Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Stays; Hoyer & Clyburn Battle for Whip

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will run for minority leader in a statement today. It had been widely expected that Pelosi, 70, would retire. But, after she spent much of the last two days calling virtually every member of her shrunken caucus, she said she came to the conclusion that her “work is far from finished.” From her …

Ambassador Pelosi?

When Speakers retire — and this is pure speculation, Nate Silver this morning still gave Dems a 20% chance of keeping the House — but, historically speaking, when speakers retire they tend to drop off the map (Denny Hastert, Jim Wright), hover in political circles (Newt Gingrich), write a book (Tip O’Neill), or lark off an am …

October Surprises

What would an election season be without a few October surprises – or a lot? Illegal maids, audio tapes of staff slurring the opponent, old rape cases with questions about prosecution, photos of a young candidate cavorting with a dildo-nosed Rudolph – welcome to the final sprint of the 2010 midterm elections. And it’s only going to …

“It was never my intention to split the Republican vote.”

Remember way back in October of 2009 — it feels like a million years ago to me — when Sarah Palin shocked the establishment by endorsing, on her facebook page, conservative Doug Hoffman over the GOP-chosen candidate Dede Scozzafava in the race to replace Rep. John McHugh? President Obama had picked McHugh, a Republican, to serve as …

Pelosi’s Choice

The strains of The Clash’s iconic song, Should I Stay or Should I Go, are all but reverberating through the marble halls of Congress these days as speculation of what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might do after the elections runs rampant. In this week’s dead tree edition I look at her options, win or lose. So, swampees, what are your …

Running Against Pelosi, Obama

It seems Indiana’s Joe Donnelly has started a trend. Check out this new ad from Chet Edwards, a 10-term Texas Democrat,who boasts of “standing up” to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. I wonder how many more desperate Dems are not far behind these two. [Hat tip, Hilary Hylton.]

Update:
Doug Heye at the RNC points out …

Dem Slaps Pelosi, Obama in Ad

Sure, Joe Donnelly’s district went twice for George W. Bush and is rated R+2 by Cook Political Report. But in 2008 Obama won Donnelly’s South Bend district with 54% of the vote and Donnelly himself won a sophomore term with 67%. All freshmen and sophomores are nervous and many are distancing themselves from their leadership and their …

Charlie Rangel’s War

Tomorrow former Ways & Means chairman Charlie Rangel is scheduled to be put on trial but the House ethics committee. The hearing could last months, going well into the fall as Rangel tries to prove his innocence, even through a subcommittee has already ruled he likely broke House rules. The AP and New York Post this morning are reporting

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