Pelosi: Hey, I’m not responsible for the budget deal

posted at 2:55 pm on April 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

With both sides attacking the budget compromise up for votes on Capitol Hill today, Nancy Pelosi wants everyone to know one thing:

The former Speaker said Thursday morning that no matter what happens — pass or fail — she takes no “responsibility” for the deal that cuts about $38 billion from last year’s spending deal.

“As is pretty evident House Democrats were not part of that agreement — I’d rather call it an agreement than a deal,” Pelosi said. “I feel no ownership of that or any responsibility to it.”

Pelosi can play Pontius Pilate all she wants — or Lady MacBeth, whichever you prefer — but washing her hands doesn’t take her off the hook for this deal.  For one thing, she’s the leader of her caucus in the House.  If she opposed it, then she would be whipping her team to vote against it and put Republicans on the hook for the deal.  Instead, she won’t even publicly declare how she herself will vote on the bill.  I know that the position of House Minority Leader is usually irrelevant when it comes to floor votes, but Pelosi is putting in extra effort to be purposefully irrelevant.

If she didn’t want to take responsibility for major policy positions, why did she force her caucus to reinstall her as its chief?

Fundamentally, however, Pelosi owns whatever budget ends up being produced.  As House Speaker with a 77-seat majority in the 111th Session, with the Senate and White House controlled by her party, Pelosi could have easily passed nearly any budget she desired.  Instead, Pelosi shirked her responsibilities then as she’s doing now, attempting to evade blame for the government budget.  Democrats unhappy at the cuts coming in the final five months of FY2011 have only one person to blame, and that’s the woman trying desperately to wash her hands in the corner.

On the other hand, Pelosi has found someone to blame for her irrelevancy:

In a tense moment that may well have encapsulated the frustrations of three-plus months in the minority, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi snapped at a top presidential economic adviser, Gene Sperling, during a closed-door meeting between White House aides and House Democratic leaders Wednesday.

“Maybe you could consult with us just once,” Pelosi said, according to one source’s account. Others confirmed the basic content of the stand-out barb from the former speaker in the midst of an active but largely cordial meeting.

Why should they consult a leader who so assiduously avoids leading?


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OT: The house is voting on the spending bill now…

d1carter on April 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

“The incredibly shrinking hulk hag”

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

She is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

So far, 59 Republicans have voted Nay, 179 Yea.

kingsjester on April 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Like her boss, she’s basically lashing out, over things like this:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53151.html

(the Political story in front page headlines)

pambi on April 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

But somehow the House Republicans were responsible for the deficits you helped to rack up between January 2007 and December 2010, Nancy?

steebo77 on April 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Hey Nanzi, The reason we’re looking at a 2011 budget is because you and your filthy caucus was too cowardly to bring a budget with supermajorities before the election. Naw, you’re not responsible–not with a vegetable for a brain.

Western_Civ on April 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

You sure as h311 ain’t!

cjtony97 on April 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I’m sorry nan, you excluded the gop the entire time you controlled congress……how does it feel?

cmsinaz on April 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I feel no ownership of that or any responsibility to it.”

Translation: Nobody on either side asked my opinion or care what I thought. I’m so rownry.

tommyboy on April 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

“As is pretty evident House Democrats were not part of that agreement — I’d rather call it an agreement than a deal,” Pelosi said. “I feel no ownership of that or any responsibility to it.”

The incontinent (in the mouth and the panties) witch fails to state that she was pontificating at Tufts/Boston, while Obama wanted her out of town.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Sorry… Auto-spell caught me … Meant PoliticO story.

pambi on April 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Stretch Marx please go away.

50sGuy on April 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Why would anyone consult the minority leader on anything? After all, isn’t that how ObamaCare and the rest of the crap for the last 4 years was passed in her House?

ButterflyDragon on April 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Budget deal passed 260 to 167…

d1carter on April 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

But…if she passed a budget when she was supposed to, we wouldn’t be talking about “the republican’s budget” now.

DrAllecon on April 14, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Pelosi: Not my fault, not my fault.
Don’t be such a Nancy.
Oh wait.

Amadeus on April 14, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Pelosi can play Pontius Pilate all she wants — or Lady MacBeth, whichever you prefer

Lesley Gore

Christien on April 14, 2011 at 3:02 PM

All the polls and discussions on “who won or lost the budget whatever you call it” are stupid.

The people of the U.S. all lost.

None in Washington are serious. Nancy is just more unserious and insignificant than she imagines at the moment. She’s always been delusional. Send her home. She’s one of the richest hypocrites in town. Lefties fail to look into her life and holdings.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Anybody have a link to the roll call on the CR? My Rep better be one of the 59 that voted against it.

davek70 on April 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Pelosi: Hey, I’m not responsible for the budget deal

(Corrected obvious error in Pelosi quote)

landlines on April 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

I don’t get why Dems/Libs are upset. They wanted no spending cuts and they got not spending cuts.

angryed on April 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Park and lock it! Not responsible!

NeighborhoodCatLady on April 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Not responsible, heh…?

I don’t think so.

Seven Percent Solution on April 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

President Obama’s approach is not a vision consistent with our nation’s founding. Perhaps, as foreseen by Benjamin Franklin, “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” President Obama is correct that there are two competing visions for the future of the nation; one born of our nation’s founders and that honors individual achievement and prosperity, or one that extorts from it.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

To be fair to Nancy she did write the Obamacare bill and the Bank Takeover Act of 2010 bill and the Student Loan Takeover Bill of 2010 and got UI extended to 99 weeks.

She’s entitled to take a break and let someone else lead the charge in the destruction of the country for a while.

angryed on April 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The former Speaker said

Stop and savor that for a moment. You’ve earned it.

Christien on April 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Of course not, but you’re responsible for the budget mess are are in now you dirty old hag! You tripled our national debt after taking over in 2006 and your pal Obamby tripled it AGAIN!

jawkneemusic on April 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

She’s following the Obama model of delegating out responsibility

Kini on April 14, 2011 at 3:14 PM

She may no longer be Speaker, but Empress Pelosi is still the Shirker of the House.

“Maybe you could consult with us just once,” Pelosi said

You mean like all those times you did with the GOP?

rbj on April 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Nancy Pelosi: scum-sucking, cretinous, sagging-skin, flaccid, meatbag in high heels.

The War Planner on April 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

She thinks she’s positioning herself to be Speaker again when the GOP blows it and loses the House in 2012.

fossten on April 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Are you serial?! Are you serial?!

Christien on April 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Democrats are just a treasure trove of true leadership.

Scrappy on April 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

House passes budget plan, heavily.

————-
The Obama-ars-kissers from the Guardian – suffocate from what you dwell in, his caca.

The plan itself is just the opening shot of a mammoth battle. More important were the terms in which he framed the debate. This, he said, was not simply about numbers and figures, but a vision of how America would look in the future. The Ryan plan, he declared, would not simply change the America he knew, it was a fundamentally pessimistic vision of the most powerful country in the world – one which could not afford good roads, or clean air, or to care for the elderly or sick. But under it, America could afford to give tax breaks to the most wealthy. There was nothing courageous about asking for a sacrifice from those who could least afford it and who did not have any clout on Capitol Hill, he said. By casting Democrats as the protectors of the American dream, and Republicans as the wreckers, he began to turn the tables. It was at least a start. A fighting president is better than one who pretends to stay aloof.

He is aloof, alright. But he is also a big liar, a billionaire styled rich who fools the fools.

It’s delicious to see the Europeans suffer over the socilist failures of Obama. It’s sad to see him attempt to destroy America, in their image.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

This should have been in quotes

The Obama-ars-kissers from the Guardian – suffocate from what you dwell in, his caca.

The plan itself is just the opening shot of a mammoth battle. More important were the terms in which he framed the debate. This, he said, was not simply about numbers and figures, but a vision of how America would look in the future. The Ryan plan, he declared, would not simply change the America he knew, it was a fundamentally pessimistic vision of the most powerful country in the world – one which could not afford good roads, or clean air, or to care for the elderly or sick. But under it, America could afford to give tax breaks to the most wealthy. There was nothing courageous about asking for a sacrifice from those who could least afford it and who did not have any clout on Capitol Hill, he said. By casting Democrats as the protectors of the American dream, and Republicans as the wreckers, he began to turn the tables. It was at least a start. A fighting president is better than one who pretends to stay aloof.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Well said war planner

cmsinaz on April 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

San Fran Nan has been petulant since the election. It’s almost as though she understands the election results were as much a repudiation of her and her progressive “values” as they were of Obama and his.

I say “almost” because yesterday at Tufts she said:

But when it comes to a place where there doesn’t’t seem to be shared values, then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now.

So apparently she still believes her values are the country’s values. Whatever, Nancy.

