Pelosi: Don’t blame me for the midterm disaster

posted at 2:15 pm on November 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Nancy Pelosi attempted to set the record straight in an NPR interview today about the reason her House caucus will be at least 60 members fewer in January.  It’s not her fault, Pelosi insists.  She’s just a victim of the economic environment that, er, her caucus spent nine months ignoring on their march to pass a bill that the majority of Americans didn’t want in the first place:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has the “overwhelming support” of fellow Democrats in her bid to become minority leader in the next Congress, and says she’s not to blame for the Democrats’ mid-term debacle.

“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in aninterview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

Instead, the California Democrat attributes the loss of at least 60 seats to high unemployment and “$100 million of outside, unidentified funding.”

“Any party that cannot turn (9.5% unemployment) into political gains should hang up the gloves,” she said.

Why won’t she step down and let fresh blood into Democratic leadership?  Because, that would mean that Republicans had won, or something:

We don’t let the Republicans choose our leaders and again, our members understand, they made me a target because I’m effective, politically and policy-wise.

Yes … and it worked, too, which is why the GOP would have demanded that Pelosi stay in position to let them do it again in 2012 if they had for a moment thought that Democrats would be foolish enough to seriously consider it.  If Republicans could choose the leaders for the House Democrats, they would not only have nominated Pelosi for Minority Leader but might have passed an exception to the rule and put Alan Grayson in as Minority Whip as well.

Not all Democrats are that foolish, though, and some of them are now targeting Pelosi’s power structure in addition to her campaign to keep leading her caucus.  Dan Boren wants the process for naming key leadership posts changed so that Pelosi can no longer stack the deck with her cronies and toadies:

Two new fronts opened up in the intraparty battle over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday, as Blue Dog Democrats trained their sights on the California Democrat’s power to appoint allies to influential party posts.

Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) told POLITICO he wants the Democratic Caucus to vote on new rules that would strip the party leader of her de facto power to appoint the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and her top lieutenants on the Steering and Policy Committee, which hands out legislative committee assignments and makes recommendations on other important party matters.

Boren was joined in the call for new rules governing the election of the DCCC chairman by Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.). Both are avowed foes of Pelosi’s bid to become minority leader after Democrats lost at least 60 seats and control of the House in last week’s mid-term election.

This is starting to turn into an ugly civil war on that side of the House, at a moment when Pelosi needs to keep her caucus together for a tough lame-duck session.  As more Democrats publicly announce opposition to her plans to continue in leadership, momentum will grow for her removal or at least stripping her position of the political clout she will need to survive.  That will impact her ability to shape legislation in the last few days of her tenure as Speaker, and if it does, the remaining caucus will have to decide whether a woman who led them into an unprecedented electoral defeat is really worth the trouble it will take to keep her in power.


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While I love the “one-armed man” headline…the blame really comes down to “BOOOOOOOOSHHHHHHH!”

search4truth on November 12, 2010 at 2:17 PM

She reminds me of the those old Family Circus comics with Ida Know and Knot Me getting blamed for everything

ConservativePartyNow on November 12, 2010 at 2:18 PM

“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in aninterview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

Instead, the California Democrat attributes the loss of at least 60 seats to high unemployment and “$100 million of outside, unidentified funding.”

And whose fault is the high unemployment, Nancy? Is it maybe possible that your party’s agenda which has been rammed through under your leadership is in part responsible for the unemployment rate increasing by 5% since you became Speaker?

Doughboy on November 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Ed what I really want to know is, when can we take the keys to the jet away from her? Soon I hope. I am tired of looking at the contrail she leaves behind.

Dr Evil on November 12, 2010 at 2:20 PM

“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in aninterview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

Agreed. It was a team effort.

fusionaddict on November 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Let her keep on denying it. That keeps the message going that “they just don’t get it.”

Remember her and the CIA story? This woman doesn’t know how to lose to win.

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Ah, so good to see Pelosi The Defanged again having thoughts and visions of swimming in Eygpt………as in being in “‘de Nile”.

pilamaye on November 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in aninterview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

It seems to me as if she believes that by saying this….she can then accuse those who oppose her, of being liars, or traitors to the party. My God, this woman doesn’t need to be in Congress, she needs to be in a straight jacket.

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Obama has signalled in his own messages that he agrees with her.

That is the official party line as a result.

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Maybe the Dems should consult Linda McMahon and incorporate WWF marketing tactics into their caucus.

Would be a great fundraiser on Pay Per View.

Awesome!!!!!

SayNo2-O on November 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM

It was that iceberg. It got right in our way.

Cicero43 on November 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Doesn’t this kind of go hand in hand with leftist loons telling Obama to keep fighting the good fight Ed?

NotCoach on November 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Nancy runs to NPR to find friendly territory but don’y anybody out there think it is an all liberal outfit.

Conan on November 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

two words: mentally unstable person

Comrade Pelosi is doing a great job for us

Kini on November 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

About as close as I’ve ever seen an American using what amounts to the “Royal We” and being 100% serious about it.

Nauseating narcissism it is.

Shirotayama on November 12, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Nancy runs to NPR to find friendly territory but don’y anybody out there think it is an all liberal outfit.

Conan on November 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Nancy and NPR are in panic mode

Kini on November 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

“Any party that cannot turn (9.5% unemployment) into political gains should hang up the gloves,” she said.

We agree, Nancy. Therefore, you and the rest of the Dems that didn’t get ousted should go ahead, ‘hang up the gloves’ and resign, m-kay? Thanks.

Midas on November 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

looks like Allen West is going to have to step on some Democrats to get at nancy’s gavel.

sweet.

ted c on November 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

LOL! Of course not, she’s just one part of Obama-Pelosi-Reid TRIANGLE of POWAHHH!!!

abobo on November 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Before election day, I drove back from Connecticut to Virginia. In going through Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, ALL of the political ads on AM radio for Republican candidates mentioned Obama and Pelosi. She can tell herself whatever she wants to hear to make herself feel better, but she’s still to blame for the pounding Democrats took.

olesparkie on November 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Well maybe the dems didn’t lose SOLELY because of you Nancy, but you did sell a few seats for us. So Cheers to you!

Zaggs on November 12, 2010 at 2:29 PM

If Nancy cannot survive and become minority leader, she’ll be gone within a year. At this point she’ll say or do anything to survive politically.

As for pushing Clyburn to the side to make room for Hoyer, aren’t the Democrats aware of how this is going to look to BLACK people? Or do they really not care?

GarandFan on November 12, 2010 at 2:29 PM

“Any party that cannot turn (9.5% unemployment) into political gains should hang up the gloves,” she said.

Pot, meet Kettle.

Shirotayama on November 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM

She’s just a victim of the economic environment that, er, her caucus spent nine months ignoring on their march to pass a bill that the majority of Americans didn’t want in the first place:

Didn’t Obama say, ahead of Nov. 02, that the liberals believe in science and facts?

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Right on, Nancy! You’re accomplishments are of a historic nature. You’re not the problem, the American people are. ;)

FloatingRock on November 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Pass the popcorn. The upcoming leadership fight promises to be fun. Boren and Pelosi in a cage match to the death 2012.

simkeith on November 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Didn’t Obama say, ahead of Nov. 02, that the liberals believe in science and facts?

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Of course they do, but sometimes they have to shake the 8 ball a few more times, to get that desired, scientific, factual answer. ;)

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I’m convinced that Nancy is someone who really, really takes inordinate pride in winning that position as the first woman, etc. She’s on a mission to defend her legacy.

That is always a mistake.

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in aninterview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

Well, maybe OUR (Republican) members accept that! Thanks a million! (or at least 61, for every new seat).

Instead, the California Democrat attributes the loss of at least 60 seats to high unemployment and “$100 million of outside, unidentified funding.”

If it’s unidentified, how does she know it’s “outside” and how much it adds up to?

But maybe Pelosi is right, the Democrats didn’t lose because of HER. A certain Barack Hussein Obama agrees, “the difference between 1994 and 2010 is now you have me.”

1994: Democrats lost 52 House seats. 2010: Democrats lost 61-67 House seats, depending on the final result of close undecided races.

So the Obama difference is -9 to -15 House seats. Is that what you meant to say, Madam Former Speaker? Do you think that The Won Egobama will endorse YOU to lead the minority out of the wilderness?

The wheels on the bus go round and round. Over whom will it roll next?

Steve Z on November 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 2:36 PM

LOL An example. Nancy sits on her throne, shaking the 8 ball, asking….Health care, or jobs? The answer: Go for it!

As Paul Harvey said….and that’s the rest of the story! *sigh*

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 2:38 PM

1 Dems didn’t lose because of Empress Pelosi.
2 GOP won because they used the Empress as a target.

How in heck do you square those two things.

This is starting to turn into an ugly civil war on that side of the House,

Gotta run out and get more popcorn.

rbj on November 12, 2010 at 2:39 PM

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Unfortunately, and I hope I’m wrong, the only legacy Nancy will have fulfilled from her years as Speaker is….women will be looked at with suspicion from here on out. It may be years, before either party elects a woman to the Speakers position.

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Nancy runs to NPR to find friendly territory but don’y anybody out there think it is an all liberal outfit.

Conan on November 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Pelosi: “Could I have an interview with Juan Williams? What do you mean, Fox News?

Steve Z on November 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

“Remain calm! All is well!”

James on November 12, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Denial is not a river in Egypt, Nancy…

… just sayin’.

Seven Percent Solution on November 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM

new rules that would strip the party leader of her de facto power to appoint the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and her top lieutenants on the Steering and Policy Committee,

That sounds like a description of the role of a Communist Party leader, not something for the US House of Representatives.

pedestrian on November 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM

God bless Nancy Pelosi.

Thank you for your stewardship of the House Donks and may we see more, lots more, of the same for the next two years!

Bruno Strozek on November 12, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Unfortunately, and I hope I’m wrong, the only legacy Nancy will have fulfilled from her years as Speaker is….women will be looked at with suspicion from here on out. It may be years, before either party elects a woman to the Speakers position.

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Actually Hillary’s image has gotten better over time, which counteracts that. Obama and the all the corruptocrats in the House have done the real damage in stereotypes.

pedestrian on November 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM

This is starting to turn into an ugly civil war on that side of the House, at a moment when Pelosi needs to keep her caucus together for a tough lame-duck session.

I’m likin’ this a lot. Now, if Clyburn gets shouldered aside and the CBC starts a racial food fight, it’ll be Christmas early.:)

a capella on November 12, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Wow, she’s as delusional as Obama sounded in his presser early this morning from Seoul. Maybe we can get them a double room specially outfitted with padded walls?

Greyledge Gal on November 12, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Every time I see a picture of Nancy Pelosi, I have flash backs to that old movie “Mars Attacks”. …the one where George Foreman was a Vegas bit actor….acting as a Vegas bit actor …

percysunshine on November 12, 2010 at 2:48 PM

As for pushing Clyburn to the side to make room for Hoyer, aren’t the Democrats aware of how this is going to look to BLACK people? Or do they really not care?

GarandFan on November 12, 2010 at 2:29 PM

And the black voting block options? Could you imagine what would happen to any black “leader” that would suggest that, even just this one time, they vote for a Republican?

Black leaders MUST denigrate ALL conservative blacks, or they risk losing their 98% voting block.

When was the last time your employees or kids did what they were told 98% of the time?

barnone on November 12, 2010 at 2:49 PM

“It was the one-armed economy”

though incredibly amusing, it also encapsulates this crackpot’s denial, lack of seriousness, and general disregard for her constituents’ intelligence (if they have any)

Shambhala on November 12, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I’m telling you — January 3 — U.S. Capitol — Nancy’s locked in the Speaker’s office, giant gavel in hand, refusing to obey Capitol Police orders to come out and give the room up to Mr. Boehner unless she’s named Ruler for Life of the House Democratic Caucus. It’s going to be like Jimmy Cagney at the end of “White Heat”.

jon1979 on November 12, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Unfortunately, and I hope I’m wrong, the only legacy Nancy will have fulfilled from her years as Speaker is….women will be looked at with suspicion from here on out. It may be years, before either party elects a woman to the Speakers position.

capejasmine on November 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Agreed. I think she is the reincarnation of Lucretia Borgia or Catherine de Medici. Or the main character in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes”.

Hopefully, the distrust will only apply to liberal women . . .

Greyledge Gal on November 12, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I hope she maintains her leadership. I really, really do.

Rod on November 12, 2010 at 2:52 PM

That make Obama and Pelosi having not learned a blessed thing from the election. Odd man out is Harry Reid, but I’m sure he will eventually show that the election was nothing to worry about.

J_Crater on November 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM

I see the ghosts of Dan Rather in her words.

madmonkphotog on November 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Pelosi is from Mars.

percysunshine on November 12, 2010 at 2:54 PM

“Our members do not accept that.”

My collie says:

Yeah, right, as if your flying monkeys had ANY say in the matter.

CyberCipher on November 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM

My take is that what she honestly thinks she’s accomplished is that she executed what her president asked. That’s her “high ground.”

Now, color me suspicious, but I think she’s savvy enough to know all along that Obama was seeking to toss her and others under the bus. He’d be reelected. Their accomplishments would be modified. He’d act like it was acceptable because they retained his real goal/principles, the new political by-word.

And her failure would be hers.

I honestly think she’s playing chicken with the WH. After all, Pelosi was a key member of the group who PICKED him. She always knew Hillary wouldn’t be easy to manipulate or control.

Obama is trying to jump out of the pocket. And she’s not going to let him.

That’s my devious thinking side coming through. I don’t really think they sit around and think this way. I think it’s just subconscience playing in the back of some odd positions being taken now.

He was suppose to be in their pocket. He flipped the tables quickly. He insisted on Health Care, and then he simply dumped it into her lap to make happen. Well, the truth was that the base was wild about the idea of a single-payer plan.

From the minute those words came out of his mouth, they started lathering.

She was doomed. And that was NOT the proper payoff for defeating Hillary Clinton.

She’s almost more determined to keep his feet to the fire than anything else, is my guess.

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Is there a “Hire Pelosi” fund I can donate to?

franksalterego on November 12, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Black leaders MUST denigrate ALL conservative blacks, or they risk losing their 98% voting block.

When was the last time your employees or kids did what they were told 98% of the time?

barnone on November 12, 2010 at 2:49 PM

No, I don’t think that’s the case. I think the Black conservatives are in very good position, actually. They did what we all respect: They won.

I don’t think that means their base is Black.

No, that will remain with Obama.

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 3:06 PM

And sure enough, Obama team comes back out with yet another “accolade” for her.

This is what we used to call in corporate….a really, really big pocketwatch, saying good-bye.

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I’m sick of looking at the helmet hair, the big, toothy, Jimmeh Cawtuh grin, and the perpetually surprised eyes (facelift much?), but I don’t think it’s so bad if SanFranNan stays on. She’s made a great punching bag so far, and I think she’s still got a couple of years of lefty bullsh** in her. After 2012, no one will ever vote for a “progressive” again.

RebeccaH on November 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM

botox, got to be the botox. no one can be this stupid without help.

tarpon on November 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Well, it’s not like they could admit that it’s their crackpot policies. lol
Any port in a storm, I guess.

Murf76 on November 12, 2010 at 3:36 PM

We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”

Instead, the California Democrat attributes the loss of at least 60 seats to high unemployment and “$100 million of outside, unidentified funding.”

I so love it when the left is delusional.

Ostriches are indignant.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM

It’s going to be like Jimmy Cagney at the end of “White Heat”.

jon1979 on November 12, 2010 at 2:50 PM

With an explosion and everything?

ladyingray on November 12, 2010 at 3:40 PM

That is the official party line as a result.

AnninCA on November 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM

…because it makes them feel better than reality. 2012 will be even more fun than 2010.

Schadenfreude on November 12, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I think the Democrats need to take their party back from the progressive wing. Would they be called D-baggers?

disa on November 12, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Looks and brains! She really has it all!

Grayson on November 12, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Madame doesn’t possess an ounce of grace or honor, does she. A lady with true class would give up the gavel and give some new blood a chance to serve and wish them well. This delusional old tart will make them pry it of her cold, dead hands rather than concede anything. I hope she makes it as difficult on herself as possibly, this profligate deserves to be publicly humiliated.

scalleywag on November 12, 2010 at 3:51 PM

We don’t let the Republicans choose our leaders

Apparently the voters don’t get to choose either. In 2012, the voters will be able to practice that old cliche, “if all else fails, get a bigger hammer”.

jnelchef on November 12, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I think everyone should call her office and encourage her to stay on as Minority Leader.

bloviator on November 12, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Yeah. It wasn’t OJ’s fault either.

Nanzi, there is a small market in Boston that could use your management skills.

JohnGalt23 on November 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM

It is I,Ensign Pelosi, and I just threw your stinking Democratic party overboard. Now what’s all this crude about no movie tonight?

BruceB on November 12, 2010 at 4:02 PM

When I was a kid, my uncle who lived in Alaska (we lived in Michigan) would get blamed when no one would admit to doing something. My mother would always say “Well, I guess Uncle Wendell did it!” If Pelosi truly thinks this, then she is more insane than I thought.

flytier on November 12, 2010 at 4:23 PM

The gift that just keeps on giving!!

GO NANCY!!

More popcorn please.

Tim_CA on November 12, 2010 at 4:24 PM

She’s just a victim of the economic environment that, er, her caucus spent nine months ignoring on their march to pass a bill that the majority of Americans didn’t want in the first place

She’s just a victim of the economic environment that

errrrrrrrrrr started going south when she and the dems took over congress.

Dec. 2006, Unemployment 4.6% (the worst economy in a gazillion years! The sky is falling!)
And $136 billion in debt.

AKA the good old days!

DSchoen on November 12, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Pelosi, do not step down, we need you running the DNC…stay in the limelight, we rely on your leadership.
You are exactly who you say you are…do not be pushed aside.
Stay in control…but more important, stay in the news.

right2bright on November 12, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Every time I see a picture of Nancy Pelosi, I have flash backs to that old movie “Mars Attacks”. …the one where George Foreman was a Vegas bit actor….acting as a Vegas bit actor …

percysunshine on November 12, 2010 at 2:48 PM

She makes me think of Star Trek, when they would have those grand United-Nations-like Federation meetings of all the different civilizations.

…And now, speaking for the planet Rictus, let’s welcome Princess Nanny!

slickwillie2001 on November 12, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Considering that she thinks that unemployment benefits boost the economy, what else did you expect?

flataffect on November 12, 2010 at 6:40 PM

“Our members do not accept that.”

It’s not like they have a choice Nancy

DSchoen on November 12, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Another great photo of Rep. Pileofit. The frozen smile and bugged out and trying to form a capital “L” on her forehead, to signify she is perfect looser.

MSGTAS on November 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Another great picture of Rep. Phulofit on the lead in, eyes bugged out, smile frozen in place, and her hand trying to form a capital letter “L” for looser on her forehead.

MSGTAS on November 14, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I love it when they eat their own…

Dandapani on November 14, 2010 at 9:23 AM