Astonishing—Pelosi is staying on

It appears that I and most others in the conservative political universe were wrong. We assumed that Nancy Pelosi would resign from Congress rather than allow herself to be demoted from House Divinized Empress, excuse me, Speaker, to the merely human, and utterly powerless, position of Minority Leader. But she has announced today that she is running for Minority Leader in the new Congress.

Maybe she is at bottom a fighter rather than an egotist, and so wants to stay in the fight even at the cost of a radical diminution of prestige and power. Or maybe she didn’t want to give us conservatives the satisfaction of seeing her driven from the scene in humiliation just months after her supreme accomplishment of passing Obamacare. Whatever she is, plastic surgery and all, she is one tough cookie.

Here is Pelosi’s statement:

Our work is far from finished. As a result of Tuesday’s election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not. We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back. It is my hope that we can work in a bipartisan way to create jobs and strengthen the middle class

Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader. Based on those discussions, and driven by the urgency of protecting health care reform, Wall Street reform, and Social Security and Medicare, I have decided to run.

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James P. writes:

Nancy’s decision to run for Minority Leader shows that she doesn’t “get the message” of the recent election.

If she is indeed elected as minority leader, that will show that the rest of the House Democrats don’t get the message, either.

This wouldn’t necessarily surprise me, since many of the House Democrats who survived are in safe urban seats like Nancy’s, and have no reason to curb their extremism any more than she does.

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Here are some responses at

Reply 13—Posted by: KTWO, 11/5/2010 1:50:54 PM


A party should present its true face to the voters and public. And Nancy and Harry. a duo of bullies, define the Democrats of Congress.

I figure they will produce a few million GOP/Tea votes in 2012.

Reply 14—Posted by: lotsamojo, 11/5/2010 1:54:45 PM

Best news since election night.

Reply 15—Posted by: alynnmcw, 11/5/2010 1:56:38 PM

excellent news. computer crashed this morning and this was my first piece of news when it recovered. you go girl

Reply 16—Posted by: RightShoe, 11/5/2010 2:00:32 PM

I must say something in praise of democrats.

They don’t give up.

Nancy Pelosi has said something to the affect that she always moves forward from a position of strength.

Although her positions may be delusional, I have some respect for this perspective.

There are some unfinished elections out there. I would like to see the Republican Party show Pelosi’s resolve in moving forward with these.

We must not give up either.

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Andrew E. writes:

I agree with the commenters at that this is good news for conservatives. And, along with Obama’s denial of the true meaning of the election, it reminds me of a great quote from the 1984 James Cameron movie, The Terminator. The human character sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor from Schwarzenegger’s assassin, Kyle Reese played by Michael Biehn, understandably has trouble convincing Sarah of her new reality. He breaks it down for her in the simplest terms:

“Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”

P.S. Great coverage of the election. Thank you.

LA replies:

Of course, and the same is even more true of the liquid metal assassin of Terminator II.

At the same time, let us remember that from the left’s point of view, we are the Terminator, a relentless, non-human force that will not give in, until everything good in the world has been destroyed.

Gintas writes:

Like Gollum, once having held the ring of power, she will pursue it to the end of her days.

LA replies:

Sometimes, with that rictus smile of hers (the result of her numerous plastic surgeries), she looks a bit like Gollum.

N. writes:

Given her now proven track record in generating losses for Democrats, I think she should be declared House Democratic Leader for Life.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 05, 2010 01:38 PM | Send

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