the Democrats’ core House caucus less monolithically liberal than it is. Bear that in mind if/when the Dems regain the majority and Blue Dogs start swearing up and down that this time things will be different.


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Nuts. Plain and simple.

RedNewEnglander on October 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Drop the Gavel and Assume the Position Nancy.

portlandon on October 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

As Pelosi speaks from the Yamato wheelhouse!!!

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Well then….bend over Nancy. Don’t worry, it’ll be quick.

milwife88 on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Holy Schnikies!
I actually agree with Pelosi on something!

PANIC!!!!!111eleventy!!!!!

Defector01 on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Hey I finally agree with Pelosi. I’d rather she was in this position too! Even she is tired of Democrat leadership!

petunia on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I bet it isn’t the first time Pelosi has been in that position, if you know what I mean.

Terrie on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

….just how much fraud does Pelosi expect?

Skandia Recluse on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Suicide Squad Leader: We are the Judean People’s Front crack suicide squad! Suicide squad, attack!
[they all stab themselves]
Suicide Squad Leader: That showed ‘em, huh?

Realist on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Gagdad Bob (One Cosmos) or Baghdad Bob? Please tell me you are branching out.

DaydreamBeliever on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

“Your” position, Nancy, is grabbing your ankles with your skinny butt flapping in the breeze.

Ready to “do” the elephant?

You won’t be walking so proud on November 4th.

You’ll be as bowlegged as a 70 year old career cowboy.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

I notice,Nancy is wearing a perma-smile,
and soooooooooooon,that smirk will be gone!!

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

We’ve been in your position for four years. NOW it will be our turn to change positions! Is it Nov. 2 yet? This is like waiting for Christmas!

tims472 on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Delusional.

Tony737 on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

What she really means is that they will attempt to finish us off in the lame duck session. She knows the new GOP majority will not have the guts to roll back most of the stuff they pass. I mean, the stories are already out there!

SouthernGent on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Yes, and I am a baked potato.

Going to be an interesting next two years. Obama won’t triangulate like Clinton. No he won’t.

If he does even try, the leftwing on the internet and cable will hammer him.

Fasten your seatbelt.

SteveMG on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

I bet she would rather be in her position, they have made a helluva mess and the veto pen will definitely interfere.

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

The harder you smile, the more you win!!1!

Django on October 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Pasadena Pelosi?

No, that’s not in her district is it?

San Fran Nan? The San Francisco Treat?

Help me out here, folks….

SteveMG on October 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Realist on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Hahaha I referrenced that movie on HotAir today too :-) It never gets old!

Tony737 on October 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

The Rev. Nancy “Jim Jones” Pelosi:

Keep drinking the Kool Aid. There’s no other way out.
They’re coming to get us anyway.
And we are too good for this rotten stinking right-wing world.
Keep drinking the Kool Aid !!!

silverfox on October 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

She’s worse than Beltway Bob.

amerpundit on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

“A witch…a witch!”

AubieJon on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Of course she likes her position. She is Speaker of the House.

pedestrian on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

A position she is supremely suited for involves public stocks, rotting vegetables and the DC town square.

Some assembly required.

GnuBreed on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Nanzi, put the bong down, and back away slowly…

JohnGalt23 on October 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Suicide Squad Leader: We are the Judean People’s Front crack suicide squad! Suicide squad, attack!
[they all stab themselves]
Suicide Squad Leader: That showed ‘em, huh?
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Realist on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Realist: If you insist,hehe:)
=====================================================
Crack Suicide Squad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_12E1EN6fs

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Pelosi as the Black Knight!
===================================================

Black Knight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhRUe-gz690

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

This woman will be irrelevant after the elections.

Cause to rejoice.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

She actually makes a good point. Someone is going to have to make some very hard descisions over the next few years to steer things back to sanity. That means either raising the debt limit (or not) or cutting spending which will make people on the teat scream and allow Dems to yell “See! We told you they would take away your stuff!” Either way, it’s ugly. Then there’s the trying to repeal/replace Obamacare, preventing more TARP’s, the list goes on and on. I don’t envy the Republicans trying to stop the runaway deficit train. It’s going to be painful if they truly try.

Grunt2Jag on October 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Pelosi is just Khrushchev’s doppelganger with a bad wig.

jaime on October 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

That skin on her face is pulled waaaay too tight.

Cicero43 on October 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Well, honestly, what would you expect her to say? She owes her soul to the Demican party and because of that, she’ll (and always has in the past) say whatever the messaging team tells her she should say. No mystery here.

Be prepared for some equally inane commentary from Ms. Pelosi after the election. She’ll say:

1. The country’s headed down the crapper with the Republicrats back in charge.

2. The voters just didn’t get the ‘wonderousness’ and ‘fabulosity’ of the Demicans and their agenda.

3. There’s work to be done in the lame-duck session, so you doubters, you better watch out ’cause we’re gonna pass everything we can between now and recess in December.

4. After a couple of months, you’ll miss us.

Cheers,

MH

martin.hale on October 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

With that kind of insight and judgment, I’ll bet Pelosi was one hell of a stock picker back in her teenage days when she was fascinated by the markets. “It’s a force, it’s a force in our economy n stuff.”

Cicero43 on October 21, 2010 at 6:29 PM

for what it is worth, i think the Dims will keep her as minority leader. she will continue to use the Dims as the vanguard party and working with O shriek to the press about the racist, backward R’s

she will drive a wedge between R’s…some R’s will be very afraid of her. Issa’s comments show that many want to play nice…playing nice with nancy means you lose every time.

it has a good chance of working, with the leftist press as the attack dogs

r keller on October 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

As Pelosi speaks from the Yamato wheelhouse!!!

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

heh! +100 for the gratuitous WWII reference.

to the bottom with her…

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

heh! +100 for the gratuitous WWII reference.

to the bottom with her…

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

oh wait, I forgot, the Yamato was a Japanese Battleship that was sunk in the War of 1812 that occurred in 1914.
/Ifill

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

She sounds like she believes what she’s saying. Every poll would have to be completely wrong for her to be right. Her own caucus doesn’t believe it, so why does she?

The polls told us in 2006 that the Republicans were going to lose the majority, and they lost more seats than they expected to lose.

Why does she believe this, if she does? Is she nuts? Stupid? Whatever it is, such a person has no business being Speaker of the House and 2nd in succession for the Presidency.

InterestedObserver on October 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

…………She`s not going to let go of that gavel, is she?

“Precious! My PRECIOUS!

ThePrez on October 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Delusional.

Tony737 on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

I said over at the DC thread on this that she seems to be laying the groundwork for non compos mentis plea if she’s ever charged for her crimes.

leilani on October 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

She does make a point. When they came into power, the Prez had approval in the 30′s and they only won 30ish seats.

Right now Obama’s around 45%? and we have to win more than 40 seats… So this is going to be so sweet.

TEANAMI!

El_Terrible on October 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Bye bye Nancy!

Pablo Snooze on October 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM

What is she smoking ?

runner on October 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

the Prez had approval in the 30′s and they only won 30ish seats.

*sighs* Where did I go wrong?

ThePrez on October 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

the Yamato was a Japanese Battleship that was sunk in the War of 1812 that occurred in 1914. – Ted

And then it was raised, retrofitted and sent into space to fight the aliens!!!

Tony737 on October 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Pelosi on the midterms: “I would rather be in our position right now than theirs”

Sure – who knew she’s an ostrich?

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

The funny thing about the long quote (don’t know if this plays the whole thing, but I heard it earlier today) is how she totally goes off into the weeds on this answer. She starts out answering the question and then ends up at a spot that doesn’t really even relate to where she started.

Dem-lawyer-speak. Obama’s good at this too. They just start talking, no intention to actually answer the question, they just talk and talk and use really big words that sound impressive until they stop talking and the interviewer then knows it’s time to ask the next question.

UnderstandingisPower on October 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM

$#!+

R+4 in registered voters?

Am I reading that right?

Chris of Rights on October 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Children, our word for the day is: DELUSIONAL

evergreen on October 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I’m hearing reports of heavy democrat early voting, and HA Headlines have Gretta and Carlson predict Murkowski win.

What’s going on?

Kini on October 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Her eyes tell the truth. She looks paranoid.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I’m hearing reports of heavy democrat early voting, and HA Headlines have Gretta and Carlson predict Murkowski win.

What’s going on?

Kini on October 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Only the Assoc. Press dreams of heavy early dem. voting. They are in the same place as Pelosi’s head.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Yeah, because she’s thinking we’re counting on honest elections and their counting on ACORN, voter fraud and intimidation.

JellyToast on October 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Her overly taut, plastic-surgeoned face with its ever present grimace reminds me of the woman in the movie, Brazil…
http://www.gonemovies.com/WWW/Pictures/Pictures/DeNiroBrazil4Lowry.jpg

albill on October 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Oh, goodie. She’s officially lost her mind.

JetBoy on October 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Delusional people scare me!

I think we need look beyond the election. She is most likely referencing the lame duck session. In that, she is right, she is in the better position to bankrupt this country. Wait and see!

Rndguy on October 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

If you like your position, you can keep your position.

Lily on October 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

It the Goebbels MO , lie big.

the_nile on October 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I’m hearing reports of heavy democrat early voting, and HA Headlines have Gretta and Carlson predict Murkowski win.

What’s going on?

Kini on October 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Kini: On Talk AM Radio,top of the news hour,I heard that as
well,heavy Liberal turnout,or,so they say,it sounds
like a MisRedirection Operation to me!!:)

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Hard to believe that she’s 2 steps from the White House. Talk about living in an alternate reality. No doubt Nancy INHALES……..frequently.

GarandFan on October 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Here we have concrete proof that Botox does not improve senility. For those of you who thought otherwise.

The Reasonable Man on October 21, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Is that woman even capable of being honest?

forest on October 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

How does anyone not look at her and think whack job?

CWforFreedom on October 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Because your insane Madam Botox.

jawkneemusic on October 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

On Talk AM Radio,top of the news hour,I heard that as
well,heavy Liberal turnout,or,so they say,it sounds
like a MisRedirection Operation to me!!:)

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

If this is misdirection, I hope you’re right.
Vote early tomorrow, holding breath till 11/3

Kini on October 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

On November 3rd the reality will be we’re stuck with an angry lame duck Congress, yet-to-be-discovered “poison pills” in the mammoth bills passed over the past 2 years, and a non-veto-proof Republican majority that has already gone on record surrenduring in the face of Obamacare, et. al. Oh… and the MSM will be going after ALL dissent from their leftist views with a “hammer and tongs” aggressiveness we haven’t even seen yet.

California provides a great case study: When the Governator won the opportunity to replace Gray Davis, several commentators pointed out that if the electorate went back to daily life nothing would change. That’s exactly what happened. One election cycle does not lead to victory over fundamental problems. The results have been disasterous for Cali (and eventually the rest of America when the $500B union pension shortfall needs to be bailed out, for starters).

If the next 24 months are to be anything other than a last gasp for conservatives and America, the Republicans will have to perform with a fearless, relentless, and well-communicated approach to legislating.

Exit question: When was the last time the Republicans performed at the level necessary to have any hope of success over the next 24 months?

Perfesser on October 21, 2010 at 7:27 PM

She knows the new GOP majority will not have the guts to roll back most of the stuff they pass. I mean, the stories are already out there!

SouthernGent on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Well, um, that part is up to us. If the ‘Pubs win, we need to immediately congratulate them and, ahem, “gently remind them” that we elected them to roll back every-flippin’ thing the dems steamrolled through, and if they don’t at least break a sweat in the effort, they are hist-wah

Chewy the Lab on October 21, 2010 at 7:33 PM

I’m hearing reports of heavy democrat early voting, and HA Headlines have Gretta and Carlson predict Murkowski win.

What’s going on?

Kini on October 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

It’s called Psy-ops, chill!

Chewy the Lab on October 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Baghdad Nancy is too nice. How about Chemical Pelosi?

swamp_yankee on October 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM

If you like your position, you can keep your position.

Lily on October 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Zing! Good one.

leilani on October 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Klavan on the culture: “The Extremists Are Coming!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx_I1lzJ94w&feature=player_embedded

Another good one.

onlineanalyst on October 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM

What an idiot

Wade on October 21, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Nancy, give me the gavel and Lean Forward.

Canadian Infidel on October 21, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Leaning forward.

greggriffith on October 21, 2010 at 7:55 PM

She make sh!t house rats everywhere look sane.

esnap on October 21, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Baghdad Bob just e-mailed me: “Make her stop.”

That is funny stuff, AP.

Brass on October 21, 2010 at 9:24 PM

“I would rather be in our position right now than theirs”

Little wonder how we got where we are.

Fortunately this delusional, pompous clown will be just noise beginning in 2011.

churchill995 on October 21, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Cognitive dissonance isn’t just a river in Egypt.

BDavis on October 21, 2010 at 9:54 PM

That woman is completely delusional. And stupid. She is also second in line to succeed the President of the United States.

Pause and reflect on that.

tryptic on October 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Solution to gerrymandering: randomization of districts every two election cycles.

Equivalent of term limits.

spmat on October 21, 2010 at 11:44 PM

“I would rather be in our position right now than theirs”

Maybe she’s thinking of the shitstorm the Dems are going to unleash on a Republican majority.

JimC on October 21, 2010 at 11:45 PM

“I would rather remain aboard the TITANIC than be in a life boat.”

/Madame Speaker (for another few days)

Khun Joe on October 22, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Here is one way to help give the Nancy Pelosi the pink slip (and Jim Matheson): It’s MONEY BOMB PHRIDAY!

http://bit.ly/Phacebook

Nate G. on October 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Delusional, sheer delusional….

starman on October 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM

“The 111th Congress will be the most ethical Congress ever. We’re going to drain the swamp.”

She’s the Swamp Thing herself. Madame Swamp Thing. She’s getting drained on November 2nd. I guess Botox really is dangerous afterall….

adamsmith on October 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM