Pelosi to keep leadership post at 10 am presser?

posted at 9:56 am on November 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Why not?  After all, she’s only lost two national elections in a row while leading the House Democratic caucus, which includes the largest loss in a midterm in 72 years, followed by the inability to regain the House while a Democratic President won re-election by a comfortable margin.  Why, in another two years, Nancy Pelosi might be able to deliver a veto-proof majority to, er, John Boehner.

The Washington Post thought she might have called the 10 am presser to deliver a valediction, and most assumed before this morning that she would withdraw from her House Minority Leader position:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who built and then lost the largest Democratic majority in a generation, is considering ending her historic 10-year reign as Democratic leader after the second disappointing election in a row for her caucus.

Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that she would announce her decision during a Wednesday morning press conference. She has not signaled whether she intends to remain atop a caucus that she has ruled with a near-iron fist, including four years as the first female House speaker and six years in the minority. …

Some House races are not officially decided, but Democrats are expected to gain about seven seats when all the votes are tallied — a disappointment in a year in which Obama and Senate Democrats performed so well.

The Post wasn’t entirely sure of Pelosi’s intentions, though:

One option for Pelosi, according to some lawmakers, would be for her to announce that she will serve one more term as leader, setting off a two-year succession race within the Democratic caucus.

And in fact, that’s what we saw on Twitter this morning:

That sounds like a pretty bad idea for a couple of reasons.  First, the most likely successors to Pelosi will come from current leadership within the caucus, which isn’t exactly a youth movement.  Steny Hoyer has the inside track for Pelosi’s job, and he’s 73 years old, one year older than Pelosi herself.  Jim Clyburn might make a bid for the leader position and become the first African-American to chair a House party caucus, but he’s 72 years old.  John Larson, the caucus chairman, is a relative youngster at 64 years old.  None of these leaders will gain much more than pension benefits by waiting another two years.

Second, another two years gives Republicans another two years to make Pelosi the face of the party.  Every Democrat in a purple-to-red district who votes for another Pelosi term will end up having to defend that vote in the next midterm election.  Without Obama at the top of the ticket, the turnout in 2014 is going to look somewhat different than 2012, and some of those new freshmen coming into the House on a platform of change might not be able to explain why their first vote was to support a sclerotic and failed status quo within their own party.

Normally, one would have expected a leader to resign in the wake of the historic 2010 rebuke.  After a second disappointment, it’s almost mandatory by Washington etiquette.  If Pelosi isn’t ready to quit, perhaps Democrats should push her out themselves.

Update: According to National Journal, Pelosi won’t face any challenge to her leadership position.  Again.


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HotAirian on November 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Update: According to National Journal, Pelosi won’t face any challenge to her leadership position. Again.

No one? Even Heath Shuler challenged her last time, as futile as it was. This is the one thing that comforts me after last Tuesday’s disappointment. Our bench is far better than the Dems’. The key is getting quality leadership in the party. All the troops in the world don’t matter if the generals are a bunch of ignoramuses.

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Pelosi has a SuperPac that donates HEAVILY to democrats that are likely to win.

She doesn’t need to be good at what she does because almost every incoming Dem Congressman (and most of the existing ones) owe her.

It would be more surprising if there had been a legitimate challenge to her authority.

JadeNYU on November 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Keep that idiot in charge. She is extremely unpopular among most of the population.

bluegill on November 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I was hoping for Grayson.

forest on November 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Will someone just throw a bucket of water on her and make her melt away once and for all?!!!!

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Yay!

Thank God!

Realist on November 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

When are brains going to trump beauty? /

Pelosi is banking on a mid-term election that would put that gavel back into her withered old talon.

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

And give up her office? And the daily fresh flowers?

Not unless they’re dragging her by her heals.

WisRich on November 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Save this post, and reuse it in two years.

22044 on November 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Miserable old witch.

jawkneemusic on November 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I was hoping for Grayson.

forest on November 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Me too.

cozmo on November 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

That sounds like a pretty bad idea for a couple of reasons. First, the most likely successors to Pelosi will come from current leadership within the caucus, which isn’t exactly a youth movement. Steny Hoyer has the inside track for Pelosi’s job, and he’s 73 years old, one year older than Pelosi herself. Jim Clyburn might make a bid for the leader position and become the first African-American to chair a House party caucus, but he’s 72 years old. John Larson, the caucus chairman, is a relative youngster at 64 years old. None of these leaders will gain much more than pension benefits by waiting another two years.

I can’t wait until all the boomers are gone(present company excluded.)

Gatsu on November 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

who assumed this power hungry Wench would abdicate her throne?

Slade73 on November 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Jim Clyburn might make a bid for the leader position and become the first African-American to chair a House party caucus, but he’s 72 years old.

If being dumb as a fencepost is the principal qualification as it seems, he fits right in.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Dems are idiots

What can you say

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The hat trick?

!!!

Hat Trick on November 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

What can you say

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

That there are plenty of other idiots to vote for them. And almost as many idiots who care so little that they won’t vote at all.
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You asked.

cozmo on November 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

America needs its National Grandmother.

Now go bake me an apple-crisp, you senile hack.

Bishop on November 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Another elitist one-percenter trying to fatten her already plush digs.

LizardLips on November 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

DROP A HOUSE ON HER!!!!!

And I don’t mean the House Of Representatives!

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Is anybody actually surprised by this news?

The Democraps are known for doubling down on stupid. This is just another prime example.

