Inevitable: Democrats elect Pelosi minority leader; Update: Pelosi’s favorables now lower than Cheney’s

posted at 4:18 pm on November 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

And so not only does Captain Queeg return to the helm of the ship, she does so with overwhelming support from her devastated caucus. 150-43 (on a secret ballot vote, natch), with only Heath Shuler willing to mount a token challenge.

Quoth Slublog, “Pelosi. Murkowski. Good day for politicians that can’t let go of power.”

“There was a lot of unrest in the room for several hours,” Shuler said following the vote, arguing the strength of his challenge “sends a message” that the party needs to change direction…

In a sign of Pelosi’s strength, Democrats voted 129-68 to proceed to a vote earlier in the day over objections from those who sought a delay in order to have more time to mount a viable challenge to Pelosi.

In making his case to the Democratic caucus today, Shuler said the Democratic Party needs to be a “big tent” party. He argued that it can’t take back the majority without a change in leadership, according to a Democratic aide who was in the room. Utah’s Jim Matheson, a Blue Dog who argues “it’s time to shake things up” in the wake of the midterm losses, nominated Shuler.

Pelosi has argued that she should remain in the leadership in part because she knows how to lead Democrats out of the political wilderness, having done so four years ago. She also argues that she is the most effective fundraiser for members of the caucus. She blames the party’s losses on the country’s lingering economic troubles and high unemployment rate, not her leadership.

Yes, truly, the Democratic wave of 2006 was the result of Pelosi’s strategic genius as minority leader, not a backlash to Iraq and Katrina and six years of undivided GOP control of government. Politico, meanwhile, gamely offers a few reasons why this might be a good thing for Democrats, but I can’t quite get past the first one, i.e. that she’s the only liberal in the House with enough national prestige to stand up to Obama if he (giggle) tacks to the center. Even if it were true that there was a meaningful difference between The One’s agenda and Madam Speaker’s, having Pelosi as a counterweight to Obama actually makes it easier for him to tack right, not harder. Sure, the lefty base loves her — just feast your eyes on this — but who cares? They’ll turn out for Obama next cycle anyway, and in the meantime, whenever she challenges him on policy, he can point to her for the benefit of independents and say, “See? How can I be a liberal if Nancy Pelosi’s angry with me?” The One, ironically, may be the only lefty in America who benefits from today’s caucus election, simply because he’s the only one who might be able to turn Pelosi’s bitter political toxicity to his advantage. Had they elected someone else as leader, even someone as far left as Pelosi, then Barney Frank would have been right when he told reporters today that the public doesn’t care about inside baseball stuff like this. As it is, he’s wrong: They will care, but only because it’s Nancy. That’s the ultimate folly of putting her back in charge.

Ah well. This isn’t a moment for righties to point out the left’s strategic errors, it’s a moment to embrace them. If the idea of getting to run against Pelosi again in 2012 isn’t enough to cheer you, here’s a fun item from the Journal about moronic liberals threatening the few surviving Blue Dogs who opposed her; with any luck, that rage will turn into primary challenges, thereby all but ensuring an even bigger GOP majority next cycle. Sounds like a plan. Let the Pelosi attack ads begin!

Update: To grasp the magnitude of what Democrats did today, click here, scroll down, and have a look at Nate Silver’s comparison of various pols’ favorable numbers. Quote: “In fact, Ms. Pelosi is among the least popular politicians in America today — perhaps the single least popular one that maintains an active political role.”


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To the 43: Hey, you know you can switch parties. If you don’t, you can consider your silence as a vote for Pelosi come ’12.

MeatHeadinCA on November 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Message ignored. Stay the course.

Scrappy on November 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Wow, she lost 43 of her own caucus! That’s amazing. That’s enough for a 2/3rds majority to override vetos if Boehner (and us conservatives) are willing to pull the trigger against Obamacare while sacrificing the rest of the agenda.

Apologetic California on November 17, 2010 at 4:21 PM

What kind of perks does she get?

d1carter on November 17, 2010 at 4:21 PM

It’s like Christmas on the Hill!

dczombie on November 17, 2010 at 4:21 PM

This election more than any will spell the answer to the teaparty movement.

No, don’t think this is over.

AnninCA on November 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM

OK Rep Boren elected “Blue Dog” whip.

OkieDoc on November 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM

He didn’t have a chance: he’s pro-gun, pro-life and fiscally moderate. It it were Stephanie Sandlin, then who knows.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on November 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

This is a nice counterweight to the terrible Mulally development.

with any luck, that rage will turn into primary challenges, thereby all but ensuring an even bigger GOP majority next cycle

The 2012 Senate elections are right around the corner, too, and who here doesn’t think the Kos Kidz are going to take sharp aim at the “betrayers” who sided with their constituents over Obama? Jon Tester, Bob Casey, Claire McCaskill, Jim Webb. Expect all of those people to face nontrivial primary opposition, just like Blanche Lincoln.

KingGold on November 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

American people will be taught what is right…she was elected because they don’t believe the American people can stand their onslaught without giving in.
The fact is, ObamaCare would have never passed without Pelosi…as much as she disgusts me, she is effective for their side. Destructive for America, but effective for the left.

right2bright on November 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I’m positively giddy!

doodleduh on November 17, 2010 at 4:25 PM

your funeral libs.
/AP

ted c on November 17, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Fine with me: Queen Nancy is the Leona Helmsley of modern times. Every day that she is the [Botoxed] face of the Democratic Party, we pick up 10,000 votes. Somewhere in NYC, Sean Hannity is laughing his @ss off. These idiots will never learn.

VastRightWingConspirator on November 17, 2010 at 4:27 PM

This was all a kabukey dance, set up so that the blue dogs can say they voted against Pelosi and pretend not to be part of the liberal agenda of the democrat party.

Monkeytoe on November 17, 2010 at 4:27 PM

But no Airplane in Jan. Stand in line and get groped because I’m sure Botox will set off the xray.

Dingbat63 on November 17, 2010 at 4:27 PM

You can count on the Dems to double down on stupid.

bitsy on November 17, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Does this mean tax payers have to keep paying the $18,736 monthly rent on Pelosi’s new office in San Francisco?

The rent – part of Pelosi’s budget, which is funded by taxpayers – is nearly double the next-highest rent in the House: Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., pays $10,600 a month for his Manhattan office, while representatives from Sacramento, Boston and Los Angeles pay nearly that much, the report said.

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-06-15/bay-area/21910882_1_move-offices-house-speaker-nancy-pelosi-new-office

wren on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I love the sound of that …….

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader

fogw on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Schakowsky told colleagues that if they voted to postpone until Dec. 8, the headlines in the next day’s papers would be “Democrats in disarray.”

It can now be said as:

Schakowsky told colleagues that if they voted for Pelosi , the headlines in the next day’s papers would be “Democrats Unite behind Pelosi.”

WashJeff on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

150-43 (on a secret ballot vote, natch), with only Heath Shuler willing to mount a token challenge.

Secret ballot for us, but not for you. Viva Card Check!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I love the sound of that …….

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader

fogw on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Raaaaaaaaaacist.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 17, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Thank you, Democrats! Thank you! You’re the best! We really REALLY appreciate what you’ve just done!

I”m sure Nancy has told you that you “did the right thing”. Just like she told you “There’s no doubt we will keep the House.”

GarandFan on November 17, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Honestly, what does she have on these idiots. Cowards.

NickelAndDime on November 17, 2010 at 4:31 PM

As a political cartoonist, I heartily endorse her as the “Face” of the D’rat Party! Congrats Nancy, you are such a great target!

cartooner on November 17, 2010 at 4:32 PM

He didn’t have a chance: he’s pro-gun, pro-life and fiscally moderate. It it were Stephanie Sandlin, then who knows.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on November 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Sandlin was defeated by Kristi Noem. Sandlin is now no doubt asking her lobbyist husband if his firm is hiring.

Wethal on November 17, 2010 at 4:32 PM

This puts her in a perfect position to challenge Obama in a 2012 primary. If his approval ratings tank she can say “Obama lost his magic, the American people still hate Republicans, and I am the only logical choice, no one can do what I can do, Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Churchill, none of them had my skills, my brains, my sultry looks, the camera loves me, the people love me, and if God came down from heaven to meet me, he’d be damned impressed”.

ardenenoch on November 17, 2010 at 4:33 PM

And so not only does Captain Queeg return to the helm of the ship, she does so with overwhelming support from her devastated caucus. 150-43….

And in 2013, she’ll win re-election as Minority Leader on a 150-0 vote.

steveegg on November 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

The One, ironically, may be the only lefty in America who benefits from today’s caucus election, simply because he’s the only one who might be able to turn Pelosi’s bitter political toxicity to his advantage. Had they elected someone else as leader, even someone as far left as Pelosi, then Barney Frank would have been right when he told reporters today that the public doesn’t care about inside baseball stuff like this. Not true: They will care, but only because it’s Nancy. That’s the ultimate folly of putting her back in charge.

The problem there is that assumes Obama has the huevos to get into a fight with Pelosi and actually confront his liberal special interest base on their pet issues.

Obama might be willing to do a kabuki theater version of that, where he plays the good cop and Nancy pretends to be the bad cop to try and sucker moderate voters. But that would have to be with a behind-the-scenes wink-and-a-nod to liberals, letting them know it’s all just BS for the masses. Unless Harry Reid is willing to come along on this magical trip to Triangulationland, Obama would be shifting to the middle on his own, leaving all the support groups who got him here behind. He doesn’t have the stomach for that kind of adventurism, and given his, Axelrod and the other Team Obama egos, they won’t even think about real Clinton-Morris triangulation until it’s obvious the fake stuff isn’t fooling the swing voters, and he has no choice but to tack right or lose the 2012 election.

jon1979 on November 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Secret ballot for us, but not for you. Viva Card Check!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Comment of the Day™

steveegg on November 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM

ardenenoch on November 17, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Pelosi would get the San Fran vote, that’s about it. That’s all she needed to eventually become speaker. A few hundred thousand pot-smoking hippies and the city’s gay community.

It’s the only place she is popular. Dems in the house who vote for her are expecting, and have been promised something in return. I think most of them deep down inside hate her guts, like the rest of us.

Unelectable outside of a four square mile postage stamp footprint in Kaliforny.

fogw on November 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Message ignored. Stay the course.

Scrappy on November 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Stay the curse.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Huh? Is c-u-r-s-e a banned word?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Pelosi delivers on her threats and keeps her promises, and they all know it.

Wethal on November 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Oh my.

ronsfi on November 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Great break for the GOP.
Pelosi & Co. represent 20 % of the country philosophically and people got a good long look at her 4 year path of destruction.
Now if we can get a semi-competent RNC boss, all she or he has to do is raise the horror of Pelosi in charge again someday.
Talk about a firewall!

jjshaka on November 17, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you Dems for doubling down on stupid! God love ya!

P. Monk on November 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM

The Donks can now proudly wear the “Party of Stupid” crown.

Atta girl, Nancy!

Bruno Strozek on November 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Well at least it wasn’t Reid.. right?!?!/

Couldn’t they find someone different?

upinak on November 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

We can’t very well expect lemmings running full throttle to stop suddenly, now can we? The wonderful thing about these lemmings is that they will always claim the cliff is running at them, not them over it.

Western_Civ on November 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM

He argued that it can’t take back the majority without a change in leadership

Yep.

Welcome back Kotter SanFranNan.

davidk on November 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Pelosi would get the San Fran vote, that’s about it. That’s all she needed to eventually become speaker. A few hundred thousand pot-smoking hippies and the city’s gay community.

fogw on November 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM

..get a gander of a delicious slice of her constituency here.

The War Planner on November 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Pelosi would get the San Fran vote, that’s about it. That’s all she needed to eventually become speaker. A few hundred thousand pot-smoking hippies and the city’s gay community.

fogw on November 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM

FYI – As of this morning, the election results show Pelosi winning in San Francisco with 79.9% of the vote.

http://www.sfelections.org/results/20101102/

wren on November 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM

i say good for shuler, he gave it the old college try…

cmsinaz on November 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM

So they cant get the hole big enough with shovels. They bring in a backhoe! 2012 Republicans= Eagles, Democrats= Redskins
Another massacre.

faol on November 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

..get a gander of a delicious slice of her constituency here.

The War Planner on November 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Gags

Dark-Star on November 17, 2010 at 4:56 PM

It’s like an early Christmas present, and a gift that keeps on giving! Thanks, Democrats!

Prepare to be stunned, alleged WH Insider.

If the Democrats actually make Pelosi the Minority Leader I will be totally stunned. It would be a mistake of monumental proportions. That’s exactly why Republican operatives are actually pushing to make it happen now. It would be a boon to the Republicans. And if I were on their side I would be doing the exact same thing…
[...]
Imagine two more years of anti-Pelosi material heading into the presidential election cycle? How the Democrats could allow such a thing is just…like I said, the party is suffering from temporary insanity. I’m just hoping it doesn’t become terminal.

Rae on November 17, 2010 at 5:02 PM

pelosi says she can still be an effective leader…
lol

where’s my popcorn?

cmsinaz on November 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Tweet of the Day via Legal Insurrection:

House GOP gives Pelosi’s reelection a standing ovation!

INC on November 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM

*wait* Ok go! Now I’m on the edge of my seat.

Claypigeon on November 17, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Pelosi. Murkowski. Good day for politicians that can’t let go of power.

Laugh now. Cry later.

smellthecoffee on November 17, 2010 at 5:13 PM

The libs have sealed their fates in 2012.

ladyingray on November 17, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you Dems for doubling down on stupid! God love ya!

P. Monk on November 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Amen!

katy the mean old lady on November 17, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Related topic: Puppetmaster Soros “disses” Obama. The financier behind the “progressive” agenda doesn’t think that the agenda is moving along fast enough under the rock star. (He is probably relying on the more-confident-than-ever Pelosi.)
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/253495/soros-disses-obama-andrew-stiles

onlineanalyst on November 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

She (Pelosi) blames the party’s losses on the country’s lingering economic troubles and high unemployment rate, not her leadership.

The country fell into its economic troubles and resultant high unemployment rate, to say nothing of foreclosures and bankruptcies, exactly because of her and her party’s “leadership.” It remains in its quagmire state because Pelosi’s “leadership” and ideology are contrary to sound economic principles.

onlineanalyst on November 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM

PALOMINO!!!!!

csdeven on November 17, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I do not believe 0Bama will tack toward the middle like Clinton. Ain’t buying it…

OmahaConservative on November 17, 2010 at 5:51 PM

PALOMINO!!!!!

csdeven on November 17, 2010 at 5:46 PM

What does this reference mean? I took a ten month vacation from politics until the mid-term elections were over…

OmahaConservative on November 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM

The real upside to this is that all those campaign commercials for the House from 2010 can be used in 2012.

J_Crater on November 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM

What does this reference mean? I took a ten month vacation from politics until the mid-term elections were over…

OmahaConservative on November 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM

It’s from an SNL skit. That was the code word Nancy’s office mates used for “uncle” during their…activities.

TexasDan on November 17, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I am so happy Nan decided to stick around…because come January the PROBES and INVESTIGATIONS start, Let’s Party!

ISSA! ISSA! ISSA! chant it with me Darrell Edward Issa mmm mmm mmm Darrell Edward Issa mmm mmm mmm.

Dr Evil on November 17, 2010 at 6:08 PM

TexasDan on November 17, 2010 at 6:03 PM

‘k. Thanks.

OmahaConservative on November 17, 2010 at 6:09 PM

What does this reference mean? I took a ten month vacation from politics until the mid-term elections were over…

OmahaConservative on November 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Welcome to the 2012 campaign. It started 2 weeks ago today.

steveegg on November 17, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Dr Evil on November 17, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I know Darrel, personally, from his days as CEO of Directed Electronics in Vista, CA, and after as a congressman from my time working at San Diego Business Journal. One thing I know about Darrel is he is relentless and driven. Darrel is one of the good guys.

OmahaConservative on November 17, 2010 at 6:14 PM

here’s a fun item from the Journal about moronic liberals threatening the few surviving Blue Dogs who opposed her; with any luck, that rage will turn into primary challenges, thereby all but ensuring an even bigger GOP majority next cycle.

What’s that? Replacing centrists with idealogues via primaries helps ensure victory for the other party?

Well. What an interesting fact. I hope some of us have the sense to remember it in a couple years.

Vyce on November 17, 2010 at 6:45 PM

A gift that keeps on giving!

rjoco1 on November 17, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Pelosi’s favorables now lower than Cheney’s

Not surprising: Cheney protected us from additional terrorist attacks, while Pelosi has a smooth forehead.

LASue on November 17, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader

fogw on November 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Just ask Jim Clyburn and the CBC.

SouthernGent on November 17, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Nancy Pelosi: The gift that keeps giving.

Nice to see she will be prominently featured in the run-up to 2012.

If I could do Howard Dean’s scream, I would do so right about now.

churchill995 on November 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Crazy Aunt Nancy still riding the Golden Pony! Rock on, Nance!

Jaibones on November 18, 2010 at 12:10 AM

What are the budget savings now that the entitlement Queen won’t be taking Air Force Three with her family any longer?

churchill995 on November 18, 2010 at 12:19 AM

This election more than any will spell the answer to the teaparty movement.

No, don’t think this is over.

AnninCA on November 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM

The TEA Party is the answer, either by forcing the Republican Party back towards smaller government and reduced SPENDING, or by replacing it…

Think “Whig”…

Khun Joe on November 18, 2010 at 2:15 AM

So eighty percent of democraps are socialists, and only twenty percent put on the false face to the public of not being socialists at heart. Some ‘mainstream’ party that.

eaglewingz08 on November 18, 2010 at 7:46 AM

How do you spell HARA KIRI? P-E-L-O-S-I.

MaiDee on November 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM

If the GOP and TP do not mop the floor with Dems every single daybetween now and November 6, 2012, they won’t deserve to win a single seat.

If however they show the Dems for the lying, cheating, corrupt bastards they are, the GOP/TP (hopefully more TP than GOP) will own Washington, DC.

Mr. Grump on November 18, 2010 at 8:24 AM