Pelosi to quit if GOP takes the House?

posted at 12:24 pm on October 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Assuming that the Republicans take control of the House in the next session of Congress, what will happen with current Democratic leadership?  Usually after an electoral debacle, the remaining members of the caucus want fresh voices at the top to recapture credibility with voters.  Most Speakers don’t stick around Congress at all, and some speculation in Washington has Nancy Pelosi looking for greener pastures rather than suffer the humiliation of returning to back-bencher status.  CQ Politics looks through the smoke signals, via Yahoo:

Democrats on Capitol Hill and K Street are increasingly convinced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have little interest in being Minority Leader — and may start preparing to leave Congress altogether — if Republicans win the House next week.

Pelosi and her allies adamantly refuse to entertain questions about a possible Democratic minority. But Democratic sources say they have a hard time imagining the 70-year-old, independently wealthy California Democrat would want to return to the less-powerful post that she held for four years before becoming Speaker in 2007, particularly after having spent the past four years driving the Congressional agenda.

Should Republicans sweep into power on Nov. 2, the pivotal question that some Democrats have begun contemplating is one of timing: Does Pelosi step aside immediately, or does she stick around for a few months as Minority Leader to help smooth the transition to her successor? Both scenarios assume Pelosi heads for the exits within a few weeks or months.

“It’s pretty clear that what she does is just leave,” said a former House leadership aide who now works downtown. The Democrat had no direct knowledge of Pelosi’s plans but predicted she would probably resign from Congress in fairly short order. “Once you’ve been Speaker of the House, why would she just want to be a Member of Congress?”

CQ also reports that some House Democrats fear Pelosi’s departure.  She is a prodigious fundraiser, and her top-down management style has made her indispensable to the current decision-making process.  A reshuffle would mean something akin to starting from scratch, no doubt one of the reasons why so few Democrats would commit to voting against her as Speaker in the unlikely event that Democrats managed to cling to a majority after the midterms.

But that’s more or less the point.  The coming wave of Republican victories will owe its existence in large part to the decisions made by Nancy Pelosi, her priorities, and especially her strategic hubris.  It was Pelosi who locked Republicans out of the lawmaking process on Porkulus and later ObamaCare in the House, the two bills that have been an albatross around Democratic necks in the midterms.  Had Steny Hoyer held the gavel, he might well have lured enough Republicans into the bill-writing process to spread the political risk to both parties.  Instead, Pelosi allowed the GOP to return to its small-government roots — indeed, gave them no choice but to return to those roots.

A few months of disarray might be necessary in order to rid Democratic leadership of Pelosi’s influence.  Democrats won’t keep her in power after a big loss to continue being the poster child for Republicans to use to paint Democrats as both extreme and unresponsive, and without power, Pelosi will lose interest in sticking around as most former Speakers do.  All that will remain will be to see whether she tries to fly home on a chartered military jet.


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Nancy Pelosi thinks resigning will stop Congressional INVESTIGATIONS?

Dr Evil on October 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

*sigh* is this a threat or a promise?

Mad Mad Monica on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Totally OT but fun factoid: GW and GWH Bush to throw out first pitches in Game 4 of World Series on Sunday. Nolan Ryan to throw out first pitch in Game 3. Take that Obama.

txmomof6 on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

She’ll fly first class. No way she’d be in economy with the great unwashed.

Wethal on October 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

First class ain’t what it used to be. How would you like to be the TSA person to have to pat that dwn?

katy the mean old lady on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

No way this woman ever flies on a commercial airliner again. She is done.

JeffinOrlando on October 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Riehl World View has a list of all the Alaska Write-Ins!

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2010/10/lisa-murkowski-dude-who-stole-my-list.html

Done That on October 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

That is HILARIOUS!!!!

What a great idea!! Lisa must be s#itting razorblades!!!

tru2tx on October 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Does anyone remember what Nan said about the C.I.A. lying to Her and Congress, they were never briefed about the use of waterboarding?

John Larson Backs Pelosi, Calls CIA Liars.

Dr Evil on October 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

She might as well quit . . . the Republican speaker will give her a closet for an office and her only means of transportation will be the Metro.

rplat on October 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I’d prefer a jackass, but I actually like them.

katy the mean old lady on October 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Mord on October 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Easy. Her constuency is San Francisco.

That place has been in denial for decades.

PJ Emeritus on October 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

“Once you’ve been Speaker of the House, why would she just want to be a Member of Congress?”

Why? Because her (nutty) constituents elected her to be their CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, not the SOH. So I guess the people who voted for her aren’t worth her time unless she’s got the gavel, huh? This is supposed to be about public service, not about power. I know, I know, I know, but still

citrus on October 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Wiki estimates her net worth as around 12.5 million in 2008. However,that does not reflect all the property she owns which probably bumps her to over 30 million. Her husband is also a multimillionaire. Year ago, I saw her net worth as over 26 million.

IOW, she can buy her own Gulf Stream. Her quality of life will never go down.

Blake on October 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Connecticut Democrat John Larson Is Running 20 Points Behind His 2008 Total.

This is Oct 7, I don’t know how John Larson is doing now.

I wonder if the folks at the C.I.A. is following this race ;)

Dr Evil on October 29, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Riehl World View has a list of all the Alaska Write-Ins!

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2010/10/lisa-murkowski-dude-who-stole-my-list.html

Done That on October 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I see that Lisa claims to be a Republican…I thought she told the AK Republicans to “stick it up…” that she was an Independent candidate, not affiliated with the Republicans. If she is a Republican, then why didn’t she abide by the primary?

Maybe her name should be removed as a Republican.

Hmmmm???

belad on October 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM

No way this woman ever flies on a commercial airliner again. She is done.

JeffinOrlando on October 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

She has her own jet, I’m sure! She just uses “our” jets so she can stick it to the little people! That, and so she can pretend she is reaallly impotent!

I’d love to see her stick around long enough to be told to “shut the hell up, you’re out of time”, by the new leadership!

Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

AllosaursRus on October 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

I think Grandma has some explainin to do. I bet there is a stack of investigations that the Republicans haven’t been able to move through the house since she has been Speaker.

Congressman Darrell Issa to Conduct Investigations of Obama White House If GOP Takes Over Congress

George Soros has been to the White House four times, since Obama was sworn in. WHY was George Soros visiting the People’s House?

Dr Evil on October 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

She’s not going anywhere.

rrpjr on October 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Pelosi Democratic compatriots have given her the choice, leave of your own free will or be banished.

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Maybe the Anti War Left let Obama off the hook for investigating the previous administration -they claimed war crimes……but that was another time, and the Tea Party Folks are nothing like the Anti War Left…there better be investigations. I want to know everything that has been going on since Nancy Pelosi got that gavel back in January of 2007 -EVERYTHING.

The American People are long over due for some Congressional Oversight.

Dr Evil on October 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM

“I know Darth Vader’s really got you annoyed
But remember, if you kill him, then you’ll be unemployed”
Oh, my Yoda
Yo-yo-yo-yo Yoda

J_Crater on October 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch! Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead. Wake up – sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed. Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She’s gone where the goblins go, Below – below – below. Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out. Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low. Let them know The Wicked Witch is dead! Mayor As Mayor of the Munchkin City, In the County of the Land of Oz, I welcome you most regally. Barrister But we’ve got to verify it legally, to see Mayor To see? Barrister If she Mayor If she? Barrister Is morally, ethic’lly Father No.1 Spiritually, physically Father No. 2 Positively, absolutely Munchkins Undeniably and reliably Dead Coroner As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her. And she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead. Mayor Then this is a day of Independence For all the Munchkins and their descendants Barrister If any. Mayor Yes, let the joyous news be spread The wicked Old Witch at last is dead!

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Oh Please! Oh Please!

kirkill on October 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

The people in her district HAVE to know that the GOP is almost certainly going to take the house and she will no longer be Speaker. Why would you bother to vote for someone who is probably going to quit in a week or two anyway. I’m not saying people are going to vote against her, but alot of people might not even bother to show up.

Mord on October 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Indeed. Can you imagine the folks back home reading this: “Once you’ve been Speaker of the House, why would she just want to be a Member of Congress?”

