Dems mulling a post-Pelosi future?

posted at 2:01 pm on May 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In a rational world, this headline should have appeared the day after the 2010 midterm elections.  For some reason, despite becoming the poster child for Republicans in the race that won them a net gain of 68 seats in the House, House Democrats decided to keep Nancy Pelosi as their caucus leader.  They talk a big game in 2012 about taking back control after the 2012 election, but privately they wonder what will come next when Pelosi retires after another loss:

“We’re not a party of ‘young guns,’ ” bemoans one senior party strategist, a reference to the 40-something clique of House GOP leaders—Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Kevin McCarthy of California.

“Just look at the landscape. There’s a real dearth of talented, dynamic communicators right now in the caucus,” said the source, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the leadership. “People are either too liberal, or too conservative … or too old.”

That is debatable; that the triumvirate of House Democratic leaders assuredly is not composed of “young guns” is not.

Pelosi, of California, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland are both 72. Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking African-American member of Congress, is 71. By comparison, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is 62, Majority Leader Cantor is 48, and Majority Whip McCarthy is 47.

They have no one to blame but themselves.  The massive defeat should have triggered a general house-cleaning (House-cleaning?) in Democratic leadership, the traditional outcome for heavy losses as voters express no confidence in  previous leadership.  Instead, Pelosi refused to step aside, and Democrats made no concessions to the anger of voters who gave Pelosi’s leadership and majority the boot.

The “real dearth of talented, dynamic communicators” arises from that decision.  After all, the other members of the House Democratic caucus had to be good enough communicators to get elected in the first place.  Instead of testing some of their bench talent, almost all of whom had won more than one election, they kept their sclerotic, failed leaders in place.  That give Democrats no opportunity to see what some of their caucus members might do, and certainly gave voters every indication that they had no regard for their feedback.

Now Democrats want to go back to the voters with the same failed leadership in place and argue for another chance to disgust voters again.  Good luck with that message.


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they will find another seahag. trust.

GhoulAid on May 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

They have Debbie

forest on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Will she be admitted to a mental health facility..?

d1carter on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I have never understood why she is so powerful. What the hell does she have on the dims?

50sGuy on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

ThAT photo looks like…

KKKKAAAAHHHNNNN!

Oil Can on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

… but .. but all Democrats are working to the restoration of Speaker Pelosi to the position where she passed the health care overhaul that is about to be declared un-Constitutional by the SCOTUS.

“People are either too liberal, or too conservative … or too old.”
.. or too stupid or too hacked out.

J_Crater on May 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

People are either too liberal, too conservative, too old…..

Or too plastic.

AllahsNippleHair on May 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Nice pic of Pelosi on the homepage there, Ed.

Excuse me while I rinse out my eyes…

CliffHanger on May 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

They have Debbie

forest on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

lol….how sweet would that be?

Tim_CA on May 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

As long as a Democrat majority in the House would mean Nancy Pelosi was the Speaker, the GOP would be wise to remind voters that the people in San Francisco who elected her to Congress are people whose view of government is that it CAN tell people they cannot buy a goldfish for their child, but it CANNOT tell men they must wear clothing in a restaurant.

radjah shelduck on May 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

In a rational world, this headline should have appeared the day after the 2010 midterm elections the day after Ms. Pelosi was originally named Speaker.

MessesWithTexas on May 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Hey, what about Debbie Wottamanschmutz as an heir apparent?

HomeoftheBrave on May 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

T axed
E nough
A lready

Get rid of the witch. May she fly away with her hammer in hand, in the light blue suit.

On the parties of today. John Kennedy would never recognize his party…and who knows what’s going on with the RINOs. Good on the TEA Party!

In recent decades the Republican Party has become something it really has not been since the Civil War: a radical insurgency bent on upending the prevailing practices of the national government seemingly at any cost. For most of its history the Republican Party was something else entirely: a steward of the status quo. It was the Democrats who were historically on the barricades in the fight for radical change. But the Democrats these days have turned into the stewards—beleaguered defenders of the government and country we have evolved into. The two great national parties have, in some fundamental sense, switched roles during the past 50 years. This inversion—the Big Flip—isn’t neat or exact, but it’s a substantial reality and it’s substantially complete.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

forest on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Beat me to it – 30 seconds late.

HomeoftheBrave on May 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

No way they can pin this on Bush. No way.
They will try, of course.

Jabberwock on May 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Nancy looks like Jessica Walter in ‘Arrested Development’. Seaward line was best evah.

BHO Jonestown on May 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

They’ll need a putty knife to scrape her out.

Flange on May 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Don’t forget Budget Committee Chariman Ryan, age 42.

The Schaef on May 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

But her Faith “compels” her to back Gay Marraige!!!

ToddPA on May 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The lack of a young talented bench for the dems is not just in the House, but also in the Senate and in governor mansions.

We’re all familiar with the 2012 races. Have you seen the 2014 senate races (link)? Assuming there’s no major realignment and red states vote red, then it should be (another) democrat bloodbath.

We have excellent pick up opportunities in AK, AR, IA, NC, LA, MT, NH, SD, VA. We also have shots at pick ups in CO, MI, MN, WV,

The only vulnerable GOP seat I see is Collins in ME. All the other GOP seats are deep red. And there’s some RINO upgrade possibilities, notably Lindsey Graham.

Uncledave on May 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

In a rational world, this headline should have appeared the day after the 2010 midterm elections.  For some reason, despite becoming the poster child for Republicans in the race that won them a net gain of 68 seats in the House, House Democrats decided to keep Nancy Pelosi as their caucus leader.  They talk a big game in 2012 about taking back control after the 2012 election, but privately they wonder what will come next when Pelosi retires after another loss:

Let us not forget that the democrats, as a species, are inherently ignorant.
See Barney Frank, Debbie Wasserman-Schitz, and Harry Reid for more proof.

AllahsNippleHair on May 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

When Pelosi decides to retire, they’ll put up a statue of her in the House.
No, they’ll never learn.

askwhatif on May 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Debbie does the DNC

J_Crater on May 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

so much for my lumch plans.

rayra on May 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

…in the pic…she looks like she’s ready to fling that middle finger UP!
Seniority should not give you leadership…brain cells should be involved!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Pelosi refuses to retire until the EPA allocates a sufficient Superfund grant to safely clean up the toxins in her face when she dies.

Hollowpoint on May 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

What’s “too liberal” for a democrat?

A communist?

lorien1973 on May 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

That is one old, ugly, Marxist bag.

search4truth on May 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Will she be admitted to a mental health facility..?

d1carter on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Naw…she’ll just wander around her mansion in her robe, carrying a giant gavel, waving to all of her imaginary friends and babbling incoherently about war on women, and gays, and the poor, and people of color and….oops, time for oatmeal!

Tim_CA on May 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Three years ago, these folks were just fine. No problem with age at all. Now that all that they did is harming the party, they are getting long in the tooth ?
No way.
What was good then, is good.
What was bad then, is bad.
Live with it Democrats.

Jabberwock on May 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I remember when Harold Ford Jr., was running for the Speaker position he was condescendingly told by the Democrats you’re young you will get your chance…it’s time for the old white lady to leap frog over Jane Harmon into the Speaker ship.

The Democrats are the party of George Soros and until the Democrat party learns that marginalizes them in elections, they will continue to stay in the minority.

Dr Evil on May 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Hey, just think. If she goes, we’ll have to look at Rep.
Rosa DeLauro from Conn. Take a gander at this pic.

Excuse me while I stab my eyes out!

http://emergingcorruption.com/2010/08/security-implications-red-rosa-delauros-communist-party-connection/

ToddPA on May 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Hot Air headline from 2042:

Pelosi about to fall as Minority Leader?

Valkyriepundit on May 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I, for one, am relishing a post-Pelosi future.

Christian Conservative on May 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Dang Coffee Party Extremists. No loyalty.

