Pelosi To Stay On As House Democratic Leader

House Republicans reportedly cheer at the news that the former speaker is staying on to lead the congressional Democrats

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House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi gathers around House Democrats during a news conference at the on Nov. 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House Democratic caucus for the past decade, will remain in the position for another two-year term.

Ending speculation that she would relinquish power, Pelosi, 72, invoked her status as the first woman Speaker of the House as she announced Wednesday morning that she would stay on. “This picture before you is worth millions of votes,” she said, flanked by a clutch of female colleagues on a stage in the basement of the Capitol. “You are looking into the future, the future of empowerment of women in America.”

Democrats made incremental gains in the lower chamber in last week’s election, but failed to wrest back control of the House. Pelosi pointed to the Democrats’ gain of a handful of seats as a reason for her decision to stay, even though the party’s minority status prevents her from exerting control over the chamber in the fashion she did as speaker. “From the standpoint of the victory we had at the polls, I wouldn’t think of stepping away,” she said.

Her decision is both a boon and a potential burden to Democrats. Pelosi, 72, is a prodigious fundraiser and a skillful tactician with a knack for counting votes and herding querulous members into line. She is also a steely negotiator, as she is the first to remind people. “Anybody who’s ever dealt with me knows not to mess with me,” she told TIME in 2006. She is expected to sail through leadership elections to keep her post, though factions of the party believe that Pelosi’s status as a liberal lightning rod is standing in the way of the party’s transition to a younger, more moderate group of leaders

Pelosi is the House’s leading champion for progressive principles, an attribute her opponents alternately acknowledge and mock. “There is no better person to preside over the most liberal House Democratic Caucus in history than the woman who is solely responsible for relegating it to a prolonged minority status,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Paul Lindsay said in a statement. “This decision signals that House Democrats have absolutely no interest in regaining the trust and confidence of the American people who took the Speaker’s gavel away from Nancy Pelosi in the first place.” When House Republicans learned Wednesday morning of Pelosi’s decision to run for leadership again, they reportedly broke out in cheers. In congressional races, Republicans regularly invoke her name in an effort to scare off voters from supporting Democratic candidates.

Pelosi, who served as House Speaker from 2007 until the party’s midterm drubbing in 2010, steeped her decision in drama, inviting whispers that she might choose to resign by pushing back leadership elections until after Thanksgiving. She informed her colleagues of the decision in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday morning, according to a source close to Pelosi. By staying, she blocks the potential ascension of Steny Hoyer, a moderate Maryland representative who has served as Pelosi’s No. 2 and is believed to have his eye on the top job. The decision also ensures that each the four party leaders in the 112th Congress — Pelosi, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — will all keep their posts despite the abysmal approval ratings the body has earned over the last two years.

26 comments
kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Well, the Petraeus post has garnered 500+ comments as of 3PM EST. 

Here's hoping for less feeding and more discussion tomorrow (Thursday. Did I mention tomorrow's Thursday?)

Belarusa
Belarusa

Since modern psychology flatly REFUSES to define liberalism as a devastaingly dangerous mental disorder, it only makes sense that Insaney Pelosi remains in washington. If she's not spreading her particular brand of batsh** insanity throughout congress, she would most likely spent the majority of her time running naked through traffic, smearing feces on car windows in an effort to thwart the window gnomes, or whatever it is liberals do in their spare time, other than pot.

MrObvious
MrObvious

I love when righties make the only point that they find salient - their base hates Pelosi - you know the guys that also think Obama is from Kenya, Benghazi is important and that gays and brown and young should stay the heck out of GOP.

Let the cheer - it seems that outside elections where they can fool enough people that they're sincere or to stay home they're fast losing power.

TyPollard
TyPollard

So Alex, she is great at her job BUT the other side hates her and she is old????

Maybe they hate her because she is GREAT at her job. Her age only seems to be an issue because she is a she.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

There were actually more Votes for Congressional Democrats than there were for Republicans in this cycle. The Republicans owe their majority to gerrymandering Statehouses and Governors. Paul Lindsay's statement is therefore a heaping pile of it.

But you already knew that.

Pollopa
Pollopa

Alex -

I love ya man for posting something outside of the Gen P meme, but could you ask Adam to bring back our Morning Reads please?

Oh yeah and on Pelosi, I love her in if just to keep it in the face of you know who.

Arimathean
Arimathean

@kbanginmotown I agree.  Swampland has been boring since a couple of days after the election, since I truly don't even care enough about the Petraeus issue to read any articles about it.  I truly fail to see why so many are interested.  With Clinton, it was the fact that he lied and the investigation was ongoing.  With Petraeus -- well, he made an all-too-common (in our society) error in judgment and resigned as a result.  End of story.  Close the book.

apr2563
apr2563

@Belarusa Good to know that the crazies are still posting here.  Belarusa, you are one of the reasons the President won.  Extremism is not attractive.

outsider
outsider

@MrObvious 

Don't forget the right don't think as highly of women as other people. 

How dare the dems give a woman - and keep a woman - in a position of power!!

NP042
NP042

@PaulDirks 

To add onto that, in all technicality "the People" didn't choose which party to give the majority, and thus the Speaker's gavel, to.  "The People" chose the representative for their district, nothing more and nothing less.  I'd honestly love to see what the makeup of the House would theoretically look like if we had sensibly outlined districts.  For example, just look at the districts of southeast PA - it's absolutely ridiculous.

apr2563
apr2563

@TheMattWilstein What an idiot.  A product of nepotism that passed over qualified people to get a job.  He is getting hammered on his tweet acct.  Really stupid to ask in front of a phalanx of women.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Maybe later at the president's press conference Luke can ask BHO if he is too "something" to lead.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

And that is what NBC gets for hiring someone who listed his greatest qualification a dead father.

bobell
bobell

Hey, I'm the same age as Pelosi and all the regulars agree that I'm still sharp as a --- brad - nail - uh - staple ...?

At least I can remember the Department of Energy.

Belarusa
Belarusa

But it's totally okay for your libtard elites like that festering scumbag Bill Maher to call Sarah Palin a c***, right? It's not that Insaney Pelosi is a woman, it's that she's a dangerously insane woman. That's our problem with most liberals in fact.

doddeb
doddeb

:@Paul,nnto : who knew the punditocracy was hereditary?

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Paul,nnto 

Meritocracy is only for the little people and even then they (Obama) are not worthy of their accomplishments. 

doddeb
doddeb

@bobell : pushpin?

La_Randy
La_Randy

@apr2563 The only person to use the term "libtard" has always been a rusty clone.

Next, he will start posting links that refute his basic premise. Typical.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Quick question--who the f is this Sarah Palin you are going on about? Was she the 1/2 term governor?

Belarusa
Belarusa

ROFL!!!!!!!!Really????

After a proper investigation by the secret service, this claim that someone in the crowd and NOT Sarah Palin shouted "kill him" in reference to Obama came up completely unfounded as not even the agents in the crowd (trained professionals, mind you) heard this shout out. This however didn't stop the libtard elite talking head Keith Olberman from yammering on and on about it over his waste of airtime show. Your comment has allowed me to come to a few conclusions:

1. Despite using the internet, you have apparently NEVER seen a website beyond liberal approved propaganda sites.

2. You have Kool Aid stains on the front of every shirt you own.

3. It doesn't bother you in the least that what you call facts wither and die under scrutiny like a vampire in sunlight, you were told to think them by Keith Olberman, and by jiminy, you'll think those thoughts till your dying breath.

4. You most likely admire powerful female moonbats like Debbie Yappingtrap Shulz or Insaney Pelosi because they're "powerful women" but hate Sarah Palin just because she's not a libtard.

5. You're a garden variety liberal, using the time spent in between cashing welfare checks and buying weed to spread your particular brand of libdrone idiocy to as many forums on the internet as possible.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Belarusa  

You mean facts like her "Kill Him! Kill Him!" rallies in 2008?

Seems to me that Sara is the very epitome of "dangerously insane".

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

I don't know, I'll ask Jonah Goldberg.