In other words, her entire tenure in office was never about serving the voters of CA’s 8th district and vigorously promoting their interests, it was always about Ms. Pelosi serving her own ambitions. Once her prestige among the DC elite is gone & she loses all the accoutrements of her party position, she’s outta there – and even the pretense of any supposed devotion to her constituents’ vital needs & wishes is immediately discarded.

It’d be silly for her supporters to waste the gas getting to the polling place & even more silly to expend the energy required to pull the lever for someone even her own colleagues now admit was only in it for the feather in her cap, not in it for the benefit of her district.

leilani on October 29, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I’ve been predicting this right here in the HA comments for quite a while. Why would she – one of the most powerful people in the nation – resort to being just another rank and file member of Congress? It goes against her gigantic ego. It makes perfect sense that if she loses the gavel she will move on entirely.

dczombie on October 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Elections have consequences! ;)

surrounded on October 29, 2010 at 1:37 PM

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on October 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

The off-topic plugs for your blog are getting tedious.

AsianGirlInTights on October 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The economy is getting a boost from me on November 3, because I’m calling it Christmas Day.

Chris of Rights on October 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

AsianGirlInTights on October 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Getting?

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

:D

ladyingray on October 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Tease

BrideOfRove on October 29, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Gee – that’s too bad. Without that biga$$ gavel, what will she use to keep the door from hitting her on the way out?

kscheuller on October 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

So, she might be gone, gone gone… ?

Midas on October 29, 2010 at 2:03 PM

All that will remain will be to see whether she tries to fly home on a chartered military jet.

After what Pelosi did to the Democratic brand, I’d be surprised that if they lose big on Tuesday, the House Democrats don’t demand that SHE WALK HOME, SHOELESS.

If the tidal wave is big enough, both she and Reid are going to get tarred and feathered. From the left for ‘no doing enough’; from the right for ‘arrogant misuse of power’.

GarandFan on October 29, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Nancy Pelosi looking for greener pastures rather than suffer the humiliation of returning to back-bencher status

either scenario = saahhhweeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!

huskerdiva on October 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM

If Nancy quits, it is because she sees the huge target on the rump of Reid and doesn’t think she wants to go through it. This means that perhaps even SAN FRAN may be up for grabs soon!

jeffn21 on October 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

She has been awful quiet the last few weeks.

Some of her statements in the last year have been sufficiently nutty for me to imagine she might have slipped a gear or two under all the stress. “Pass the bill to find out what’s in it” has to rank as one of most clueless statements heard in Congress.

She should have retired years ago. Get some good docs and nice meds…go talk to the grapes in the vineyard.

Harry Schell on October 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

HAExpert on October 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Things wrong with all your posts:

1. You’re a self glossed “Expert” without credentials
2. You have the same link twice – it’s rude
3. Your posts are all one liners designed to get your link out there – nothing but spam

fossten on October 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Good thinking, Ed.

I would only add that Speakers get a monster retirement package. It includes funding for offices, staff, and travel, so they can pretend to be relevant forever.

HelenW on October 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Let’s save Nancy the disgrace of resigning by having her not re-elected in the first instance. We can never trust democraps to do what they say, so the voters have to do the democraps first before the democraps do the voters in.

eaglewingz08 on October 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM

As far as I am concerned, she gave up the ghost when she facilitated the House from passing a federal budget before the election. We call such souls ROADies: Retired On Active Duty.

She need not bother to show up for the lame duck session.

itzWicks on October 29, 2010 at 2:52 PM

they have a hard time imagining the 70-year-old, independently wealthy California Democrat would want to return to the less-powerful post that she held for four years before becoming Speaker in 2007, particularly after having spent the past four years driving the Congressional agenda country into the ground.

Fixed it.

American Elephant on October 29, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Totally OT but fun factoid: GW and GWH Bush to throw out first pitches in Game 4 of World Series on Sunday. Nolan Ryan to throw out first pitch in Game 3. Take that Obama.

txmomof6 on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Go Rangers!
Also – Buh-bye Nancy, buh-bye!

redwhiteblue on October 29, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Totally OT but fun factoid: GW and GWH Bush to throw out first pitches in Game 4 of World Series on Sunday. Nolan Ryan to throw out first pitch in Game 3. Take that Obama.

txmomof6 on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Thanks. If it was offered to Bammie, I think he would have to turn it down. His narcissism could not handle the boos that he would get, and his pitch would get more laughs than John Stewart did at his expense.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

No, no, no! I don’t want to see Piglosi retire. I want to see her kicked out with the voters boot up her you know what.

steelman on October 29, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Why wouldnt that make the point to not wait for her to resign, just vote her out now. Run ads saying that.

If she is going to quit if the Dems lose, which that is all but guaranteed about now, then do yourself proud and tell her she is not wanted. Fire her before she quits.

WoosterOh on October 29, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Gosh I should vote democratic to keep nanny nan from quitting.

Dhuka on October 29, 2010 at 4:29 PM

So now that she’s gonna lose her perks, she’s taking a hike. She’s a perfect example of a “public servant” who thinks the public exists to serve her.

She is even more despicable and disgusting than we thought.

JerseyJeff on October 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Be gone. Now.

saiga on October 29, 2010 at 4:43 PM

But, FIRST, she’ll have another face-lift.

Lourdes on October 29, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Hugo Chavez needs a solid #2.

Pelosi could fill in for either interpretation.

nico on October 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

It will be sweet to see her go.

dogsoldier on October 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I’m getting images of The Little Guy (“Master”) being lowered into the pig-sty after he loses his seat atop “Blaster”.

Lourdes on October 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

The people of her district think she’s the lady of the manor. Too many of them are the kind who’d basically bow and scrape as she walks by. They’ll vote for her basically to give her the opportunity to anoint a successor.

JEM on October 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM

No way this woman ever flies on a commercial airliner again. She is done.

JeffinOrlando on October 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

She has her own jet, I’m sure! She just uses “our” jets so she can stick it to the little people! That, and so she can pretend she is reaallly impotent!

I’d love to see her stick around long enough to be told to “shut the hell up, you’re out of time”, by the new leadership!

Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

AllosaursRus on October 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Here’s what I recall from reading about this issue as it developed right after Pelosi became Speaker of the House:

…she “required/requires” aircraft to be available to her exclusively (that means, on standby, ready, 24/7, 365/year);

…she requires aircraft of ability that can fly non-stop from D.C. to SFO and back if/as needed by her desires, 24/7 and 365;

…she requires aircraft at the ready (24/7, 365) that can fly non-stop coast-to-coast that will (also) accommodate her family/relations/friends as she deems wanted at any time.

SINCE the aircraft assigned to Speaker isn’t specifically THAT “exclusive,” Pelosi announced she’d use her own plane but Military would not allow that for obvious security reasons, and insisted on Pelosi/Speaker using aircraft that filled purposes for previous Speakers.

Pelosi objected because THAT/THOSE aircraft furnished by Military wouldn’t fit the “requirements” Pelosi had (not sitting at the ready 24/7, 365, not large enough to fly non-stop coast-to-coast and back at her whim, not luxurious enough to accommodate her concept of private jet-transport, etc.

Military eventually “upped” the standards of what aircraft they provided to Pelosi as Speaker to ensure their control of aircraft for security purposes, but at that point, I lost track after Pelosi began “demanding” an aircraft with a private bedroom for her use in flight.

Lourdes on October 29, 2010 at 5:59 PM

And, as regards “previous Speaker” and aircraft Military provided to him while he was in office (Hastert), what I also read was that though Hastert flew in planes provided at the ready by Military, the planes were not “luxurious” but were secure, and they didn’t fly “non-stop coast-to-coast” but made stops at certain airports…

Pelosi objected to those “inconveniences”…and lack of indulgences while in flight.

Lourdes on October 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Good analysis here. She definitely allowed the GOP to withdraw. Instead, Democrats nibbled their own bill to death so that even people who wanted HCR are disappointed today.

I always thought a public option made sense. But the Dems got to take full responsibility for the mess they created.

And, yes, that has ushered in an opportunity for the GOP.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 6:04 PM

DON’T KID YOURSELVES FOLKS!

I’ve unfortunately lived in and near San Francisco my entire life, and just as unfortunate, Pelosi has been in politics here my entire life. I find it extremely unlikely that she will quit under any circumstance. She is, and has always been, addicted to the power that her political positions have provided. The only thing that will remove her from office is some sort of health problem.

JeffVader on October 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I agree. Her stepping down is probably fantasy. The other part, however, is a very good analysis. She’s not as sharp as Obama says. Her strategy backfired, bigtime.

AnninCA on October 29, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Gee – that’s too bad. Without that biga$$ gavel, what will she use to keep the door from hitting her on the way out?

kscheuller on October 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Even if there were no other good reasons, and there are many, I would hate her for those smirky gavel pics alone

clnurnberg on October 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

All that will remain will be to see whether she tries to fly home on a chartered military jet.

I suggest she fly home on her broom!!

thirdtart on October 29, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Alright people, if you weren’t motivated to vote before you should be now . . . let’s drive Nancy out of town.

rplat on October 29, 2010 at 6:53 PM

DON’T KID YOURSELVES FOLKS!

I’ve unfortunately lived in and near San Francisco my entire life…She is, and has always been, addicted to the power that her political positions have provided….

JeffVader on October 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I take these as sage words from a local victim of Queen Cruella’s career…but, just a whiff of this being true!

SON, THIS IS BUMPERSTICKER FODDER!

This, even as a fourth-hand rumor, would be enough to cheer anyone with any lingering doubt about Republicans being “just more of the same” into driving their sorry butts to the polls come Tuesday, on the off-chance of a the Bay Area Gorgon slinking off into a well-deserved obscurity!

I don’t trust the Generally Obtuse Party any more than the next schmoe, and believe that they bear watching…having already early-voted, I can regale anyone dull enough to be interested with the tale of me holding my nose while making “X”‘s on the ballot…the fingernail marks are still in my nostrils…people as me if they’re impressions from my glasses….

…but the prospect, however remote, of shedding Pelosi from the body politic like a sated tick unable to suck further…now, brothers and sisters, that’d be the cherry on top of the sundae!

…imagine…Reid and Pelosi with the same stone…delicious….

Puritan1648 on October 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

“All that will remain will be to see whether she tries to fly home on a chartered military jet.”

I suggest she fly home on her broom!!

thirdtart on October 29, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I assume she will return to her home planet.

slickwillie2001 on October 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

The only thing that will remove her from office is some sort of health problem.

JeffVader on October 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Does fiscal insanity and delusions of granduer qualify?

wubu on October 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

So . . . how about one last ad for John Dennis (R), candidate for CA-8:

If she’s just going to quit, why not vote for someone who promises to stay and represent you?

My name is John Dennis and I approved this message.”

Trochilus on October 29, 2010 at 10:17 PM

She’ll fly first class. No way she’d be in economy with the great unwashed.

Wethal on October 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

First class ain’t what it used to be. How would you like to be the TSA person to have to pat that dwn?

katy the mean old lady on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

All that will remain will be to see whether she tries to fly home on a chartered military jet.

You win the internet Ed.

Yakko77 on October 29, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Swamp draining = cleaning the Pelosi Poo outta our Nation’s capitol.

TN Mom on October 29, 2010 at 11:01 PM

If she leaves it will prove she never really gave a crap about representing the people.

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Geraldo saying on O’Rielly that Obama has lost popularity so fast because he has tried to govern honestly from the center!

BWAAAAAAHHHAAAAAAHHHHHAAAA!!!!!!

Mr_Magoo on October 29, 2010 at 11:34 PM

So . . . how about one last ad for John Dennis (R), candidate for CA-8:

“If she’s just going to quit, why not vote for someone who promises to stay and represent you?

My name is John Dennis and I approved this message.”

Trochilus on October 29, 2010 at 10:17 PM

NOW WE’RE TALKIN!

JeffVader on October 30, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Technical question: if she resigns from congress, does she retain immunity against arrest? I would think this plays into her decision.

Vashta.Nerada on October 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I predicted that she’d resign MONTHS ago when the Democrats lost the Majority status in the House…

Way too much hubris for her to “ride in the back of the car”…

Heh heh heh…

Khun Joe on October 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

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