May 21st, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Would Obama be better off with congressional leaders other than Reid & Pelosi?


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at a news conference in which the Democratic leaders discussed the first 100 days of the Obama Administration and their legislative accomplishments. (PHOTO CREDIT: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama has had a lot of success early in his term. But it could be even better.

Democrats control the House, and if Al Franken becomes the 60th Democratic senator, they will have a fillibuster-proof majority there. But as usual, when it comes to the Democrats, all is not well. And the problem starts with the leadership in Congress.

A new CNN/Opinion Research corporation poll shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with only a 39 percent approval rating - 48 percent think she's doing a terrible job.

And Pelosi is not doing herself any favors by the way she's handled the torture debate. There's reason to believe Pelosi knew about waterboarding as early as 2002 but she refuses to admit it. Instead she accuses the CIA of lying to Congress.

A Mason Dixon poll taken in Nevada for the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's approval rating is even worse: A meager 38 percent - about half of the state's voters have a negative view of Reid. In fact, there's a question whether he'll even be re-elected. 45 percent of those polled say they'll definitely vote for another candidate in 2010.

Here’s my question to you: Would President Obama be better off with congressional leaders other than Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Matt writes:
Yes, Pelosi and Reid are the most incompetent leaders that I have ever seen. I'm a staunch Democrat and liberal, but those two make me sick. If they can't even get their own people in the House and Senate to vote the way that Democrats want, what's the use of even being in charge?

Kelby from Houston, Texas writes:
No, but they are not helping either. Reid really needs to get his troops in line. The people want Obama's agenda to move forward. The Senate Dems look weak and fearful in a time where they should not be. The Dems hold the majority for a reason; they need to act accordingly.

Marlene from Michigan writes:
Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi aren't necessarily the problem for President Obama. The Democrats in Congress represent diverse constituents and can't be expected to move in a block or in lock-step. That is what is great about the Democratic Party. But having term limits for all elected leaders would be the best thing for America.

Sue writes:
I speak with great authority: I've lived in Nevada for 10 years and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 40 years. These two lily-livered, untalented, incapable, malcontents are a disgrace to Congress and the country. Obama deserves much more capable people to help him bring our country back up to snuff. So let's snuff these two out in the 2010 elections if not sooner. I fear that they will be a drag on Obama for his entire time in office and we can't afford that.

Phil from Georgia writes:
Reid and Pelosi have been doing a stellar job. They are in very close lock-step with the president. You won't agree on everything, but they should be able to find ways to get most things done. Their only negatives are Republican talking points of criticizing anything they do and sadly Reid and Pelosi can't defend themselves all the time.

Karen from Nashville, Tennessee writes:
Would the president be better off? The entire country would be better off.

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Alessandro Abati

    The real problem is not the President Pelosi credibility or what the Bush Administrations had done in the past, according to the US laws. The real problem, is that in a global world no more country can freely violate the International Law principles and provision (no the US, Europe, Israel, etc) when involved human rights and foreigners.
    For all this type of sensible issues, the domestic laws do not worth
    The International Law still has to be improved but it is the onlu JUSTICE solution in order to avoid terrorism.
    The terrorism from the many Arabic countries raised from the fact that US, Europe, Israel or Russia they apply to international context their domestic laws. That is not Justice, it is simply to their convenience
    Nancy Pelosi has to remain in charge and the US politic has to adopt the International Law for its safee future

    May 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  2. john .......Marlton, nj

    Better off, NO. These two political hacks just helped Obama go on one of the biggest spending sprees in history (including the "Pork Express" Reid's Vegas to California high speed rail) ...It is beyond me that Reid and Pelosi are even in the positrions they are in ...... Are

    May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  3. Jim, Naples

    I just don't know what it is but every time I witness these two monopolize a microphone I end up exhaling a huge "HUH???" and spend the next 5 minutes figuring out they really had nothing to say but were simply seeking another "photo OP" to torture America with.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  4. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Not really, because the Republicans would immediately demonize whoever replaced them.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  5. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Obama couldn't ask for anyone better. He knows that two of the biggest partisan hacks are in control of congress, and they'll push anything through that the Democrats need to. This frees Obama up to pretend to work towards healing our country's divide. The voting records will show it's all a farce though.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  6. Jim S from Gardendale, Alabama

    Neither Pelosi or Reid are popular even among Democrats. They're wimpy, sleazy and pure politicians at a time when we need people who support the President's agenda and pull together. Moreover, I'm not real impressed with either one of them when it comes to intelligence. Hopefully, they can be replaced in the near future.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  7. RD Kansas City

    If Barack wants a second term he should seek an alternative to both leaders.As an ex boxer Reid seems to be punch drunk, and Pelosi seems to be drunk off the punch.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  8. Robert

    Hi Jack, My answer to this question is an unequivical YES!!!. Harry Reid and Nancy Peloci are doing more and more each day to hurt this country. Nancy Peloci is an accused Liar and Harry Reid is causing dis-trust. I also believe that Joe Biden is just a plain and simple idiot.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  9. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are completely in sync with Obama in regard to policy, they just aren't able to snow the public the same way Obama does. He is much more refined in his delivery of political manure.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  10. Jane (Minnesota)

    YES!!!!!! We would have been better off without them in the final years of the Bush term also.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  11. Fred R Deleon

    Harry Reid given his experience in Congress never has been is Pelosi's situation. Her lies, body talk, her lack of providing proof of what she said about the torture issue and talking about CIA without any proper documentation backing up her statement makes her a NON GRATA personna for the Congress. SHE SHOUL BE LET GO.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  12. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    It sure seems that way. Those people put them there. Let those people who put them there solve the problem.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  13. David in San Diego

    There probably would be stronger, more effective Congressional leaders, but the process of overthrowing the present ones and getting new ones would be more distraction, during this active legislative period, than it would be worth.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  14. C.J. from Montreal

    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are to Barak Obama what kryptonite is to Superman. Both are weighing down the President's already daunting agenda with their extreme partisanship and pointless witch hunts of the previous administration. The best that Obama can hope for is that they continue to self-destruct and retreat to whatever hole they can from. He would be definitely be better off without them !

    May 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  15. Simpliticus

    Obama would be better off simply taking point as the leader over Pelosi and Reid. And now with the chatter of Cheney becoming more prominent, it seems that Obama will have to look into past Bush administration matters simply to shut Cheney up. The ratcheting of back-and-forth concerns between using and not using torture will be a cause of concern for Obama if the President wants Cheney to have his issues of country safety first with torture use. Obama risks losing the moral high ground which is why Pelosi and Reid are not the problems here. Obama must take point in this matter and Cheney's rancorous speeches why torture must be used has to be countered adequately by Obama and that means opening the matter to independent investigations, this is where we are headed as Cheney seems to be getting more people to side with him in polling! An investigation will stop all chattering on this matter and it should be implemented immediately!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  16. Marie Ontario

    From watching all the reports Obama would be better off with Congressional members other than most of those currently in office and removing Pelosi & Reid would just be dessert.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  17. gerry In Toronto

    No, I think both Pelosi and Reid do a great job. Point is Jack, there has to be someone for the GOP to attack, and both Reid and Pelosi accept their role in that regard.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  18. David of Alexandria VA

    Yes. Reid and Pelosi are very far left of the majority of voters who elected Obama. The more they push, the more people will belive thay have elected one of "them" and not one of "us." This, BTW has been one of the reasons the Dems have never been able to hold power for very long.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  19. Jayne

    Yes and if there was a way President Obama could order spine transplants for Democrats in Congress, that would be appreciated by a whole lot of Democratic voters.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  20. Tom in Dubuque Iowa

    Jack; Mr. Obama would be better off with out Reid and Pelosi; their atitude that we are in control and can do what we want is causing more friction. Case in point; Arlen Specter crosses the aisle, and the first thing Harry Reid does, is strip him of his chairmanship. Wow, what a way to make an allie!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  21. Keith - Ohio

    Jack, You are insinuating that Pelosi & Reid are leaders now.

    Leaders, we do not have.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  22. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    I though those two were useless since day one. I'd seen enough of Queen Pelosi before 2009 came around. For the most part, I think Reid has demonstrated to be spineless. They can both be in the same flight west.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  23. Linell, Winter Park, FL

    Yes, and McConnell and Boehner, too...they have all lost sight of who they are supposed to be working for!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  24. Jenna

    Would President Obama be better off with congressional leaders other than Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi?

    Couldn't hurt..

    New blood in leadership in the House and Senate should be a given with a New President.

    Roseville CA

    May 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  25. Lance in Ca

    Pelosi and Reid are not my idea of "the best" but they are what the Dems considered and chose. Them's the rules.

    What's better to LISTEN to Cheney. He just said his MAIN job was National Security in the Admin! Hello???? Torture? Afghanistan? Iraq? Wiretapping? He's up for PRISON TERMS all over the world!

    Cheney says Torture isn't torture and leaking memos is ANTI- Security but he wants ALL of them released to prove TORTURE worked. Read Art. 2 of the Geneva Accords if you don't think "ALL" the prison abuses weren't a type of torture! That's why the Pres won't release more!

    If it WASN'T torture...why only use it on 3 prisoners? Why "special" rules to allow it? Why did the CIA destroy tons of videos and paperwork that had to do with ENHANCED interrogations?

    Cheney's in CYA mode to keep out of prison!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  26. nora CC TXAS

    Sure replace them with Heckle and Jeckle, same difference!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  27. Stan in Boston

    Obama would be better off without Congress at all. But that is not how our country works. Congress is a co-equal branch of the government. It is not supposed to be a rubber stamp for Obam's proposals. That said, Reid is no Sam Rayburn or LBJ, and Pelosi is no Tip O'Neil. With a better majority leader and a speaker with a better public persona, Obama might have an easier time dealing with Congress...or, then again, he might not.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  28. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    I never thought I would say this but when considering our current state of affairs, I think Obama and the American people would be better off if there was no Congress at all. It is too bad we cannot simply dismantle Congress and start over again.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  29. Tina Tx

    Frick and Frack are usless. Always have been and they have worn out their welcome mat and Obama needs better leaders over the Democrats. Get fresh thinkers in there would be a start and some one who does not remember what happened or lies about it when asked.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  30. Alan

    Yes. Absolutely.

    Nancy Pelosi is not willing to be aggressive enough with the Republicans, let alone her own party. We need someone who is well spoken and can challenge the Republicans and beat them on the media game.

    Harry Reid is another story. I fully believe that he is unwilling to go after the torturers because so many of them go to the same church as he does. (Yes, many of the people involved in the torture scandal are Mormons.) Mormons are taught not to go against those of their same faith. They also tend to be far more Conservative than they let on. He needs to be ditched because he cannot be trusted when it comes to challenging the ideology he gets fed on Sundays. He has shown he is willing to be a full obstructionist when it comes to issues where Mormons might end of going to jail.

    The Democrats have shown that even if they have a majority they are a spineless lot. That is the choice we have. Spineless or Evil. Take your pick.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  31. John Webster, Aldergrove BC Canada

    No Jack, the status quo gives balance in the views from the top. Reid and Pelosi take the heat of Obama and make his moves look more palatable to those inclined to differ with him.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  32. Dave in Arizona

    Yes. Look, I'll be the first to admit I don't know all the politics and views surrounding them but I do see them far too much, which means we aren't seeing what the administration is doing. I want responsible and accountable leadership and the more we're distracted by individuals like these two, the more an administration can get away with.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  33. Mark in OKC

    Pelosi and Reid are "out of touch" liberal loons who don't even have sense enough to read the pulse of the American people. How they got to their present positions in congress is beyond me. Obama would be better off listening to a council of Boy Scouts than those two schmucks.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  34. Venia PA

    I think Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid suffered bad reps when bush was in office and vetoed everything they tried to do. Now that they have a more cooperative president, we have seen they are capable of accomplishing alot. And as for the republicans calling for Nancy to step down, I say as soon as the real criminals are put in jail then we can talk about it.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  35. Bruce in Bend OR

    Is this a trick question?

    Bruce in Bend

    May 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  36. Joe in MO

    No. Every president has to face the same baloney no matter who is in charge. The GOP would obstruct in any case. Tearing down those in office to build yourself up has become a national pastime. Unfortunately it tears down the nation too.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  37. Jojo

    Too soon to tell. Pelosi will be just fine.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  38. Don (Ontario)

    Yes! As much as I like them as people, they are not the right kind of leaders to help Obama implement his agenda. Time of a change.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  39. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    Unfortunately, they are rule not the exception when it comes to the Democratic Party. Reid and Pelosi are both self-serving, egotistical windbags who are about as transparent are a piece of glass. Who would you prefer be in their place?

    May 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  40. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    YES! Dennis Kocinich in the House and Bernie Sanders in the Senate would be better...too bad that Sen Sanders is an Independent though.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  41. odessa

    i would get rid of harry reid because he's too weak as a senate majority leader..he caves too much towards republicans than criticzing them afterwards..pelosi regrets that she should have never taken impeachment off the table while trying to win back the white house..it was already accomplished by president obama's way and nobody can't reach it but him..what we need is new progressive independent leaders who can do the job rather siding with other parties for political gains.republicans aren't better either because they haven't solved any differences with opposite parties.republicans only messing with pelosi because she's a woman and she got power that they can't stand anyway.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  42. Pablo in Tejas

    he'd be better off with some Congressional leaders, period!
    So would the country.

    Arlington Texas

    May 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  43. Pat Page


    I am a died in the wool Democrat. I am a supporter of President Obama but old Nancy and old Harry need to go.

    We need youg blood in Congress not old farts like Nany and Harry.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  44. Lisa in Ga.

    No Jack, no matter who the congressional leaders are .. somebody, somewhere is gonna find "something " to say about them......hhmm right Jack?

    May 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  45. Kevin ,Fl

    I think the entire Country would be better without them and a few others to speak of. Especially those who claim to be "Pro America", but continue to outsource our jobs, do not want to secure our Southern Border, and continue to undermine our National Security , by pretending to be "Concerned." It will take a leader , who Loves this Country and its Constitution dearly, stands for the good values of working and middle America, and isnt afraid to kick a little enemy behind...because he might offend someones sensibilities to get this Great Nation back where we belong. Sadly, I do not think such a person (man or woman) exists in Washington anymore.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  46. Annie, Atlanta

    Reid yes. He's a closet Republican. The jury's still out on Pelosi, for me. If she's the catalyst to an investigation into torture, I'd keep her.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  47. Katiec Pekin, IL

    If we could take away ego and misguided sense of power, they would be ok. Unfortunately, there is not a politician out there that is not full of theirselves. Pelosi and Reid are babes in the woods when you compare them to all the pompous, egotistical, irresponsible republicans out there.
    They like all politicians need to put the needs of our country and the people before party and showboating.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  48. Melissa

    I don't like either of them, but I don't think that anyone should allow them to be pushed out of office by the Republicans. Neither of them have done anything illegal that anyone knows of, people just don't like them because they're hyper partisan. While I think its wrong to be hyper partisan, that doesn't make it illegal.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  49. Rosalie Shoafstall Az

    I'm not sure about Obama but I think the Democrats and the rest of us would be better off. I'm not sure where they are going, but I think its best we don't go there. How did they ever get voted in????

    May 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  50. A. Davis

    Nancy Pelosi is doing just fine, but Reid is a total waste of time. Take him allowing the gun amendment being added to credit card legislation as a perfect example.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  51. Rosalie Shoafstall Az

    I think the democrats and the rest of us would be better off with out them.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  52. Ed from Southwest Colorado

    Regretfully I would have to answer yes. Pelosi is causing too much of a firestorm and Reid seems totally ineffectual. Maybe time for new leadership.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  53. NANCY M.- Colorado

    President Obama would be better off, as would the whole country, if the Republicans would stop the ridiculous side tracking tactics they have evidently decided to use. I guess their philosophy is "if we can't win, then we will do everything we can to sabotage the other side". Shame, shame, shame. How patriotic!!! I wish the media would stop giving them a platform. Surely the media can find something, maybe less dramatic, but still important to talk about.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  54. Eileen

    Jack, Pelosi and Reid are about the weakest leaders possible in Congress. They show a face of the Democratic Party that fumbled and gave in during the Bush administration, and now with large majorities in Congress can't deliver for a hugely popular Democratic President. Their message is muddled and ineffective, and they back down to criticism from the right without a strong counterpunch. I shudder to think how the health care legislation will be handled, let alone other major issues that this country needs to address.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm |

    Both should resign. In my opinion, anyody would be better than Pelosi or Reid other than Al Franken if he is elected.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  56. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    Nancy Pelosi is a courageous woman. She is the only person in Congress to tell the public the obvious. The CIA lied during the build up of the Iraq war. Nothing that Cheney, Bush, the GOP or the CIA tell us now is the truth. It never was. Only Pelosi has the courage to say that. Remember too that Cheney found nothing wrong with outing CIA agent Valerie Plame as an act of political revenge. No one in the CIA did anything. Even today we don't know who outed Valerie Plame. Any CIA agent who tried to tell the truth to the American people would be destroyed. The Cheney-Bush Administration and the GOP waged war against all truth tellers.
    Pelosi also delivers. We can get needed legislation like medical care and global warming through because of Pelosi's leadership.
    I'm giving Harry Reid the benefit of the doubt. However, I want deliveries. We need medical care with a public option. The public should not be forced to watch the money they spend on health insurance go into Wall Street's deep pockets, or into the grubby hands of lobbyists or corrput Senators. We cannot afford to ignore global warming. Our survival is at stake. If Reid can't deliver the goods, he needs to be replaced.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  57. Pugas-AZ

    Harry and Nancy congressional leaders! Leading them where? Probably leading the Democrats to lose seats in the next election and for the country to lose in general. Lady and gentleman, please take your seat. and quit standing in the way of history.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  58. Ben in Maryland

    Nancy Pelosi should resign. Her failure to back up her claims against the CIA puts her integrity in great question, if not in the toilet. Why is it that every speaker since Tip Logan has been proven to be dishonest? A person at that level should have more integrity to earn the trust of the public. As to Harry Reid, his leadership begs questioning. After hammering for almost seven years about Gitmo, failing to support the President now that its closure is proposed, makes his hypocracy evident.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  59. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Sometimes the grass looks greener on the other side. You have to be careful for what you ask or wish for.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  60. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Absolutely! Pelosi and Reid have done NOTHING to further Democratic dominance in Washington. They both have done terrible jobs and the president could get a lot more done if he had different people in those positions. Pelosi, especially, has been a huge disappointment.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  61. Shirley

    Ohhhhhhhh – that's what they are suppose to be doing. Guess I'd better check my definition of a Congressional Leader.


    May 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  62. WilliamTell

    Jack, I've watched these two representives of the people for years, neither have promoted a agenda to united the Congress and Senate. They always are blaming someone else of their Gaffes and failures, not taking ownership of the mistakes. They play this "smiled in your face all the time want to kick your place the back stabbers" towards Obama. Well Obama is finally learning the hard way, he can not trust these two to push his agenda. It's time for them to read up on their Social Security benefits and enjoy their retirement.

    William Tell
    Buffalo, NY

    May 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  63. John from Alabama

    Jack: I believe President Obama would be better served if Nancy Pelosi was not the Speaker of the House. Senator Reid needs to realize that his agenda is not as important as that of the peoples needs. Both individuals have two large egos for their job titles, but no humble pie in thier office.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  64. Ray in Nashville

    Yes he would, Jack, and so would the nation.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  65. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Dopey (Pelosi) and Grumpy (Reid) need to go and the sooner the better. They do not represent the change we need in Congress to even try to get us moving in a direction of unity, even if it is a small move. The are dividers, liars, power mongers and inept. I'm surprised that the numbers are as high as they are, maybe one of their staffers counted the votes.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  66. Terry from North Carolina

    Absolutely, these two book ends have to go, especially " I have no recollection of that" Pelosi . Barack Obama has enough on his plate, without worrying about whether or not these two will support him and his programs or turn their backs on him when he needs them.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  67. JOY

    Obama would not be better off without Harry Reid And Pelosi.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  68. Jean B

    The USA would be better off without Reid, Pelosi and Obama. The great spenders of all time History in the USA. Many are starting to complain about the flip flopping fakes.
    Jean B

    May 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  69. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    He would be a lot better off with anyone else other than the Abbott and Costello of Congress. They should both step down from their positions. They are doing more harm than good for their party, the American people and President Obama.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  70. Gabriel from Hartford, CT

    YES! These two life-long politicos have done a huge disservice to the curent administration, the Democratic Party and this Country. They should be replaced ASAP and get a real job for a change!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  71. Karen

    Yes. Get rid of them both. Maybe then something constructive will get done in Washington.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  72. Daniel Indiana

    First off, who would do a better job? They both leave a lot to be desired, but they do what they believe to be the right thing. I don't agree with Speaker Pelosi and haven't when she wouldn't bring impeachment charges against President Bush and VP Cheney. There are many things that Majority Leader Reed has done that didn't pass muster, especially when I lived in Nevada. Those are difficult jobs and many wouldn't want to do them. I guess that the Republicans would do anything to have those positions, no matter how inept the operation. They just want to return to power and control all Americans and the world. They would do a fine job, like they did with our economy, and we would be in a corporate tax-free country with no regulation. They would, again, blame the Democrats for the failure of the economy when their policies devastated our country and world. Government is as mismanaged as are corporations, so what difference does it make?

    May 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  73. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Absolutely.................Oh boy Jack.Those two are in outer space.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  74. Nancy in Albuquerque,NM

    We can never underestimate the ability of the democratic party to shoot itself in the foot...and Pelosi has an itchy trigger finger. Reid also is too complacent and docile to the point of being asleep at the wheel. I can only hope that Obama can convince the democrats in congress to replace them with somebody that has a spine.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  75. Lynne Parker in N. Augusta, SC

    Jack, right there you've made a mistake. Pelosi and Reid are not "leaders" but followers of and speakers for corporate America. People like me have no representation in congress.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  76. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, these are the two “wits” that lead the Democrats on Capitol Hill. The problem is one is “half” and the other “dim” (they alternate days for their monikers with me). It is time to change up and put some real leadership up. I would love to see Mark Warner as Senate Majority leader and someone more moderate as Speaker. I just don’t think Pelosi and Reid are organized enough to lead lemmings off a cliff.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  77. Howard M., Bolingbrook, IL

    Obama would be far better off without spineless Harry Reid. At least Pelosi has some guts.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  78. Nancy, Tennessee

    Reid and Pelosi certainly would not win any popularity contest because both parked their charisma outside the door. Good thing President Obama has enough for all three of them. Nancy Pelosi has not helped her cause by having some kind of convenient memory lapse. And Harry, there is something about him that makes me think of a cross between Ross Peirot and a bulldog.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  79. Scott in Canada

    Nancy Pelosi: without question. She's plays to the worst of her partisan instincts while trying to (unsuccessfully) lie through her teeth. She's a liability because while Obama's seen as an agent of change and hope in Washington, Pelosi has painted herself as a politics as usual individual. Reid hasn't, yet, been burned as much by his distinction so he may still have some value

    May 21, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  80. circy in new mexico

    I wasn't aware that Mr. Timid and 'Look AT ME" were congressional leaders (at least not the way I understand the word "leader"). Anyway, it's good to change up things on a regular basis, which is why I favor term limits for ALL politicians.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  81. Donald in CA

    No, the only group that has a problem with Reid and Pelosi is the
    republican party. Reid and Pelosi are tough and represent the Democratic party well.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  82. Gigi

    Most definitely. I think we'll find out when their terms end. I hope there will be some good Democrats to run in their place. You know how fickle we are. The Republicans could be back in control before we know it. Look at Cheney's approval rating. He was the devil himself a few months ago.


    May 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  83. Chaz

    Pretty easy question. YES !!!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  84. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    I think the 'do-nothing congress' is nice for the president, just not very good for the rest of the country. They need to stop being like the GOP 'yes-men' ran congress and fight the president when necessary! A congress in bed with the president is not good, as we saw during the Bush years!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  85. JS

    Yes, especially Reid, Obama is very brave and it looks like he is standing up to the republican hate party alone. We need some strong voices in the Senate, for health insurance etc. Obama has a broken country to fix and the welfare of the people to take care of, I think the man must work 7 days a week. Joan NC

    May 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  86. Lance Schumacher

    Well, anybody would better than Pelosi. Probably too much to hope that the ultra-left Congress would consider a member from the moderate middle of the party, but anything would be better than Queen Nancy. Reid is just as bad, however, he, at least, seems better at keeping his foot out of his pie-hole at this time. Obama is just beginning to learn the harsh realities of being "The President" and it is exhilerating to watch him continuously have to back-pedal when he realizes he can't just "say it and get it" (Gitmo for example).
    Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    May 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  87. Ed Gaddis

    Yes he would be better off with stronger leaders but he has to work with what he has.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  88. Rob of Brooklyn

    YES–those 2 need to go visit the Palin's and don't come back . I don't trust either of them – too much lying going on

    May 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  89. Deborah, Los Angeles

    I like Nancy Pelosi-and the gop-stopper attempt to tar her with the Bush/Cheney/Lintball torture brush is as lame as it is transparent. Madam Speaker is strong and right: the CIA and "Slam Dunk" Tenet helped lie us into a war that has killed and mamed our good men and women and countless Iraqis while lording over torture IN OUR NAME.

    Harry Reid is another story...what a wuss of a majority 'leader"!!! I hope Nevadans retire that frightened, mumble-mouthed apologist in 2010. What the heck is he talking about...saying that Gitmo can't close because we 'can't release terrorists into the US?" Is that what we did with the blind sheik who masterminded the '93 World Trade Center bombings? Did we do that with Eric Rudolph, Tim McVeigh? Reid buckeled under a Darth Cheney sucker-punch...he's gotta go!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  90. Dr. Sam

    Sen. Reid betrayed Obama big time on Gitmo closing. That, to me is unforgivable. If the Bush Supreme Court, and Bush himself, wanted Gitmo closed.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  91. Jim


    No, not at all. The Republicans would demonize the democratic congressional leaders whoever they might be. Pelosi and Reid are doing fine, despite what you and hard-right conservatives might think.

    Reno, Nevada

    May 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  92. Dina

    I think Harry Reid used to have a backbone... Harry Reid needs to be dumped. Though I was happy he didn't treat Arlen Specter like a lifelong democrat. If Obama needs Nancy Pelosi to be tough and rock solid behind him, he needs only to stand behind her. To me, if the GOP hates you, you must be wonderful and the GOP hates Pelosi. I say keep her but give her support.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  93. Frank from Peterborough

    All Obama needs to do is get rid of Lobbyists as the money the dole out to every member of Congress is just bribery and prevents any sensible legislation from being enacted on behalf of the people.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  94. Michael Sullivan from Lafayette, California

    Jack - I'm a Democrat, and I've thought all along that both Nancy Pelosi
    and Harry Reid haver been and still are weak and ineffective leaders -
    this latest run-around by Pelosi is a prime example - where is the likes of a Tip O'Neil when you need him or her?

    May 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  95. gerry luimes

    Both the Dems and the Reps have their achilles heels.In this case it may well be Reid and Pelosi.After all,there has been a lot of smoke generated which means that there is or was a fire somehwere.
    On the other hand some "thinkers" regulaerly find ways to expand and drag a problem into a realm of a near disaster.
    The outcome of this "tiff" might yet surprise us!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  96. Matt

    Yes, Pelosi and Reid are the most incompetent leaders that I have ever seen. I'm a staunch Democrat and liberal, but those two make me sick. If they can't even get their own people in the House and Senate to vote the way that Democrats want, what's the use of even being in charge? Obama would be better off kicking them to the curb and getting Democratic Senators and Representatives to put someone in charge that can get things done.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  97. marlene

    Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi aren't necessarily the problem for President Obama. The Democrats in Congress represent diverse constituents and can't be expected to move in a block or in lock-step. That is what is great about the Democratic party. But having term limits for all elected leaders would be the best thing for America. Marlene in Mich

    May 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  98. Rick Medina,OH


    I think the term 'bi-partisan-ship' is over-worked, especially since about one-third of voters regard themselves as Independent. What we need are leaders who are masters at forming consensus. These two do not fit the bill.

    Rick, OH

    May 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  99. chris

    we would be better off all three were in power by the dmocratic socilist party that is we are headed to being told what to do eat and drink and tax everone for everythign that is where they are taking us not to mention all the govt spending and waste their putting up on us taxpayers

    May 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  100. kay, tx

    Pres. Obama would be better off with someone in there that shares his goal to do what's right for America as a whole. Unfortunately, those politicians don't exist. Self preservation is the name of the game.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  101. Phil, georgia

    Reid and Pelosi have been doing a stellar job. They are in very close lock-step with the president, you won't agree on everything, but they should be able to find ways to get most things done.
    There only negatives, are Republican talking points of criticizing anything they do and sadly Reid and Pelosi can't defend themselves all the time.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  102. Jerry,OK


    Jerry.......Broken Arrow, OK

    May 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  103. Elizabeth

    I think Reid and Pelosi are hurting themselves, not the President. All Democratic members of Congress should take note; myself and millions of others voted for Barak Obama, not you. We love and support his President, not you. Should you continue to thwart his efforts to bring change to this country, the change myself and millions of others voted for, you will suffer for it when your re-election is at hand. We are taking note of your actions and we are not happy.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  104. Thom Richer

    At this point in time they are both ineffectual in their positions and need to pass power on to others who will be more beneficial in uniting Dems and Republicans. Also, we the people deserve and need committed representation for our welfare and not private agendas. There seems to be a problem for our chosen leaders to remember why they are there, who put them there and who they are to work for. An inigma, to be sure, but one that must be addressed and answered. We the people no longer have a meaningful or respected voice in governing these United States and it is way passed time for us to remain silent and submissive. Listen to us or leave.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  105. Jerry A - Toronto, Ontario

    Jack, Obama would be better off with Bill Maher and Whoopi Goldberg, at least when they screw up it will be funny to watch. Reid and Pelosi are nothing but an anchor dragging behind a sailboat with a great wind.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  106. Jeff Crocket

    At this point Republicans like myself love having Laurel and Hardy leading the democrats.

    Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    May 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  107. David M.

    Yes. Inidict Pelosi for perjury unless she can prove the CIA lied. If the CIA is lying to Congress, we have a much bigger problem; Occam's Razor says she's just covering herself – and badly, as nobody with a brain believes the CIA is consistently lying to Congress.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  108. Karen, Nashville

    The entire country would be better off.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  109. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I think Nancy Pelosi is doing a great job and that Senator Reid has the best interests of the Democratic Party at heart. Jack, I almost always agree with you on issues, except your attacks on Nancy Pelosi. But you are great anyway!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  110. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: Pelosi and Reid are the hand Obama has been dealt. For all the criticism they've endured, there has been some significant legislation that has moved through Congress – much to the dismay of the token GOP. These rolls change over time – at the Presidents urging. They're actually a pretty remarkable duo, notwithstanding all that has been thrown their way. Watch out if we wind up with 2 charasmatic Dem House & Senate leaders – the GOP will be rendered catatonic!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  111. Lisa Casey, Ashford, Alabama

    Yes, when will you be available to take over, Jack?

    May 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  112. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pelosi and Reid are absolute disgraces to their states, and make a mockery of our legislative process. If Clinton was can be impeached for lying about an affair Pelosi needs to be investigated and forced to resign. Reid took a week to come clean about the AIG bonus fiasco and confess he asked for the loophole to be put in. Disgraceful.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  113. don (in naples, florida)

    their are dividers and uniters. unfortunately for pelosi we are in a time when we want uniters. Pelosi is really going against the grain. Bush is no longer in office, we don't need people throwing blame around. What we need are solutions. Pelosi should step down as should harry reid.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  114. Joan Wilder

    The only one hurting Obama is Obama. Your questions really should be: Who is hurting America most?

    May 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  115. Mike – Denver, CO

    Possibly, but think about it Jack, with Reid and Pelosi out there goofing things up, they are doing a great job of diverting attention from the economy, national debt, and unemployment.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  116. Adam Thousand Oaks, CA

    Jack, there's an old saying: "Do you know how to tell when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving." These 2 are prime examples of everything that is wrong with politics.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  117. Kari in Huntington Beach

    The country would be better without these two and probably a whole lot more. It's time for fresh ideas and new faces. The old guard must go if this country really wants to move forward. Let's find some new people that don't care what party they are with, they want what's best for all. Quit voting these people in!

    May 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  118. Joel Albarella

    Absolutely! Shouldn't we as a nation draw the line when accusations against a major US security Institution are flung about like a "yes we can" frisbee?? Yes we should! Political mudslinging of the CIA during a time of increasing global unrest is simply not acceptable! Prove your accusations, Speaker, or publically apologize.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  119. Michelle in Pennsylvania

    Of course Reid and Pelosi are hurting Obama, Jack. They are both too far to the left, Reid is spineless and even without the he said/she said fiasco Pelosi caters to much to the extremes. Reid will hopefully get his walking papers from the voters next year, but what to do about Pelosi?

    May 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  120. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I think it depends on who the other leaders would be. It could be worse.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  121. Karyn

    Yes. They have both been disappointing in their leadership roles. They do not inspire confidence from me. Pelosi has always seemed to care more about representing the liberal views of the Democrats instead of taking the more pragmatic centrist approach in leadership. She is Speaker of the House; not just Speaker of the liberal Democtratic members. Harry Reid just seems to be out of his element in a leadership position. I really don't see him as a strong, decisive Majority Leader.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  122. Jason

    If the democrats want to keep power, they need to eject these two or else vote in more moderate leaders in each house. Reid and Pelosi are acting like vindictive children instead of seasoned leaders.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  123. Geoffrey

    President Obama would absolutely be doing better if it was not for the inconsistent and partisan leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. It's shameful that our politicians still don't understand the concept of statesmanship on both sides of the aisle that President Obama wants to try to incorporate back into governance. I hope that at some point our leaders will focus on the big issues concerning our country instead of political positioning and talking points!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  124. Vinnie Vino


    Thank you for this question, since the last election I have been calling for both of their leadership heads because they are not compatible with President Obama's new political ideology...

    Central Islip, NY

    May 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  125. Kelby, In Houston Texas

    No, but they are not helping either. Reid really needs to get his troops in line. The people want Obama's agenda to move forward. The Senate Dems look weak and fearful in a time where they should not be. The Dems hold the majority for a reason, they need to act accordingly

    May 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  126. Marjorie Lominy

    If I have to chooose between two evils, I will keep Nancy Pelosi. Harry Reid is a waste of time. He can not put a coalition of his own party together if his life depended on it. He has been a failure since 2006. He needs to be "daschled" and fast.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  127. Sylvia from California


    Pelosi and Reid have clearly demonstrated that they care primarily about furthering their own agendas. They will say and do things without regard to how it impacts Presiden Obama. I believe President Obama has tried to reach out to the Republicans and those 2 bozos (Pelosi and Reid) do everthing to undermine his efforts....


    May 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  128. stanfmic

    Yes he would, as Pelosi and Reid are both spineless.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  129. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    Pelosi is more controversial than Reid, but no matter which Democrats lead congress, the "No" party would be attacking them, just as Cheney and company is attacking our President. As far as the torture issue, while Pelosi didn't handle that (and some other issues) particularly well, I don't understand why the "slam dunk" CIA is getting a free credibility ride. Just because Panetta didn't see any contemporaneous documents stating "we lied to congress" doesn't mean they didn't lie. The CIA certainly tried lying to senator Brown about how many torture briefing sessions they held with him.

    So would Obama be better off with different congressional leaders? I say only if those leaders were unassailable by the No Party, and I doubt that such potential leaders do, or could exist.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  130. Bo Haynes

    It's not about these two and what they know or did not know. They was only playing their part in order to keep their seat until democrats take control of the house, they can speak openly now because their voices will be heard and will be taken in consideration. The last admin only listen to Cheney who we all know was the real shot caller, as we all see he's out there defending his actions not Bush's action.

    Philadelphia Pa

    May 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  131. DAMON

    President Obama would be better off without congressional leaders Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi. They are drags on the party JACK.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  132. Eileen Peabody MA


    Here's a hint....YES!!!!

    We need all leaders in Congress to begin behaving like grown ups. In this I mean we elected them to office to represent our intersts....not just the Democratic or Republican line.

    Oh...it's nice for the President to have a YES MAN (WOMAN) congress, but the nation needs leaders who will question policy and to forge ahead for the good of all citizens.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  133. Mike

    As a Nevadan, my hopes are uplifted to know that my fellow citizens are awakening to see Sen. Harry Reid for who and what he is. Mr. Reid represents all that is wrong in DC...a greedy power monger with no connection to or understanding of those he allegedly represents. It will be good riddance to bad rubbish in 2010.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  134. Ed Keppel

    Yes Mr obama will be much better off without President Pelosi and VP Reid.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  135. bobwhite, Ks

    Who would do any better, Jack? All congresspersons are too caught-up in the games played in Washington. I am waiting for the promised change. Pelosi and Reid are no worse than any others. Of the five elected to congress from my bright red state only one deserves to remain there, yet three of the worst were just elected or re-elected. Obviously, I'm out of touch with my state's voters. Thank goodness!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  136. Alex in Seattle

    Yes, Speaker Pelosi's waffling on what she knew about torture and when she knew it did President Obama no favors and allowed Republicans to deflect the focus that was on them. But, to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, the president has to work with the Congress he has, not the Congress he would like to have. So, Jack, unless there is a change in Congress before the midterm elections, this question is moot.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  137. Mark from Wisconsin


    They are not just hurting Obama – they are hurting the entire country.

    With all due respect, Harry Reid is weak and incompetent. Nancy Pelosi is vengeful and far too radical.

    Ah, well.....Jimmy Carter had Billy Carter as a constant embarassment. Obama has three....Reid, Pelosi and Biden!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  138. Della

    No Way, This has to be the dumbest stupidest Congress and Senate we have ever had.
    They need to get some backbone and some common sense. I will NEVER visit another state or natural park again if this is passed and will discourage everyone in sight not to go either. This is beginning to be like the wild wild west. With this law no one is safe not even the police.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  139. Nella C

    Yes, Reid and Pelosi are hurting Obama. You can't rail against Guantanamo, and then vote to keep it open! As Democratic leaders, they should have more spine than that. Reid and Pelosi should be circling the wagons around Obama, as the Republicans did around Bush/Cheney, and they should fiercely refute all arguments against Obama's policies. After all, it's what we voted for when we put Obama in office. He hasn't forgotten it, but maybe Reid and Pelosi have. It could be time for FURTHER Change!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  140. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi

    Jack, The country, the world will be a better place without all of them, the next election can't arrive soon enough!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  141. mark

    pelosi and reid are like the other all the other people arround the president none of them know what the truth is and how to talk the truth.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  142. Kevin Lunenburg MA.

    Jack, it's pretty clear that the Republicans in Congress are not offering any reasonable ideas to help resolve the country's health care, education, regulatory problems AND the fiscal mess we have. Perhaps with new leadership in Congress, the Democrates could find a way to attack these issues and bring the Federal budget under control. For too long Washington has kicked the can down the road and it seems that the children now in charge don't want to change that. It's high time to replace the Speaker and Senate Majority Leader with responsible adults.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  143. Ellen

    Reid - definitely YES. The president needs a more articulate, charismatic and savvy spokesman in that position.

    Pelosi - so far, NO... but she has damaged her credibility in the last few weeks with unclear and uneven responses to the mudslinging coming her way.

    Petaluma, CA

    May 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  144. Sue Zelenka

    I think if we limited terms in congress,he probably would have better people in those spots.I really think terms should be limited.How else do you get fresh ideas and maybe it would help the corrupt lobbying that goes on.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  145. Lou Lento

    Senator Reid is long past any useful logic. Please tell me when a prisoner taken from one lock up to the next has to be released first? Every such happening has been accomplished with great security, and complete safety. Please tell me what he is talking about? What
    Pork is he seeking when he makes bold statements, and within days does a 180% turnabout? Gitmo, Illinois Senator, etc. etc. We have enough worthless representatives whose sole purpose in life is reelection, with little or no regard for those they represent.
    Lou Lento

    May 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  146. Mike, from Florida

    Jack, I can't overstate how much they need to go. Pelosi and Reid are wartime consiglieres, put in place against a party in the majority. Now that the Democrats are in charge, they need more moderate leaders, people like John Conyers and Ron Wyden. Pelosi is not a peacetime Speaker, and Reid is just wrong for the job.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  147. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    The country would be better off without those two half-wits. How either of them gets re-elected and how they got the positions they have reflects the ignorance of both the voters and their peers in congress. Until we get politicians with measurable intelligence we are as good as lost.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  148. lynn

    Would the Republicans be better off withpout OConnell and Boehner, Jack? All four have been around too long and spend all their time fighting old fights, and trying to get re elected. No change in partisan politics until all four leave "the stage".

    May 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  149. Rena

    Yes, I've long thought Harry Reid should be replaced and now I think Nancy Pelosi's time has come. She's backed herself into a corner and, although I can easily believe her accusations that the CIA has misled, lied to, withheld information from members of Congress, I don't see how she is going to move on positively. Her removal would be a black mark, however, and Congress (let alone the Democrats) don't need that.
    King County, WA

    May 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  150. priscillia akanang

    You know a devil you know is better than one you don't know. i'm so glad with what the president said, that he is not the only one in washington who took a vow to uphold the consttitution. maybe if cheney,bush and the others are prosecuted then washington will be so honest and no longer witch hunts.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  151. Video Guy

    Yes they are hurting the WH. Lets send them home.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  152. linda

    not really, it doesn't matter which demo is in charge. none of them have backbones. demos are their own worst enemies.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  153. Chris D., NYC

    I like Mrs. Pelosi,& Harry is okay also.......The fact of the matter is they are fighting for important pieces of legislation right now, & I respect that......They're all we have right now......However I would love to see either younger on fire counterparts, or more fiery elder statesmen/women, giving the GOP hell (like you Jack)!!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  154. Ann C from Nashville

    Reid yes for sure....I am not sure how he got the job but he is NOT the best person to serve in this position. Pelosi...unsure, she is tough but I am not how effective she has been. This President deserves leaders in Congress that can lead effectively and make sure his agenda is carried out...isn't that why he won! I am tired of the same old same old...and maybe they are just that.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  155. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    No, I think everyone has enough on their plate to move forward.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  156. Tim in Minnesota

    Oh my, how effective the rights' propaganda machine is working now. I for one don't give a hoot about either of these characters, but the demonization of these two by the right has again reached a new level. I don't care that much about what Pelosi said or didn't say, but can you really believe what the CIA says and does? I mean, here is a clandestine organization that has a charter to conceal and misdirect and people are going to take them on their word? Bah!
    If Pelosi and Reid are not effective, then congress should vote them out. I guess it depends on how you define effective. Being partisan in EITHER direction doesn't seem very effective, but the voters decided who would rule this time around and in that case, maybe they are effective.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  157. Ed

    Both Reid and Pelosi are polarizing figures on Capitol Hill whose only purpose in life is to promote their own agendas! Both play a very important part in their own lives, and if President Obama has any chance of getting legislation through congress, these two have to be relegated back to their original positions or better yet lose their re-election bids! END OF STORY!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  158. Mary Texas

    Reid is ineffective and it makes little difference whether Pelosi is telling the truth about her breifing or not. As long as the news media lets the Ex VP run his mouth off in front of the audience and give it credebility, nothing will be accomplished over GITMO or any other problem facing us. It is very depressing to watch.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  159. vern-anaheim,ca

    the democratic leaders of the senate and house would have to choose another leader of these houses which i don't think they can do as they have the support of the president,so i guess we're stuck with them

    May 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  160. Gregory T. from Wisconsin

    Even before the recent torture flap, Pelosi was not helping. She is the epitome of what Republicans depict as the "liberal democrat" and undermines the more moderate Obama by injecting partisanship into every bill that crosses her desk. Reid, although not popular, has been more accommodating to the president's agenda.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  161. Jose in McAllen TX

    Bonnie and Clyde (Pelosi and Reid) are so concerned about political strategery and seeking revenge on Republicans that they've forgotten all about serving the American people.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  162. Roger Boyer

    Pelosi must go!!!! In my opinion, when a US Senator gets on TV before the American Public and obviously lies about what she knew about a National Security matter........then they should not be in a position to impact America's National Security.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  163. Brian in AZ

    Jack, Obama LOVES Pelosi and Reid. They're like a credit card in someone elses name. He can spend, borrow and tax us dry while these two political punching bags take the heat! Genius!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  164. Linda in Arizona

    We'd all be better off with leaders who have a spine, and who are effective. Reid is a crook, and a spineless wimp. Pelosi is a pain in the ass, and I've wanted her gone ever since she "took impeachment off the table". That was a dereliction of her constitutional duty, and she had NO right to do it. I'd like to see them both gone. As to who might replace them, I have no good ideas.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  165. AndyZ Lynn. MA

    Never mind President Obama being better off without the dynamic duo of Pelosi and Reid. The human race would be better off without without Dweedle Dee and Dweedle Dum. Let me ask you a question Jack, does anyone in the United States believe Pelosi? I am a die had Democrat and I know of no oone that believes that woman from California. The Democrats had such a great opportunity to make constructive change and they came to this. Sad. Very sad. May I have another plate full of pork in the budget Madame Speaker?

    May 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  166. K

    Pelosi is changing her stories so often I don't think she can keep them straight so, yes, get rid of her. Pelosi and reid are only concerned with their power not the welfare of our country. Termn limits anyone????

    May 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  167. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Its up to the people of Nevada and California whether they want Reid and Pelosi to continue.

    The GOP has been at it again, with their vile campaign of lies and attacks!

    Sadly, some people believe the GOP! Think for yourselves, folks!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  168. Ron in Florida

    Not only Obama but the whole country.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  169. AGO Chelmsford MA

    I don't think so. I have been impressed with what Democrats in the Congress have done so far. Both Pelosi and Reid seem committed to passing legislation to support President Obama's agenda as stated during his campaign. I am reserving judgment on any health care reform coming from Sen. Baucus and the Senate Finance Committee considering his stated preferred position to not nclude a public plan and to seek out Republican votes. I also would like to see how Reid deals with moderate Democrats on the health care issue. I will be unhappy if Pelosi and Reid allow moderate Democrats to water down the health care reform and changes in education that we so desperately need.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  170. John in Denver

    Better Off? – absolutely not – Pelosi/Reid are lightning rods to incompetence – Obama doesn't want to become the next Democrat hit by lightning....

    May 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  171. Sam in Illinois

    Yes they both should go.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  172. Damian from Auburn, NY

    Yes, Reid and Pelosi come off as weak, fickle and without true principle. Not that these are unusual traits for politicians, but more principled progressive Democrats can be found, which will better represent the left of this nation.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  173. John

    Reid and Pelosi need to realize there is now a Democrat in the White and the are no longer the top dogs.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  174. Dorothy,

    Yes without a doubt. especially Reid. I hope something can be done in 2010 to get the president some help, and ditch the Democratic losers that want to roll over and play dead.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  175. Anne

    As a Democrat I have to say yes. Both Pelossi and Reid are ineffective. And there many stronger Democrats in Congress who could provide real leadership. I offer a sampling of those better qualified to lead. Senators Leahy, Schumer and Specter. Representatives Waxman, Reyes and Obey. If you don't like any of these, there are many more that would have a positive effect on the party and more trust among the electorate.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  176. Steve


    Clifton, VA

    May 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  177. Gordon NJ

    Yes. Time for new blood. We need a less liberal Speaker of the House who is more in-tune with President Obama's pragmatism. Pelosi and Reid have both worn our their welcome with me.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  178. Gail, Louisiana

    Where else did the Dimwits s and Repulsive think the prisoners where going to go? As a country we brag about being the best at everything except when it is time to put up or shut, and then we are like scary little creatures that jump up on chairs in order to get away from the little tiny mouse running around on the floor.

    Once again we developed a plan with not exit strategy. The only plan Mr. Cheney had was to catch them, torture them and then return them back to their native land. Who is to say the prisoners he let go have not already found their way back to American soil? How many times are we going to relive past mistakes?

    May 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  179. David Dial

    Everybody in our galaxy would be better off with Congressional leaders other than Pelosi and Reid. That includes Obama and all the little Obamulans.

    Dave... Canton, Ohio

    May 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  180. boxer girl in iowa

    They are part of the problem, and need to be replaced. how does it go ..liar, liar, pants on fire. With a new president of change we need new blood in congress especially now. I say we fire them all and start all over in congress.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  181. Cynthia

    I don't think it would matter as it relates to the Republicans belly aching, as I see it is six in one hand and half dozen in the other. At least their numbers are higher than former President Bush.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  182. Jeff

    The country would be better off with Congressional leaders of any party who had more moral principle than hunger for power. Reid and Pelosi have been horribly ineffective at enacting progressive legislation and are so afraid of a filibuster they are letting the minority party rule the roost. They both punted on impeachment when any reasonable person can see that Bush and Cheney betrayed their oaths of office. These are not leaders, these are cowards.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  183. Joe in Stockton

    I don't know that it's time for Nancy Pelosi to resign just yet. But the Republicans are going to to everything in their power to keep the Pelosi/CIA feud in the forefront. IF Nancy Pelosi winds up devoting so much of her time to damage control that she doesn't have the time to do the job of the Speaker of the House, then I think she should resign as Speaker for the good of Obama's agenda.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  184. RON

    YES. Without fail. Congress would most probably not be as polarized as currently demonstrated. Maybe some actual bipartisanship would take place. Actually working for the good of the country? What a novel idea. The current distaste & disrespect for the leadership of these two cronies has spread throughout Republican, Democratic & Independent ranks; and influencing most American citizens to agree...

    May 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  185. michael huynh

    Mr President.
    you has to love this country, more than you like the party.
    Because you are the president of The USA and the people vote for you
    let you do the job for the country not for the party
    Please, love this country

    May 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  186. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    Much as I find Pelosi and Reid ineffective and unqualified, Obama may be better off with the "enemy" he knows rather than untested others who could be worse Congressional leaders.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  187. James Asher Tennessee

    Absolutely, and I am not a Republican. These two, so called leaders, Sen. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are completely out of touch with the average American. Surely, the Democratic party can pick leaders that are more moderate and in the main stream.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  188. Purnell, Kankakee, IL.

    The people of each of their states chose their own Representatives, and they have the right to send who they want to congress, it is not the President who gets to chose who runs the House of Representatives, and the Senate it's the people!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  189. John in Columbus Ohio

    I wish, as a Democrat, that we could replace Reid and Pelosi with effective leaders for those positions. Durbin would be a great Senate Majority Leader, and if Reid can't hang on to his seat, Durbin may yet have that happen. Pelosi could be replaced by anyone or anything and they'd do a better job. They've only got a backbone when it suits them, and every stand they take seems to be the wrong one.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  190. david

    I think the real question is whether the country would be better off without them as congressional leaders, and i think the answer is yes.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  191. GWS

    ABSOLUTELY!! They are not serving the American people who obviously wanted CHANGE from the old guard. It's almost as if they're republicans in disguise...they're obstructionists to what Pres. Obama is trying to do for the country. Just as the republicans were ousted during the last election, if they don't watch out, they'll be called 'former' congressional leaders real soon!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  192. Jeffrey T.

    Yes! Obama is popular with the people, but in the end he does not carry as much weight on the Hill as he needs. Pelosi and Reid are both established Democratic leaders who may will not always agree with Obama and may be less willing to step back for someone who is essentially a new comer.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  193. Carol Florence MA

    Yes & Yes They are bumbling inarticulate and self serving, taking Obama off the course he was elected to take

    May 21, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  194. Simon in Syracuse, NY

    Hey, what ever happened to the separation of powers? Obama has always gotten his way throughout life. He needs to learn the word "NO" for a change. Harry and Nancy are just what the doctor ordered.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  195. Scott Stodden

    Its possible that President Obama may be better off without Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid, however I dont think so. Nancy Pelosi has been criticized so bad by Washington, the media & the voters for no reason whatsoever. So what if she lied or fibbed as I call it, who hasn't lied in Washington. Nancy Pelosi is the best thing that could have ever happened to the house and Harry Reid cares deeply for the American people. I would be so upset and disappointed as a Democrat if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were no longer a part of the House & Senate. Nancy Pelosi had no control over the Bush administration and what they were doing, leave Nancy Pelosi alone, it would be a big blow to the Democratic Party if they no longer had Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid leading the House and Senate.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Il)

    May 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  196. Gabriel

    I personally think the president is better of without Pelosi. Im sorry but she is making a complete fool of herself!!!!! Everytime she opens her mouth she just keeps on digging herself a deeper hole. I can't see how she'll get re-elected for another term after this whole CIA business. As for Reid, I honestly don't have a problem with him.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  197. Martin

    I think Pelosi and Reid are definitely hurting Obama. They represent part of the failed Bush era where Pelosi and Reid were in charge of the House and Senate. Pelosi's recent performance and extremely partisan attitude towards her position as well as Reid's flip-flopping and indecisiveness only puts a stamp of incompetence on Obama's and the Democrats control of the executive and legislative branches. It would be well served with Reid and Pelosi were replaced with more competent leaders to complement the strong leadership of Obama. Otherwise, Obama's first 2 years will be marred by Pelosi and Reid.

    Martin, Pittsburgh PA

    May 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  198. AJ, Potsdam, NY

    What leadership, Jack? This bunch could be straight out of a Jimmy Breslin novel – except that he'd sue for slander.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  199. Chris (Las Vegas)

    No, he wouldn't be better off without them. These are a bunch of republicans posting that they should resign. Someone will always find something to complain about!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  200. Derek Lind

    Change. The keyword. Tine for change!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  201. Jeremiah

    The President and the rest of the American people will be better off with new Democratic leadership in Congress. Both of them have been an embarrassment with his gaffes and her inability to take action before Obama became the President. We voted for change, and if they do not change leadership soon, then we will need to find a new party to take over the House. Congratulations to Nancy on being the first woman Speaker. I cheered her on and now I'm cherring her OUT.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  202. Ken

    Of course the President would be better off without Pelosi and Reid. We would ALL be better off without them. In fact, I believe we would be best served if all 535 members of the House and Senate are replaced!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  203. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    Hell yes! President Obama would be better off, so would the rest of us. If I had Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dope representing me, I would have to move. Term limits, Jack, its all about the term limits.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  204. Ron Kriel

    Not just Obama, but all of us. And you should include, Bohner, Gingrich, Limbaugh and McConnell. The President is really doing his best, which far exceeds any of his predecessors, but Congres is like the albatros around the neck of the Mariner.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  205. Patrick

    Unquestionably yes. These two personify the worst that Washington and politics in general have to offer. They are do-nothing, selfish, worthless legislators who care for nothing beyond what gets them re-elected and fills their bank accounts. Let us not forget Pelosi's little trip to Italy on the taxpayer's dime.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  206. BJ (Alabama)

    Unfortunately Jack, I have to say yes. I had such high expectations for Pelosi as the fisrt woman speaker. She has proven to be very ineffective and Harry Reid has been useless. Congress in general has proven worthless, even after the shake-up in '06. Get rid of the senior congressman and elect representatives who earn 35K or less or are currently on unemployment. Then, maybe, we can have a Congress to be proud of.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  207. Derek D.

    It's obvious when someone under duress is trying to save their own skin by saying anything to get them out of the hole that she dug herself into. No amount of damage control can repair the damage done to her credibility in my eyes. A personnel change is in order.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  208. David A Whitaker

    Yes,Yes she has become to much of a distraction for the party. The President has enough problems now, who need the side drama.


    Martinsburg, WV

    May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  209. Bob Londraville

    Power is the ability to achieve, not hinder, INTENDED effects.

    When the present Democratic and Republican Leaders hinder the President's efforts, without an alternative, they achieve their present poll ratings.

    Why? They appear to be eroding the President's goals.

    Leadership? Different Democrats or different Republicans would provide little difference....

    May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  210. DavidG San Francisco

    As someone who lives in Pelosi's district, indeed, I live about 5 blocks from her on Telegraph Hill, I can proudly say that I have voted against her repeatedly and I'm a Democrat or I was. She is A DISASTER. Reed, Waxman, etal, are just as bad; Their insane Global Warming agenda, based upon fudged science is a danger to all of us and it will impoverish us. I will vote for anyone who will work to get rid of these people. Because of the poor Democrat leadership,I voted against Obama in the election as a protest, even though I voted for him in the primary. I'm ready for a 3rd party.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  211. Mary

    Well, Duh! Of course they should be replaced. I'm a hard core Democrat, but for the life of me I can't figure out Pelosi and Reid are leading us. They don't seem to be on Obama's team.

    Thanks Jack for having the guts to ask the question!
    Little Rock, AR

    May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  212. Rob McAnneny


    Pelosi and Reed are both disasters as neither seem willing to fashion a complementary agenda with a President who was elected because he is smart, considered, calculating and bold.

    Both play the majority card repeatedly and play to a far left base, which is simply out of step with a President who wishes to be both practical and pragmatic in his problem solving.

    Time to get with the program or get out. They are in over their heads and it is indeed time for a change for both Dems and Republicans. Look at the poll numbers–more Independents thatn Party members.

    Ouch. Rob Cape Cod

    May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  213. Dave in Long Island

    Well ,thanks for the hint jack, Nancy was unfit for the job ever since 2006 when she was appointed. We saw her incompetence when she said that bush's impeachment was "off the table". Oh and harry reid is JUST as qualified as her for senate majority leader. Not to mention his comment about detainees from gitmo being "RELEASED" into the US. WHO SAID THEY WERE BEING RELEASED? Nevertheless, i wouldnt want Kalid Sheikh Mohammed being my mailman....yikes

    May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  214. Jeremy


    Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid need to realize that the 2008 election was NOT a broad ringing endorsement of them and their policies. It was an endorsement of Barack Obama and HIS policies. The president should stick to his guns more often and stop listening to misplaced dissent from congressional leaders like Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid. We elected him, not them.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  215. Nicholas

    Absolutely, yes! Your question almost sounds like someone may have thought Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid has ever done a good job. And, I don't understand why the Republicans are so worried. If they just relaxed a little, the democrats will be out of office sooner than if they tried to win back their offices. With Bush gone, it's only a matter of time.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  216. Susan FL & IL

    Here we go again.........just what the Conservative/Republicans want.....fighting within the Democratic Party. They both should stay right where they are. The Republicans cannot set -up Obama with pretty women.......so they attack the Democratic Leaders......get them all fighting.....and then they will not get anything done.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  217. John


    The only way to improve things in Congress, is to institute term limits. Once this is accomplished, and we rid ourselves of these career politicians, THEN, and only then, can we move forward with issues that are important to the country.

    If we don't we will continue to have these fruitless partisan debates, usually about minor issues, which correct very little.

    Pelosi and Reid are but convenient examples of the broken system which is Congress. They are the two most notable examples of the anti-incumbent sentiment of the voting public.

    Let's address the solution, rather than giving in to yet another partisan attack from those who are out of power, trying to block everything this administration is trying to do.

    I doubt Congress will fix this situation on their own, so it's up to the Amercian people to vote out all incumbents and intitute defacto term limits, until Congress sees the light and does the right thing.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  218. Eileen

    Yes, ...and HELL Yes !!!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  219. dennis watkins

    In a word: YES! Neither one evokes the level of confidence that Obama
    does. Is this another reminder that seniority rules even when other choices are preferable?Reed in particular is a dinosaur and needs to
    be replaced.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  220. stu davidson

    Any one that put impeachment of Bush off the table, should leave. I have no faith or trust with Pelosi or Reid. They should resign!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  221. Frank

    Yes, I am an independent and I absolutely agree that Obama would be better off without Reid and Pelosi, despite the fact that I am of Italian heritage like Pelosi. I don't feel that their leadership has been especially productive in producing meaningful and helpful legislation for our country no matter what party is in the White House. They were basically the leadership of the "party of no" that offset whatever President Bush wanted but when a Democrat is in the White House, they don't seem like much of a help towards bi-partisanship. I feel they are very responsible for Congress's unpopularity in the plls. More than anyone else in Washington, they seem like they are there just to play politics and nothing else.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  222. Jeff

    No that is all that will save us from this rediculos mess Obama is trying to make. From health care to energy and ending with natonal defence the only thing that will save this country from Obama him self is the ineptitude of his hinchmen Reed and Pelosi to carry out his awfull plans. It's like a new colt learning to walk Obama is the direction Pelosi is the front legs Reed is the hind. The head wants to run, one set of legs wants to stand and the last set of legs just wants to dry off for a while. Thank go they can't work together.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  223. Robert - Woodward, Oklahoma

    As a life long democrat in my 50's, who has never voted republican for anything higher than county sheriff, I can honestly say that Pelosi is the worse Speaker of the House we have ever had. For her to be 3rd in line to run this country, it almost keeps me up at night.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  224. Sue Stanley

    I speak with great authority: I've lived in Nevada for 10 years and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 40 years. These two lily-livered, untalented, incapable, malcontents are a disgrace to Congress and the country. Obama deserves much more capable people to help him bring our country back up to snuff. So let's snuff these two out in the 2010 elections if not sooner. I fear that they will be a drag on Obama for his entire time in office and we can't afford that.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  225. Dick from Indiana

    A rose is a rose is a rose and you don't find one in pig slop.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  226. Jim Blevins

    Our government is based on checks and balances - Reid and Pelosi perform this function well for Obama. We don't want congress to make Obama's work easier, we want congress to make Obama's work better.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  227. Bill, PA

    Yes, these two leaders do not seem to have the strength, will nor speaking ability to do the job that needs to be done. But then I remember leaders like Dirkson. There was leader. Ah, the old days. Maybe they were good. At least most members of the Senate and House were civil and kept their shady dealings to the smoke filled back rooms. And broadcasters followed not only the fairness doctrine now gone with financial regulation but followed the FCC law requiring each license to broadcast to be used in "the public interest."
    Conflict for profit is not in the public interest.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  228. Susan - Plano, TX


    You posted a great picture of Reid and Pelosi – the two reminds me of the nightmare of the pair of Chenney and Rice...any good can come out of these two pairs? Yes, and it spells 'DISASTER" to America.

    They are dumb, stupid, ignorant, and only has their political career interest in mind instead of American people. It's time to weed out all the bad seeds in DC.

    Now please ask me a good question about Chenny...I have something intelligent to vent out of my system...

    Plano, TX

    May 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  229. Michael

    Red and Pewlosi – what a pair. Add to that odd couple, Mr. Joe "I'm the Gaff Man" Biden, and I'd say Huessein has his hands full just with that trio! No wonder he's doing a terrible job with handling this Country's problems!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  230. Ray from brooklyn

    hey jack you do remember how gutless these two were under the last administration even after they were supposedly in control of congress.if president obama dose not get rid of these two look out in the midterms.we the people are a lot smarter than politicians think.flim flam
    credit card laws,smoke and mirror health care bills,big oil coming up with new reasons every year for raising gas prices.at the next election
    i'm going to vote for change..AGAIN

    May 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  231. Ron Temecula

    Hi Jack:

    Yes he would be better off with someone less likely to put their foot in their mouth. Reid and Pelosi have an inherent issue with that very impulse.

    Ron Temecula, CA

    May 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  232. Wanda. Granquist

    Jack, I am sick of hearing your comments about Nancy Pelosi. You are either sexist, or following the latest conservative diversion. In 2002, Pelosi and the Democrats had no say & no power. Lets get back to the people who authorized & carried out waterboarding and many torture deaths. When Pelosi did get into power in 2006, the "enhanced interrogations." stopped. Enough! Talk about the guilty parties.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  233. Lisa in Shelton CT

    Jack – I do not think getting rid of either serves us well; though I must agree my confidence in both is not strong as it once was.

    Regarding the Waterboarding – who cares when she knew; she never supported torture – but despite it potentially being a war crime, DIck thinks it was just great and claims it save hundreds of thousands of lives – but nary one example. He could release the top secret stuff from his man-sized safe too.

    If the CIA themselves said they cannot confirm the validity of their own records and Porter Goss used the wording that suggested it might occur in the future, and several other Dems also say that waterboarding was clearly not described as an in-use technique at the senate debriefings – it might be nice to afford Nancy a little leeway in assuming she may be telling the truth. Would it have been nice if she had spoken better or not sounded flustered – yes, but sometimes you begin to answer a question and realize it was loaded with bigger implications and you stumble. Innocent till proven guilty. Cheney and his public confessions seem a better target.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  234. keith

    The whole country would better off, there are more radical liberal losers that could go with them.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  235. Brian Eubanks, Weaverville, NC

    Jack, I left (no pun) the Republican party in 1997 because of the ultra-right-wing recklessness and drunken exuberance of Newt Gingrich and those in control of Congress.

    Yes... Pelosi and Reid need to lay off the bottle of control. They are now a distraction only looking to retain their positions. Fabication and spin control (lok under: Bush/Cheney) are not the change I voted for!!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  236. Suzanne, Oregon

    Well, YES....since you asked. You would think that after 8 years of Bush/Cheney, ALL the Democrats would do all they could the FIRST YEAR, or most of it anyway, to help this President undo all the crap the Republicans pulled. Like he doesn't have enough on his plate, he has to contend with the "leaders" (I use the term loosely) Reid, Pelosi................. AND Cheney and the republicans too???

    And they wonder why INDEPENDENTS are on the rise, and democrats and republicans admitting they still are, are falling???

    May 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  237. Rory Murray, San Bernardino, CA

    Harry Reid insisted on including a high speed rail system to Las Vegas that nobody will use into the Bailout. Nancy Pelosi apologized to La Raza for not speaking Spanish and then lied about her knowledge of waterboarding. I don't know which one is worse, but they are both GUTLESS and a disgrace to the Constitution that they swore to protect and defend.
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    May 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  238. Mark

    The President must do his best to distance himself from these "Actors" in the Senate and remain to be a "Major Player" in his actions. After all in less than four years the Nation will TRANSPARENTLY HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE for his actions and these individuals or negative constinuency will only take away from is actions if reflected positively and if not their actions will further condemn him and his presidency.

    As a leader it is often a difficult and sensitive matter to create the proper buffer between those who represent your own majority's leadership but in this case it is necessary as the majority leadership are distractive from the president's leadership.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  239. John SD

    I'd leave the leadership in place for the moment since change is like the smell of home grown weed to a troopers K-9. Unless of course the U.S. finds sanity and legalizes marijuana. What a wonderful world this would be. Tax Revenues SAVES the Deficit, and police and teachers can earn the pay the deserve.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  240. Jim Edwards

    Depends on whether you want legislation to pass. Pelosi is an obvious liar and will be a continuing distraction to any legislation Obama wants to pass. Reid lacks integrity as well. America needs leaders with gravitas and neither is imbued with any of that.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  241. DaBird

    Pelosi and Reid are both borderline nuts. Obama would be better off with any rational Democrat, except Kucinich.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  242. Gail, Plano Texas

    Nancy Pelosi was not Speaker of the House and had no power to do anything about the torture. But I gotta give it to those dirty Republicans, they sure know how to play the blame game. Cheney stands and admits that torture was used in detainees and is not arrested. He and his administration are the scum of the earth. And they are still talking proudly about their acts. I am ashamed to be an American.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  243. P. Wiley

    Dear Jack: It is really hard to keep my temper under control while listening to Dick (the criminal) Cheney sounds off against President Obama. How dare this liar even dare to criticize President Obama. Dick Cheney along with his puppet George Bush have cost more people to be killed during their filthy rein than any world war – any war – period!!! They both should have been charged as war criiminals and the rest of the world wonders why this hasn't happened?? Please spare us anymore of Dick Cheney or George Bush because their names make us angry at the USA!! We are so hopeful that President Obama is going to restore the respect that we once had for your country.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  244. David in Clearwater Florida

    President Obama must be disappointed and continues to be distracted by the Pelosi and Reid show. They have been dragging him down with their patronage politics, legislative bumbling and their feckless and often wreckless "leadership ." We need new faces to take us to new places. We need Democratics with strength, courage and intellegence who will complement our president not embarrass him.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  245. Shaun

    Absolutely. These bafoons have been exercising the same "business as usual" policies as the previous administration. We voted for change last november. This change should include unproductive leaders and speakers. We need better leaders with new ideas and enough clout to get things done. Not a couple of "Nancy's" that bicker more that Paula Abdul and Simon Cowel.


    May 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  246. Cowgirl up

    Pelosi and Reid are jokes and I believe coould hurt the President in the future.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  247. David Bohn

    Senator Harry Reid has served the Congress with great skill and success. Commentators like you Jack, who watch from the sidelines find it easy to criticize anything that falls short of perfect. But Democracies involve deliberation and compromise, and since there is no single perfect answer to any of the issues facing America, there will be significant disagreement among Senators and Representatives in Congress. To organize this conflict and sometimes even chao that divides so many legislators into a majority that can pass laws that respond to the needs of the country requires Congressional leaders who can managing the fire lines of the ever changing issues before Congress. Senator Reid has done a magnificent job. I doubt that Jack Cafferty could do as well, in fact, I would expect that were he in charge, he would find it difficult to do much beyond feeding the flames.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  248. Fred

    If she mentioned anything about the torture, which is a classified information, prior to what is going on right now or beore this year, she would still get in trouble. So, I think she did the right decision. She made more good things, and this is the only not so good thing, i think, that she has done.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  249. charlie jones

    No I think they should stay as long as possible because no one threw out the bush gang no matter how bad thing got.The people in their home state will make that choice wheather they should go.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  250. walt


    I keep hearing people wonder about VP Cheney's reasons for speaking so much about GITMO and the terrorists in Iraq. I think someone should look at who benefits if GITMO and the "wars" in Iraq and Afganistan continue. Haliburton is making billions of dollars from all the military operations we are involved in and will loose many billions if those operations are stopped. I believe Cheney and his family will benefit from Haliburtons prosperity.


    May 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  251. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    It's time for both of them to go. Reid may not even be returned. Obama needs new and up-to-date party leadership in both the House and the Senate. Time for these geriatric old school leaders to go.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  252. Tony from Torrington

    I am so tired of reading your left wing commentors who consistantly answer with "it's Bush's fault" no matter the question. When the hell are those children on the left going to accept accountability for the juvenile moves that the Democrats make. If you criticize Obama you're a racist. And no matter what goes wrong..... it's George W. Bush's fault. How damn convenient.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  253. Willan from Grenada

    am here in the caribbean and following Mr.Obama's work. and those two wolf in sheep clothing are only there to cripple the changes Mr.Obama wants to bring to the country. i think that he should sit down with those two and other members of his government and see how lazy some of them are. the only reason why america is failing i becasue of those beer belly congressmen who wont get of the behinds to fix America.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  254. William, New Orleans

    The ruthlessly partisan Republicans haven't changed a bit. It doesn't matter who would replace Ried or Pelosi, the party of Karl Rove's seek, destroy, and unemploy the enemies is still up to their same old ugly stale tactics.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  255. Kim VA

    Hi Jack;

    When Americans voted for change, We the People voted for Obama.
    Why? Because he's got the people behind hime to speak truth to power. In short, he has a set to do what the American people gave him a majority to do.
    Now as for Harry and Nancy, Nancy has an excuse, she's a woman and had the balls to tell the people, the CIA has been lying. Low and behold, there's increasing amounts of Senators who are saying the same thing.
    The Democrats need to stop listening to the losers with not ideas on the other side. After all, it was "Their" "loser leader and Darth Cheney, who got us in this mess.


    May 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  256. Tom Mc

    The only difference between these two leaders & the previous two leaders is the party which they belong. It's part of their job descriptions. They are guilty of nothing the Republicans before them have done. Pelosi says release the transcripts to prove her point. Do it. The CIA telling Congress the truth, well just look to Iran-Contra to prove that point. They lied then & they more than likely left out important details to the people that they felt were a threat. Without a doubt the GOP is only distracting from the real problem Bush , Cheney, Rumsfeld & the other liars & cheats from the previous administration. They've always leaked what they thought would benefit them & will go to the grave with the truth. Character assassination has been their game & this is just more of the same.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  257. Roxie Southern Oregon

    It is now abundantly clear. Most Democrats and all Republicans prefer money and political security over serving the interests of the American people. Obama would be better off governing ANY country other than this sociopathic Republic.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  258. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    Yes, President Obama and the country would be much better of if the Senate was led by Mich McConnell and the House were led by John Boehner. Enough said......

    May 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  259. diane

    It very probably doesn't matter what I think because nothing is likely to change but I have NEVER liked Nancy Pelosi. All during the elections I would just cringe every time she opened her mouth. She's no better than Sarah Palin. She absolutely causes too much friction between the parties, like we need any more than there already is. She causes friction within her own party!As for Mr. Reid, surely better can be done than that! President Obama has my complete sympathy with having to deal with the train wrecks those two create!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  260. Nestor, Austin, TX

    Pelosi and Reid are nightmares. But probably not as bad as Joe 'loose-lips' Biden. Don't let Joe set the nuclear launch codes. The code would be 1-2-3-4-5.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  261. TK, Las Vegas

    Pelosi and Reid are the best to help lead this country into oblivion, the spending of the Bush administration has been carried over into the Obama administration with the help of the democratic majority leadership of Reid and Pelosi. Our forefathers were akin to Yoda, they had prophecied these truths to be self evident in our constitution when they gave Americans the second amendment rights which most believe is the right to go shoot elk, or in Cheney's case, his hunting buddies. But the 2nd amendment was to inforce the will of the people by force if need be, to make sure that government never got to the point to it is now, which is for the government and by the government for which it stands. One Nation Under God? Who's God?

    May 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  262. Kwanza

    Yes! Why is everyone acting like they are so shocked that we have tortured terrorist detainees?
    When we were bombed on 9-11, we all wanted justice mixed with revenge. We are at War! What do you think war is? Even the innocent are killed, so why is it surprising that suspected terrorist are tortured? Our culture celebrates torture everyday in our television shows, movies and music. Now we are acting like we are so shocked. Isn’t solitary confinement a form of torture? We practice that in our prisons. If we want to rectify something, let’s start at home. Besides that, our prisons are a habitat for criminal enhancement. Why should we retain any suspected terrorist on U.S. soil. We should send them all to Guantanamo.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  263. Star Auburn Ohio

    truthfully they need to go. all of them need to go and we need to go to a new form of getting our elected officials. let us go to a three month bi weekly show aired in each state with the theme like american idol and each week we vote them off. or it could be survivor theme. get some people with something in them except a desire for cash. find someone with passion for our country. have more then them giving us speeches tell us what they will do. let them show some kind of talents or something other than. let's get back to by the people and of the people government stop just having lawyers and those who think they are chief's.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  264. Ron Collins Jr.

    I will never understand ,why the government will not work together for the good of all. No is honest, everyone lies, and nothing goes on but finger pointing. For once can this country try something new "UNITY".

    May 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  265. Sarah Mize

    Please Tell the Reprblicans to get a life.. They scewed the country up for 8 years . Give it a rest.
    Sarah Mize

    May 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  266. Ardath Filippazzo

    It is my opinion that if Ms. Pelosi really loved this country she would resign immediately and apologize profusely to her party and the rest of the country too. Her actions and words are reprehensible. It would really be refreshing for her to tell the truth for a change!!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  267. Dr Seus

    As a Republican, the last thing we need is going back to the failed past and have Cheney arguing his case for Guantanamo prison. You know its only to further support the lies about his legacy, but it does no good for our nation in the bigger world . We no that has failed and lets move on!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  268. Richard New Hampshire

    It is unbelievable what President Obama has inherited.Pelosi,Ried are minor challenges.He has enough to deal with.A good coach will work with the talent he has.Let the President deal with more important challenges.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  269. Steve Aplin


    Too soon to make Reid and Pelosi walk the plank. Obama should wait and see how they deal with unpopularity, because he'll be dealing with it himself - possibly sooner than later.

    Ottawa Canada

    May 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  270. george charles paree

    The american people are stupid but not that stupid.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  271. Allan Horn - St. Petersburg, FL

    President Obama is blessed by paraphrasing an old adage: "With friends like Pelosi and Reid, who needs ENEMAS."

    Pelosi isn't smart enough to call the CIA crap the sleight-of-hand distraction it is... and Reid might as well join Lieberman as a semi-Republican with some of his views.

    Cheney and his evil minions got us into these messes, and now they want to perpetuate the messes by any means possible.

    Reid and Pelosi are so used to being manipulated, they can't fight their way out of the bag.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  272. Gail in Houston

    YAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNN. Every time this political junk comes on, I You know that thing called a remote? Every time that junk comes on, I use it – I am non-partisan in my disgust with congress and with media coverage of this balony – its just subterfuge. My 94 year old mother asks "with all our real problems, why are they spending time on this crap?"

    May 21, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  273. Rory Murray, San Bernardino, CA

    The same way you get a Rhino to stop charging...
    Take away her credit card!
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    May 21, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  274. Helen

    The Republicans cannot have it both ways either they are for torture or they are not, they use Pelosi to try to outsmart the people of the U.S. but the people are too smart to listen to them anymore. Cheney tries to scare people about being safe and you know what? The people are not buying those lies anymore either. We have millions of hard core criminals in our jails, duh! We can't lock up a few from G. this is crazy, Cheney wants to talk tough but then we cannot jail a dozen hard core criminals in our country...mixed messages to me!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  275. Carol Hart

    Yes, Pelosi in particular. She is such a devisive character. While she continues to hold her current position, the house continues to be divided and bi-partisanship nothing more than lip service.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  276. Linda

    Ofcourse.not only should
    Obama get rid of both of them and never
    Them-Nevada should get rid of Reid.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  277. Tricia, Florida

    Hello, it is time to get back on point here. The issue is not Pelosi and Reid, the issue is that these two groups Republicans and Democrats need to start refocusing on getting our economy back on track .

    Right now I would like to put the republicans on time out for the next four years.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  278. Kim VA

    Hi Jack;
    We voted for change and the Dems are still showing the weak kneed leaders who listen to the losers on the other side, who's leader Bush and Darth, put US into this mess.

    If they want to listent to the losers they neeed to go to the other party, nobody Democrat the Voted for Obama, whats to hear the same stuff on a different day, from the Party of NO.

    Harry Reid is a political wind serfer. Anyway the political winds blow, he'll sail with it. Unfortunately, he listened to the Loser Party of Torture and has to eat crow. He should know by now, with all the stuff shoveled under the rug, on the way out, that was handed over with a smirk, to President Obama, that he' smart enough to make sure Americans don't have to worry about escapes from "maximum" security prisons.

    Harry please don't run, just refer another Dem, and do it for the the American People, not the Rethugs of 1950 Warmongers.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  279. annie s, st. augustine fl

    Considering they just handed him this embarrassment about Gitmo, you bet he'd be better off without them. We need Congressional leaders who will help this President get his agenda passed – and fast!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  280. Joe Duffy

    I just have to figure out an uncreative way to blame it all on Georg Bush and Dick Cheney. That way I know you'll read it on the air.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  281. Patrick

    I just think this has been an effective insurgent campaign by the republicans to rid of Reid and Pelosi. Republicans will never gain my vote, yet Democrats are loosing my interest as well, I may vote for the Socialist Party, or Green Party next election.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  282. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    NO the conservative are organized hypocrisy ,Pelosi and Reid may be crooks but their my crooks , and I am proud of them.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  283. lala

    Hell no, Obama needs both of them to survive in whitehouse.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  284. Betty

    They're not just hurting Obama, they're hurting America. I'm a Democrat, but these two need to go away.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  285. soldier19985

    What's the difference? you can put Cheney, Rush, even you Jack, in there if the outcome will be the same as today a year long investigation into a mocked usa attack that seem to have come out the same time as cheney sounds like iraq to me,

    i hate to say this but this is just to much to handle would our government be planning such things for politico gain or just a power pull what is going on

    bush i can win a war =9/11
    cheney we are less safe=mocked attack today
    torture=flip to pelosi vs cia

    May 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  286. rolf kullak

    during the bush administration it eventually becasme clear it was far less bush who was in charge, he way too weak, but chaney, he drove the republican trainand you need to address him for all the monstrossitoiesthat administration was reponsible.
    basically the hague is still waiting.for all the hunan rights abuses..
    my question is for how much did he milk your country through halliburton and other avenues?

    May 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  287. Retired Vet

    Alan: It is hate mongers like yourself who bring out the worse in other people. Mormons are taught to take up for of Mormons if they are right. Many of the torturers were Mormon? Where do you get such statics. As a LDS I think Reid is a against a lot of what I believe in and I for one would not vote for him on my worse day.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  288. Ray Moser

    Jack it is better to deal with the devil you know than the one you don't know. The two weal leaders of the Democrats in Congress serve to make Oboma stronger. The Republicans are a no no side show. Oboma is the one we trust to solve the problems.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  289. john lindauer

    R and P are just "too small," "too quick to judge" ideas from the other side of the aisle. the democrats can do batter.

    and i'm a democrat.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  290. William Courtland

    Um... yes... like ones who will actually enforce the Constitution and have a Legislative branch of Congress which truly represents the people with proper apportioned numbers in the ratio of members to citizens as set in the Constitution.

    The States make the law: the Federation has amendments and policy to uphold those amendments; the States thus enforce and are foremost in holding the regular laws as it allows a changed field when States have different legal intent... Thus Nevada has legal gambling, and alcohol taxation and legality is different in Utah than it is in Missouri. The Federal land and Federal bureaucracy is more like a corporation with heavy policy on personnel or is like a State beside the other fifty States; the military separated again in this.

    Your Congress does not care about the people who own and are meant to run the nation!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  291. Allan Horn - St. Petersburg, FL

    Just read about half of the other comments and I am pleased to see that at least 10% of them are from literate people.

    Most appear to be from people who believe whatever Rush and Hannity tell them about Obama.

    For example, some want Pelosi to prove the unprovable... and ignore the fact that her story is backed by several people including Bill Graham who was present at the so-called "briefings" (and Graham isn't even runniing for Congress in the next election.)

    Not to mention that Boehner and Gingrich have ALSO accused the CIA of lying to Congress in the not-so-distant past.

    Top all of that off with Obama being blamed for the "excessive spending", after the Republicans ran the economy into the ditch over the past eight years. Maybe they should look back at what ex-Comptroller David S. Walker has been saying for the past 5 years.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  292. June-NY

    Never mind if the President would be better. More to the point America would be off with out these two clowns.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  293. Nick

    I'm a lifelong republican who voted for McCain in 2008, however I have been impressed with the way President Obama has handled his term thus far. He has shown courage and clarity in a trying time. His leadership has been a godsend, but its being counteracted by Reid and Pelosi. They seem to represent a bygone era of grunge politics that serves to irritate, rather than alleviate the fears of the electorate. I hope to god they step aside and allow more moderate voices to take the help and sync with President Obama's message.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  294. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I don't know about Spend-obama, but the rest of us sure would.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  295. phil

    jack that lady is a courageous and strong willed minded individual. she told the world the truth,.
    tampa florida

    May 21, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  296. Ray Moser

    It is better to deal with the devil you know than the ones that you don't. Oboma and the country is better off with weak congressional leaders, idiots that they are.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  297. Grant from Denver, CO

    Yes! Those two, particularly Pelosi, are the far lefters that allow people the room to call Dems socialists. They're nut-bags, as bad as Cheney/Limbull on the right. Cut the fringers loose and let em go live on an island together.

    May 21, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  298. Jane

    Confound it! The only reason knives are being sharpened for Pelosi and Reid is that the Republiscams have nothing else to do. They are so bankrupt they can't discuss anything else. No ideas. No leaders. No direction. So what else can they accomplish? I promise you, if they were to drive these two out of their positions, they would only turn their mayhem making on the replacements. Let's remember why Newt Gingrich stepped down from the speakership, and that he did so under a cloud of ethics. (But the real reason was that he intended to dump his wife and marry the woman he'd been having a seven-year-long affair with. And now he's a Roman Catholic. Talk about despicable.) No, the Democrats need to come en masse to the support of their leaders and tell the Republicans to find something meaningful to talk about. (Assuming they're capable of such.)

    Decatur, GA

    May 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  299. Tom Curran

    I like guns, I love to shoot (mostly targets but I enjoy rare hunting trips tremendously). But, give me a break, what is the point of carrying concealed weapons in National Parks? I used to be a member of the NRA, since this was required to use the best target ranges. Through this association I met wonderful people who were fantastic shots (Memphis sport shooting club! – some of the best shooters I have ever seen) but I do not agree with the destructive fervor of the NRA so I am no longer a member. The NRA has made it almost impossible for me to be an enthusiastic gun owner. I voted against all their major initiatives but it was impossible to have a reasonable discussion with these zealots. I am saddened byt the fact that Democrats caved on this no-brainer issue. I think there are many like me who can be responsible gun owners and enthusiasts without embracing the dangerous hyperbole of the gun lobby/NRA. Responsible gun owners do not endorse allowing concealed weapons in National Parks!

    May 21, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  300. DawnL,CA

    Reid should wake up during office hours.He is too weak to be Senate leader.Pelosi should write out her speeches before delivery-keep her foot out of her mouth.BTW, when did the CIA ever tell the truth to the country. They have a lot to account for-(slam dunk )Tenet, torture,not raising hell about Valerie Plame's outing. It would take time away from important issues to try to rid them of their offices at this time.Give it a year.

    May 21, 2009 at 6:04 pm |