There’s only one person who could fill Nancy’s Laboutins.

Sheila
Jackson
Lee.

SING IT.

CorporatePiggy on May 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This is one byproduct of hyperpartisan redistricting. Permanently safe seats means people never retire or get defeated at the polls. Only “wave” elections can clean out the deadwood. But it is interesting that the wave of 2006 pretty much did that to the Republicans, but the 2012 wave didn’t do it to the Democrats.

rockmom on May 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

What’s “too liberal” for a democrat?

A communist?

lorien1973 on May 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Van Jones disproves that theory.

Christian Conservative on May 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

“Just look at the landscape. There’s a real dearth of talented, dynamic communicators right now in the caucus,” said the source, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the leadership.

They need Anthony Weiner back. Now there was a real young “gun”.

Mr. Arkadin on May 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

With Hank Johnson as Minority Leader.

CorporatePiggy on May 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The “real dearth of talented, dynamic communicators” arises from that decision. After all, the other members of the House Democratic caucus had to be good enough communicators to get elected in the first place. Instead of testing some of their bench talent, almost all of whom had won more than one election, they kept their sclerotic, failed leaders in place.

I asked this question over a year ago, but it bears repeating. Who is the future of the Democrat Party? At any level of government? Look at who they have in place at the top in Congress? Pelosi. Hoyer. Frank(who’s retiring). Debbie What-a-dumb Schmuck(who’s a dumb schmuck). Chuck Schumer. The Congressional Black Caucus. These are the people who are going to lead this party in the post-Obama era which is fast approaching?

Hell, look at the names being floated for 2016. Hillary who’ll be 69. Biden who’ll be the same age. That’s the best they can do? Andrew Cuomo will make a run for it, I’m certain. But New York politicians have a hard time appealing to the rest of the nation in general elections.

Contrast this with the GOP who have up and coming stars like Paul Ryan, Allen West, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, and Scott Brown(if he wins that seat twice, he’s a star). Which party’s future would you rather bet on right now, regardless of what happens in this general election?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Posh Dems, the Party of Old Smelly Hippies.

faraway on May 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

They need Anthony Weiner back. Now there was a real young “gun”.

Mr. Arkadin on May 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

You joke about it, but he really was one of their biggest rising stars(no puns please) in the party. And they lost him and his seat due to his transgressions. I’m telling you. They have no one to lead this party going forward.

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

We talk about the ‘greatest generation’, the generation that fought WWII and came home to build America into the survivor of the superpower era.

The progressives have a different ‘greatest generation’, for them it’s the generation that opposed Vietnam, threw Nixon out, and battled Reagan.

For them, the Obama administration is the culmination of everything they’d fought for back when they were young.

Around here the cars with the most Obama stickers are piloted by scrawny old white folks.

JEM on May 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

When Pelosi decides to retire, they’ll put up a statue of her in the House.
No, they’ll never learn.

askwhatif on May 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Hopefully it’s a tabletop version.
Botox ain’t cheap.

Electrongod on May 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

term limits. term blanking limits.

wheeling what i think was bobby big byrd’s near kkkorpse into the obamacare vote should have clued them in that their average age was post post retirement.

mittens on May 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

CorporatePiggy on May 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I do believe you’re right. SJL would be the same caliber caucus circus leader as Nanzi

Shay on May 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I have never understood why she is so powerful. What the hell does she have on the dims?

50sGuy on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

90% of them are okay with everything about her.

arnold ziffel on May 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Get rid of the witch. May she fly away with her hammer in hand, in the light blue suit.

Whoa there, Nelly.

I’m not convinced she’s a witch, and she is entitled to due process.

So lets tie a rock to her feet and toss her into the lake. If she floats, she’s a witch. If she drowns, she wasn’t a witch.

BobMbx on May 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The main reason the Democrats will not take back the house; two words, Nancy Pelosi.

Most people can’t even follow, much less understand 99% of the gibberish that comes out of her mouth.

But she does have her loyal clique of lemmings who will follow her over a cliff.

GarandFan on May 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

And with DWS leading the dnc to boot

Lol

cmsinaz on May 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

What Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats promised in 2006 in order to win the 2006 elections and control of Congress:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

What Nancy Pelosi promised on January 4, 2007 when she became Speaker of the House:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House from January 4, 2007 to January 3, 2011. How much new debt was created during her 4 years as speaker?

Go to Debt to the Penny, and search on the period 1/4/2007 – 1/3/2011.
01/03/2011 $13,997,932,781,828.89
- 01/04/2007 $8,670,596,242,973.04
———————————————–
$5,327,336,538,855.85

Pelosi and the Democrats promised

Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline… no more deficit spending.

And what did they deliver?

Over $5.3 Trillion in new debt, increasing the total national debt by over 60% in just 4 short years.

The 5 worst fiscal year deficits in the history of this country have ALL come at the hands of a Democratic majority in Washington, D.C. after they promised “no more deficit spending”!

They are LIARS and cannot be trusted.

ITguy on May 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Now Democrats want to go back to the voters with the same failed leadership in place and argue for another chance to disgust voters again. Good luck with that message.

Yeah, it’s been working so well, just like their economic policies.

If the dems take another thrashing this November, will they yank Pelosi and Reid from their leadership?

No, I don’t think they will. The dem party has gone fully to the socialists and will stay that way.

dogsoldier on May 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Too bad for them that their entire bench AND farm team were wiped out in the 2010 Midterm elections – the Republicans literally took out all of their future prospects in many State Houses and Senates, as well as many other low-level seats.

It’s going to take them a LOOOOOONG time to recover from a loss of that magnitude, and I’m betting a whole lot more Dems will be swept from office in 2012 as well.

They made their bed….

TeresainFortWorth on May 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

You make a great point. There is another way to look at it too. What kind of party platform do the D’s offer? “Julia”? Cradle-to-grave entitlements are not “mainstream” in this country. Americans will always offer a helping hand eagerly when it is genuinely needed. Nobody wants someone sleeping on the sofa permanently. What else do Democrats have to offer?

Mord on May 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

So what if Nancy Retires. Nancy had the votes to stay the leader. She retires and they elect another rabid liberal. There aren’t enough Democrats from purple districts to take control of the party. Democrats are a wholly owned subsidiary of any and every left of center group.

This is what we want. the entire Democrat party will have to shift to the right just to elect leaders that won’t turn off half of America. The political center has shifted left rejoice and keep the hammer down. We may reform entitlements yet.

Theworldisnotenough on May 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

the 2012 wave didn’t do it to the Democrats.

rockmom on May 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

2012 wave?

I would disagree if you mean the 2010 elections. When you look at the number of GOP wins from the local level through federal offices, the Dems were routed. They lost the House but kept the Senate by the simple fact that they were defending few seats. 2012 is a different story and don’t believe the hype that Lugar’s defeat means that the Dem is a shoo-in in Indiana. The GOP candidate is not a fringe tea partier.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Botox suppliers hit hardest

dirtseller on May 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

There’s lots of potential House minority leaders here in Chicago:

Luis Gutierrez
Bobby Rush
Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jan Schakowsky
etc…

Any one of them would represent the modern Dem party just fine.

visions on May 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Maybe they should give Maxine Waters a shot at the leadership.

Uncledave on May 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

You make a great point. There is another way to look at it too. What kind of party platform do the D’s offer? “Julia”? Cradle-to-grave entitlements are not “mainstream” in this country. Americans will always offer a helping hand eagerly when it is genuinely needed. Nobody wants someone sleeping on the sofa permanently. What else do Democrats have to offer?

Mord on May 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Well that’s the other problem, and honestly a far bigger one than the lack of young blood. It’s what they’re selling and how tired and illogical it is. Now there are always going to be the leeches in society who want the nanny state. The “Julias” if you will. But the problem there is if/when the entire system collapses, politicians will no longer be able to go out there and promise the moon in order to secure votes because a majority of the electorate will be well aware there’s no money left to make good on those campaign pledges. Europe’s about to reach that breaking point very soon.

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Heh…

http://www.speakerpelosi.com/

… as if she’ll ever be Speaker again!

ITguy on May 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

One thing that’s consistent about the Democrats, they all angry. About what I’m not necessarily sure, but they are an angry bunch. It’s time to put them all in “time-out” until they can figure out what the country wants so they can, once again, put country ahead of party.

bflat879 on May 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

This is what we want. the entire Democrat party will have to shift to the right just to elect leaders that won’t turn off half of America. The political center has shifted left rejoice and keep the hammer down. We may reform entitlements yet.

Theworldisnotenough on May 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The problem is that when Lefties (and many RINOs, for that matter) campaign they sound like Milton Friedman. When they win re-election they go back to their statist ways. Lefties have no choice but to lie about almost everything these days. Otherwise rational people would reject what they’ve brought to the table.

visions on May 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Maybe they should give Maxine Waters a shot at the leadership.

Uncledave on May 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

She’s already said she’ll be the next Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee if the Dems retake the House. Which is why no matter how much Boehner disappoints, never ever ever EVER stay home on Election Day.

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

The democrats are saying that they have some people who are too liberal??? Sorry I had to pick myself off the floor after reading that one, back on topic, based what I seen of democrates, how democrats vote, and what democrates express they want to do to this country, I always believed that democrats see anyone who is the right of Karl Marx to be a right wing extremist.

Beastdogs on May 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

This is probably due to Pelosi’s insane desire to cling to power, even after she had to hand the gavel to Boehner.

Guess what happened to former Speaker Dennis Hastert after Republicans lost the 2006 House elections? He was thrown under the bus, and Republicans elected Boehner (experienced, but not really old) as Minority Leader.

If the Dems were smart, they would have done the same to Pelosi in 2011, but it’s too late now. Any swing voter who might be thinking of voting for a Democrat for the House will also think about Pelosi getting her big ol’ gavel back, and might decide they prefer Boehner.

Steve Z on May 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I’m not convinced she’s a witch, and she is entitled to due process.

BobMbx on May 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

She’s not a witch. I have it on good authority that she’s a Vengeance Demon.

totherightofthem on May 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

ITguy on May 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Wow! So nobody’s told her yet…

Shay on May 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

The Word! The Word! The Word!

steebo77 on May 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Whoever they choose to replace Pelosi, it will be a breath of the same stale air.

RebeccaH on May 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM

That picture! It’s got “And your little dog too!” running through my mind, I can’t get it to stop. Quick somebody throw a bucket of water on it!.

Oldnuke on May 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM

She’s already said she’ll be the next Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee
Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Ah, I can just see her signing bills in her own inimitable style – finger paint and a paw print.

CorporatePiggy on May 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

The lack of a young talented bench for the dems is not just in the House, but also in the Senate and in governor mansions.

We’re all familiar with the 2012 races. Have you seen the 2014 senate races (link)? Assuming there’s no major realignment and red states vote red, then it should be (another) democrat bloodbath.

We have excellent pick up opportunities in AK, AR, IA, NC, LA, MT, NH, SD, VA. We also have shots at pick ups in CO, MI, MN, WV,

The only vulnerable GOP seat I see is Collins in ME. All the other GOP seats are deep red. And there’s some RINO upgrade possibilities, notably Lindsey Graham.

Uncledave on May 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Not surprisingly the gannet rag that serves indinapolis has run countless articles and editorials on what a loss lugar was and how murdoch is nothing but a KKK leaning tea partier. They have had 10 or so front page (metro and state) articles on the loss and what a loss for Indiana. They’ve all but annointed donnelly as a shoo in for the senate seat.

They reference murdoch as an extremist even though donnelly voted 100% of the time for pelosi’s bills (almost as much as lugar did for reid’s bills and the SCOTUS appointees). I think one of the articles predicted that donnelly would win by 10 points.

acyl72 on May 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

We are at the end of the line, just like Europe. We already can’t tax enough to fund the level of services we provide. Non-discretionary spending is already something like 110% of the budget, or would be if we actually had one.

Mord on May 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

“Just look at the landscape. There’s a real dearth of talented, dynamic communicators right now in the caucus,” said the source, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the leadership. “People are either too liberal, or too conservative … or too old.”

Then why is DWS the face of the party? Oh. Wait… She’s the best they got.

AH_C on May 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Ron Paul is out??

Ron Paul is out??

Ron Paul is out??

faraway on May 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

ToddPA on May 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Good grief, man. I stronger warning would have been appropriate. LOL!

txag92 on May 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

When she dies they will have to do an autopsy to see what’s in her.

docflash on May 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM

We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it

No doubt one of the most stupid, arrogant statements ever uttered by any politician anywhere. The sooner she’s gone the better for all.

Archer on May 14, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I know, they were really grooming him. The fact that he was the best they had, and, seemingly, all they had, says quite a lot about the current state of the Democrat party.

Mr. Arkadin on May 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Dem party is run by their kook fringe, and has been for decades. Pelosi is the most hated member of congress.

Jaibones on May 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Party which forsakes promotion through merit has a dearth of talent.
Shocker!

OxyCon on May 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Somewhere in the vast wilderness of political limbo, Anthony Weiner has a tear running down his face like Iron Eyes Cody.

H.E. Pennypacker on May 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Ron Paul is out??

Ron Paul is out??

Ron Paul is out??

faraway on May 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM

OT: Looks like “all but out”. So, does this mean he really was a stalking horse for Romney and do his supporters feel like they just got the fuzzy end of the lollipop?

totherightofthem on May 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I have never understood why she is so powerful. What the hell does she have on the dims?

50sGuy on May 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

She’s mean as a sunburned rattlesnake. That means it will take a while for them to turn on her, but when it happens it will be ugly.

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Instead of testing some of their bench talent, almost all of whom had won more than one election, they kept their sclerotic, failed leaders in place. That give Democrats no opportunity to see what some of their caucus members might do,…

By the time they’re mature enough to stop publicly exposing their Weiner, they’re too old!

cartooner on May 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

If the Dems were smart, they would have done the same to Pelosi in 2011, but it’s too late now. Any swing voter who might be thinking of voting for a Democrat for the House will also think about Pelosi getting her big ol’ gavel back, and might decide they prefer Boehner.

Steve Z on May 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I can only hope that both Boehner & McConnell, along with their lieutenants get punted from the leadership.

AH_C on May 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Which party’s future would you rather bet on right now, regardless of what happens in this general election?

Doughboy on May 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I had this discussion with my husband a while ago. There is no one obvious waiting in the wings to run as a strong Democrat in 2016. This will make me feel marginally better if Obama wins in November, but he could still do terrible damage to the US economy and future in the next 4 years. Hopefully Obama will lose in November and decide that he is too good for the Americans who don’t appreciate him and emigrate to some other country, forever. The D’s don’t have much in reserve.

talkingpoints on May 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Hopefully Obama will lose in November and decide that he is too good for the Americans who don’t appreciate him and emigrate to some other country, forever.

If Obama loses in 2012 perhaps he’ll try again in 2016. Maybe He and the dems figure we will have repented for booting Him and will have realized how wonderful He is.

Uncledave on May 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

The Democratic party awards seniority to a ridiculous extent in their top positions. I don’t know how happy I am to have more of them recognize the problem.

Mister Mets on May 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

It’s been a real pleasure not having to listen to this idjit for the past year-and-a-half. Debbie WashYerHair Sheesh is annoying as hell, but she doesn’t hold nearly the power that Pelozilla did.

As long as the dims don’t take back the House, I don’t care if frustrated old moonbat Aunt Clara watches from the sidelines.

MisterElephant on May 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Forget the d-cRATs. What will Republicans and conservatives do without the MOST DISLIKED MEMBER OF CONGRESS (per national surveys) being around to give voters a reason to NOT vote d-cRAT.

TeaPartyNation on May 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Like I have been stating for many months.

As long as Pelosi is in a leadership role, EVERY Republican in the country needs to tie their Democrat opponent to making Pelosi Speaker again!

When you have such a horribly disconnected from all of reality target to use, you use it every day!

Freddy on May 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Get rid of the witch. May she fly away with her hammer in hand, in the light blue suit.

Whoa there, Nelly.

I’m not convinced she’s a witch, and she is entitled to due process.

So lets tie a rock to her feet and toss her into the lake. If she floats, she’s a witch. If she drowns, she wasn’t a witch.

BobMbx on May 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

And she turned ME into a newt! (The salamander kind.)
But I gawt bettah…

SnarkySam on May 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

OT: Looks like “all but out”. So, does this mean he really was a stalking horse for Romney and do his supporters feel like they just got the fuzzy end of the lollipop?

totherightofthem on May 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

..so now they’ll “un-boo” Romney’s son at future state conventions?

The War Planner on May 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

And she turned ME into a newt! (The salamander kind.)
But I gawt bettah…

SnarkySam on May 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

..was she breeding a dwarf?

The War Planner on May 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The Democrats have become addicted to crony capitalism/money. Any younger Democrats don’t have the donor base the older ones do. That is why they kept Pelosi, plain and simple. She is connected to all that fat cat money and the “young guns” aren’t. To run on a young guns party it has to be a party of ideas and the Tea Party is new ideas party whereas the liberal/progressive machine is warmed over communism which is failing in Western Europe.

Conan on May 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The Democrats have become addicted to crony capitalism/money. Any younger Democrats don’t have the donor base the older ones do. That is why they kept Pelosi, plain and simple. She is connected to all that fat cat money and the “young guns” aren’t.

Conan on May 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Nancy Pelosi has historically had such a safe seat in liberal San Francisco that she hardly does any campaigning at all in her own district.

This gives Pelosi the luxury of being able to travel the country during election season to raise money for other Democrat Congressional Candidates.

Then once Pelosi has raised money for these candidates, she enters their debt to her in her famous “favor file.”

Of course, after the election Pelosi wants these debts to be repaid by voting for Pelosi for Democrat leadership positions.

Pelosi is up for relection in the June 5th California Primary, where voting has already begun.

Pelosi is running against 3 other Democrats, 1 Green Party Member and 1 Ron Paul “Liberty Republican.”

Due to California’s new “top two” open Primary system, only the top two candidates with the most votes will advance to the November election, regardless of Party.

So it is very possible that Pelosi will be running against a fellow Democrat in the November election.

Or if we are really lucky, San Franciscans will decide that Pelosi is not liberal enough and send 2 other Democrats to the November ballot.

Will Pelosi still have the luxury of spending election season campaigning for other candidates, if her seat is no longer as safe as it has been in the past?

wren on May 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The Dems have a rich history of rewarding failure with continued or enhanced positions of responsibility.

Tom Daschle kept his leadership position after the Democrats lost control of the Senate on his watch 10 or so years ago, until the voters retired him.

And Terry McCaullife (who may have been a GOP plant) kept running one failed campaign after another until they finally rode him out of town.

The Dems may be looking to send Nancy Pelosi to the back of the bench or, more likely, home to enjoy the easy lifestyle that having a $100 Million net worth gives.

But make no mistake that they are secretly hoping that the GOP retains John Boehner as its titular leader and not some Tea Party upstart who will go to war with them (instead of cutting a crappy deal with them an emerging hand in hand telling the voters of their historic bipartisanship).

And the GOP House will grant the Dems their wish, at least until we reconstitute the House with conservatives.

molonlabe28 on May 14, 2012 at 5:22 PM

SanFranNan needed to be put out to pasture a decade ago… too much damage to the USA…

Khun Joe on May 15, 2012 at 8:34 AM