UltimateBob on November 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I once thought this sort of thing would hurt the Dems. I’m no longer that naive.

ElectricPhase on November 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

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ChicagoJewishGuy on November 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

First, the most likely successors to Pelosi will come from current leadership within the caucus, which isn’t exactly a youth movement.

How old is Chris Van Hollen?

Abby Adams on November 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

FORWARD! CHANGE!

scalleywag on November 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM

goddamn moron.
 
sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM

rogerb on November 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Second, another two years gives Republicans another two years to make Pelosi the face of the party. Every Democrat in a purple-to-red district who votes for another Pelosi term will end up having to defend that vote in the next midterm election.

So what? This only matters to the 20+ million folks who read political blogs, over half of whom are Dems and lefties and who agree with her. And half are Reps and righties who aren’t going to vote Dem anyway.

The other 80+ million voters don’t make that connection, or don’t care even if the connection is pointed out to them. The rate for voting incumbents out of office is what, two to five per cycle?

This is one of the lessons to be learned from November 6.

ss396 on November 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM

You got me cozmo :)

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Thank. God. :-)

Punchenko on November 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Is anybody really surprised?

gophergirl on November 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

That sounds like a pretty bad idea for a couple of reasons.

Why is it a bad idea if it is going to hurt the communists?

mnjg on November 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

DROP A HOUSE ON HER!!!!!

And I don’t mean the House Of Representatives!

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Touche’

trs on November 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Dems are idiots

What can you say

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And, unfortunately, so is 52% of the population.

Scriptor on November 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I’m betting I’m not the only one tired of these burned out hippies having control of everything except themselves.

DanMan on November 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Who cares about Nancy?

What about “Debbie Downer”?

listens2glenn on November 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Did anyone really think Pelosi was going to give up her leadership post?

Scriptor on November 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

That sounds like a pretty bad idea for a couple of reasons.

No, it’s a good idea — she’s a certified San Francisco Nutcase, so the more she embarrasses the left, the better.

KS Rex on November 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Does she really still have any relevance or influence in the party anymore though? Aside from HER thinking she does, I wonder if anyone else thinks so. I think they’re cowardly, its just easier to let Nancy be what Nancy wants to be than to raise her hackles and try and take the gavel away.

scalleywag on November 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Heck, so many people didn’t have a problem with Reid as the face of the Senate Dems nor Obama as the overall face of the Dems… so why would we assume it would hurt them at this point?

I hope it does hurt them, I hope she sees another massive defeat in 2014 and has to leave on a sour note.

Ukiah on November 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Just when you think Republicans are the only stupid people in the room, along comes SanFranNan to disabuse us of that notion.

WordsMatter on November 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Might as well cuz ya’ know it’s sooooo hard to make dem Dembeciles have to choose between this old geezer or the other ones. They’re a buncha sheep anyway, why make them have to abuse their brains by forcing them to think and choose?

stukinIL4now on November 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Ed wrote: “That sounds like a pretty bad idea … “

You are wrong.

Pelosi is instrumental in making sure Democrat a permanent majority party, even though currently GOP retain the House (in name only).

She is ruthless, but more importantly, effective as leader.

Sir Napsalot on November 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I dont care what House Dems do. Is there anybody more irrelevant in todays political landscape?

I am more concered about House Republicans. I dont wanna see Boehner reelected. At this point I actually dont care who replaces him. Ryan would be nice, but right now Im fine with Cantor too as long as we get rid of this weeping, fake-tanned sell-out!

Valkyriepundit on November 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Gotta keep those Dems Pelosi-whipped & marching in lock-step.

MissMagnolia on November 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

We can make fun of her all we want, but objectively, is the GOP leadership any better?

Boehner is going to mis-handle this lame duck session, as usual.

America is the loser.

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Old age and treachery beat out youth and skill every time. Of course she is staying.

Lily on November 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Mama always says, “Stupid is as stupid does”. Means we’ll keep the house next election too.

COgirl on November 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Fake Catholic airhead and filthy rich to boot.

Hummer53 on November 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Another role that should have gone to the animal that lives on top of Sheila Jackson Lee’s head.

Democrats are species-ist.

CorporatePiggy on November 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Give up her leadership? Not unless she wins election to the White House.

Browncoatone on November 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Actually, this is good. We will know exactly where she is as AHCA is enacted between now and 2015.
She will not be able to hide.

Jabberwock on November 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Without Obama at the top of the ticket, the turnout in 2014 is going to look somewhat different than 2012

I remember the last time we thought that…

ChrisL on November 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The Democrats aren’t doubling down on STUPID, we are. They are doubling down on what works for them. We double down on what fails.

BetseyRoss on November 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

If Pelosi isn’t ready to quit, perhaps Democrats should push her out themselves.

They aren’t that smart.

GarandFan on November 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Without Obama at the top of the ticket, the turnout in 2014 is going to look somewhat different than 2012
I remember the last time we thought that…

ChrisL on November 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Yup. 2010.
If things do not turn around by end of 2013, 2014 will be VERY bad for Dems.
If mixed results it will be a freeforall and if generally improved, Republicans are done.

Jabberwock on November 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Nov 2010:Pelosi said in a statement after the midterm outcome was clear: “We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward.”

Nov 2012: “The message is clear from the American people. They want us to work together to get things done.”

Meh.

socalcon on November 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The Democrats aren’t doubling down on STUPID, we are. They are doubling down on what works for them. We double down on what fails.

BetseyRoss on November 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yes.

cptacek on November 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM