Nancy Pelosi to run again for Democratic House leader

From The Hill (my emphasis and paragraphing):

Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that she will stay on as House Democratic leader in the next Congress. The California Democrat had remained mum about that decision all year, fueling speculation that she might relinquish power and raising questions about the party’s direction after a decade under her reign.

But in a meeting with the House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol Wednesday morning, the 13-term liberal told her troops that she’ll seek to remain minority leader in the 113th Congress, according to a source in the room.

According to a House leadership aide, “Leader Pelosi told a packed Caucus meeting, including the incoming members of the 113th Congress today that, if Steve Israel is willing to take on the DCCC again, than she will happily place her hat in for leader.”

Nancy PelosiSteve Israel is quite possibly the reason she’s not Speaker. Howie Klein has more on DCCC chief Steve Israel here, and I’ll have more as well.

So yes, on the one hand, we’re spared Blue Dog (ish) Steny Hoyer moving into the leader’s chair. But jeez — Israel? I’ve heard all the arguments from people defending that decision, and it still doesn’t make sense. Not only that, but her choice of Israel genuinely tars her “liberal” cred — not to mention her brand, in that “makes teeth whiter” surface-manipulation sense. Just my humble opinion, of course.

And then there’s that “Oh heck, let’s not raise taxes on anyone below the millionaire-earners’ club” thing she did last year. I’m feeling seriously nervous, and The Hill isn’t calming me down. First they say this:

[Pelosi’s] role could be particularly pronounced in the next Congress, as policymakers are expected to seek a grand bargain on deficit reduction that will necessarily focus on tax and entitlement reform[.]

And then I read that (PCCC) is already thanking her (nudging her?) in a decidedly non-Hoyer direction:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you Nancy Pelosi,” Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee [PCCC], said Wednesday in an email. “The mandate of the election was to tax the rich and protect programs like Medicare and Social Security from benefit cuts. Steny Hoyer would likely not have respected that mandate, but given her track record, we have high hopes for Nancy Pelosi.”

I’d nudge her too, if I were nervous. Which I decidedly am.

Frankly, I don’t have “high hopes.” I’ve seen “progressives” in the House cave and cave, after making bold statement after bold statement.

Nancy Pelosi, it’s your job to prove me wrong — with deeds. More on this in a bit; with the present makeup of the House, it’s easy for powerless House Dems to say the progressive thing, knowing that Obama’s Grand Betrayal (my new framing) will pass anyway. Let’s see how this plays out.

So I’m still a fan of a progressive Open Rebellion Caucus, a group of progressives with big brass ones to pull these unreliable leaders to the left — for a g-d change (say I). One could start now, with this election, if one had the brass I mentioned:

Pelosi still needs to be elected by the members of her caucus to keep her spot, but there are no apparent challengers, and Pelosi’s popularity in the party all but ensures that she’d win the contest if one were to emerge.

A challenge from the left wouldn’t be popular; but hey, what else has worked (say I)? My measurable is wins, not style points. Call me madcap — or deadline driven (that’s a climate link, for you fans of scary).


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16 Responses to “Nancy Pelosi to run again for Democratic House leader”

  1. karmanot says:

    You are good Becca!

  2. htfd says:

    Did you know that Pelosi was not only the blocker of the impeachment of GWB a measure that would have brought to light the crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture that she had full knowledge about long before it hit the public and a good deal of the economic crisis in the making, but she also voted for Clinton’s NAFTA (thing off shoring jobs) and repeal of Glass-Steagall (the cause of the financial crises) besides was all for upping the quarter million tax break for the rich to a million. There is also the insider trading 60 minutes exposed. The biggest joke is that she’s a liberal. That she has one progressive thought in her head or bone in her body is among the grandest lies ever told. No FunMe we don’t need Pelosi in Congress and definitely not as Speaker of anything even if she can count. It’s not the government that is rotten, it’s the people we elect to govern that are rotten to the core.

  3. K_L_Carten says:

    Please tell me your joking because we are really really screwed. Austerity here we come, the harsher the better! Social Security and Medicare in name only, you work till you drop dead and never ever collect.

  4. K_L_Carten says:

    Not steam-cleaned, a brand new bus brought to you by the wealthy and the corps. As a matter of fact there are legions of buses ready to roll right on over us on every single issue. Really who wants to use the same bus over and over again, we all have to stimulate the economy in our own ways. Really glad I voted third party, was a tough one but glad I went with my gut.

  5. karmanot says:

    Can I say now that I didn’t vote for the lesser evil? Have you seen the report that Nobama is floating Erskine Bowles as Sec of the Treasury?

  6. BeccaM says:

    Yeah… it’s clear to me she takes her cue from the guy in the Oval Office: Talk a big progressive game to begin with, then eventually we get, “It’s clear we must enter an age of austerity, to reduce the deficit through shared sacrifice.” (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, July 2011, during the equally phony and contrived debt ceiling crisis)

  7. Jared Hyder says:

    Stupid,misinformed or too busy to breathe electorate and “greed-is-good” mantra for 31 years made this mess,anyone born in 1980 or after can be rest-assured…if we do not obliterate the Fascists(R’s),Conserva-Dems,and start electing TRUE SOCIALISTS/GREENS and enforce a “anyone not willing to fall in line will be facing a primary,AND LOSE” mentality,all is lost.

  8. FunMe says:


    Do we really need Miss Impeachment-Is-Off-The-Table? She’s all for the 1% and not We The People.

  9. BeccaM says:

    Hey, look, I think they steam-cleaned the underside of the bus we’re all about to be thrown under again. How thoughtful of them.

  10. karmanot says:


  11. karmanot says:

    Same old, same old. God I wish that woman would just go away.

  12. Naja pallida says:

    Boldly ignoring their constituency screaming for some kind of change.

  13. BeccaM says:

    The Democratic Party: Boldly and decisively avoiding change, adaptation, and evolution for more than a generation. Daringly keeping center-right conservative positions and pre-emptively compromising to the far right. Taking the risk, once again, of pissing off the progressives who elected them to office. Firmly believing their mandate wasn’t for the populist policies they ran on, but austerity, austerity, eggs, bacon, baked beans, spam, and austerity.

  14. John says:

    They need to replace her, she is the face of the old Democratic Party. She costs votes across America every time she is on camera

  15. usagi says:

    Where did you get this wacky idea that Pelosi is a liberal? She’s first and foremost a careerist and second a corporatist. She’ll actively block liberals advancing in the leadership. Why pretend she’d do anything else?

  16. hollywoodstein says:

    Did you see legacy hire little Luke Russert ask her if she should step aside to give a chance for younger democrats to move up? Pelosi called the question offensive. Someone should ask him if nepotism prevents qualified journalists from getting prime network gigs.

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