I hope she enjoys the next couple of years (as well as she can from under Obama’s bus) because it’s her last gasp at power (such as it is). She won’t be elected Minority Leader again. Such a sad, yet predictable, ending for the first female Speaker.

SukieTawdry on April 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

“Pelosi: Hey, I’m not responsible. for the budget deal

Fixed!

Dusty on April 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Hey and Peoloser wasn’t responsible for FY2011 budget year of no appropriation bills?

tarpon on April 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM

To me Nancy is 1 word.SKANK!

docflash on April 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Boehner should tell her that she can’t see what’s in it until it passes.

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM

The House on Thursday passed a bill reflecting last week’s agreement to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2011, in a 260-167 vote in which most Republicans supported it, and most Democrats opposed it even though it was brokered by President Obama and has the support of Democratic leaders in Congress.

Looks like Nancy didn’t inform The Hill of her disagreement…

Psycotte on April 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Like a drug addict passed out face-down on the sidewalk in a pool of his own vomit, wearing nothing but a ragged pair of underwear soaked with his own urine, the United States federal government is now beyond the window of opportunity for rational intervention. It is now a basket case of schizonomics where key economic decisions are made by leaders who, instead of following the laws of economics, follow the persistent voices in their own heads. And those voices keep repeating the same disturbing mantra: Spend! Spend! SPEND!

There is no medication strong enough to stop this chorus of fiscal insanity, either, because these voices are not based in reality but rather a kind of economic mental illness that has infected the minds of nearly every lawmaker in America today.

I keep wondering: At what point does all this engineered debt spending become an act of treason against the United States of America?

PatriotRider on April 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Pelosi: Hey, I’m not responsible for the budget deal

That’s more like it

JohnGalt23 on April 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM

One of the leading douchebags of an entire class of douchebags. Congress is a perfect place for Nanzi.

Bishop on April 14, 2011 at 3:46 PM

“Maybe you could consult with us just once,”

Sounds like the lament of a streetwalker.

in_awe on April 14, 2011 at 3:50 PM

This woman is absolutely useless . . .

rplat on April 14, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Roll call vote. Nanzi voted against. Chip Craavack (replaced Jim Oberstar) voted against(yay!) but Dan Beneshek (replaced Bart Stupack) and bummed Peter Roskam in IL-6 voted yea. Time for some emails…

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll268.xml

Renwaa on April 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Profiles in courage. Monument to stupidity

Better

NoFanofLibs on April 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Nancy needs to take her senility and LEAVE!

GarandFan on April 14, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Arrgh PIMF

Profiles in courage. Monument to stupidity

NoFanofLibs on April 14, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Nancy Pelosi is a beer with a freshness date that expired in the last century.

itsspideyman on April 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Don’t you know who I used to be!

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

How do you like these apples?

Obama Has Been Increasing Debt by $1,148 per Household per Month

Nearly Nobody on April 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

It seems nancy is being hidden away. Finally, elected Democrats realize that her Dimentia has gotten to the stage they can no longer hide it….. from anyone. Let’s face it, she should have been institutionalized long ago, though I do enjoy her humiliating herself with her blathering lunacy

Niteowl45 on April 14, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Princess Nana has to be mightily pissed over losing the Air Force 757 for use by her and her extended family, and all the free booze and chocolate strawberries that went with it. I expect it will be many months more before she is over that.

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Are we sure she actually has given it up ?

Anyway, I really wonder just how long it’s gonna be before this woman (apologies to all other women) ends up in a group home.
Seriously, she’s as sad as family members I’ve watched in their declining years…. Cringeworthy.

pambi on April 14, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Of course you’re not, Nancy.

But you are responsible in part for the mess this country is in now. So do with that what you will…because true to form of being a liberal, you’ll pass the buck and blame everyone but yourself. Now git back to your botoxing.

capejasmine on April 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Why should they consult a leader who so assiduously avoids leading?

We talking San Fran Nan or Obam? I’m confused.

chickasaw42 on April 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Aside to Hot Air
Whoever puts the little tag lines under the pictures on the front page — they are consistently excellent. Terse excellence!

Example on this article: “Profiles in courage.” rofl!

DaMav on April 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Daaaaammmmmiiiiiitttt paaaay atention to meeeeeeeeee!!!!!

Tim_CA on April 14, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Pelosi: Hey, I’m not responsible for the budget deal

This is news. Tell me when she was responsible.

J_Crater on April 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM

This is just yo make independents think the right won one

pffft!

Total charade and she’s playing her part

Sonosam on April 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM