November 8th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Time for Nancy Pelosi to go away?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some people just don't know when to call it quits - and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking like one of them.

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Despite her party being crushed in last week's midterm elections - despite her party losing control of the House of Representatives - Pelosi wants to stay on as the Democrats' minority leader in the House.

But a growing number of Democrats are having none of it.

Fox News is reporting a group of defeated Democrats has written a letter urging Pelosi to step aside.

The draft letter suggests that with Pelosi in charge, "the hangover of 2010 stands no chance of subsiding."

Other Democratic House members have said they will vote against Pelosi if she insists on running for minority leader.

The Republicans couldn't be happier. They're positively giddy at the prospect of Democrats keeping Pelosi as their leader in the House. It's generally agreed that Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drove the Democrats off the cliff.

An analysis of TV ads shows more money was spent and more commercials were run against Nancy Pelosi in the midterms than against any other congressional leader since Newt Gingrich. More than $65 million was spent on more than 161,000 ads targeting Pelosi.

Is she oblivious to this?

A poll taken right before the midterms showed Pelosi with an anemic 26 favorable rating and a 53 percent unfavorable rating.

Here’s my question to you: Isn't it time for Nancy Pelosi to just go away?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Cameron in San Francisco writes:
We would love it but she's a narcissist who can't see past her own reflection. The only person's interest Pelosi has been advocating is her own. Stepping down would be admitting failure and that would make her, uh oh, not perfect.

Rose in Arizona writes:
Yes, it is time for Pelosi to go away. I can't help but feel sorry for her family. They have to listen to the bad publicity against her; it must be hard for her grandchildren and her own children to defend her. I think she is being selfish and is not considering other people's feelings. She just doesn't seem to care; it is all about her.

Vincent writes:
Actually, Jack, Nancy Pelosi has done a great job passing historical legislation over the past two years. However, it might be time for you to go.

Mike in New Hampshire writes:
No, Jack. As a Republican, I want her to remain the face of House Democrats for two more years. That will be good for 5 million votes in 2012.

Keith in California writes:
Pelosi doesn't have a positive public presence but she can get things done in the House. Gingrich, by contrast, couldn't get things done in the House but did have a great public/media presence. This question about Pelosi will be answered by House Democrats, not here.

Mark in Minnesota writes:
Jack, Ms. Pelosi should go away, but she won't. Like Sarah Palin, she has an ego the size of Texas and will never willingly give-up the limelight. She just enjoys being the center of attention too much. In a sense, Ms. Pelosi represents all that is wrong with American politics.

Pat in Michigan writes:
Yes, you would think she would realize this and just step aside but, no! The queen thinks she has shiny new clothes. Well you know the rest of that tale and the visuals should keep you up all night. Know what I mean?

soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Mike, NH

    No Jack. As a Republican I want her to remain the face of House Democrats for 2 more years. That will be good for 5 million votes in 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  2. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Yes I think it's time for Nancy Pelosi to ride off into the sunset and lick her wounds. Which there are many because of the severe beating she took over Health Care from the special interest groups and lobbyist representing the insurance companies. She has become too easy of a target for the republicans to hit. It is now time to elect someone new that will be more difficult to blame if things don't go as planned for the republicans in the next two years. Watching this new Congress and the republican party trying to handle its newly elected tea party members should be better than watching reality TV shows.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  3. Sue, the falls

    Jack, I find Nancy Pelosi to exude class, education and at least intelligent. Unlike grifter Sarah Palin who has to earn her keep
    by being a carnival barker for trickery of the Republicans by selling poisoned tea. At least Nancy is qualified to hold a position on the INSIDE of the capitol and doesn't earn her keep as a traveling snake oil salesman, peddling un-American ideology disguised as conservatism. Nancy is also not a quitter. Unlike the half-term oddity, Palin. At least she made it farther than the congress floor unlike "Franlkin the tortoise" McConnell.

    Jack, I would hire Nancy Pelosi any day over John "come on in said the spider to the fly" Boehner .

    November 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  4. Krish Natesan

    The best thing that can happen to this country is for congress to overhaul itself by changing the leadership of both houses and both parties. Let us ask Pelosi, Boehner, and McConnell to step down and start with a clean slate of leaders with some kind (better) vision than tax cuts and no compromise.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  5. charlene thomas

    It makes no different, republicans has only one agenda do nothing and blame it on President Obama. The elections proved it can work.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  6. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Sadly, I agree that it is time for her to step aside from her leadership position but it goes to show that no good deed goes unpunished.

    She stuck to her guns during the Health Care Reform legislation debate and managed to give us "some" much needed reform. Now, she can work from the sidelines and fix the glitches in the current bill rather than continue to be the "poster child" for the Republicans that want to repeal the bill and start over...."maybe" replace it....say...in a few years....or whenever the "time is right".....

    We already know that the Republicans are in no hurry to have any kind of comprehensive reform on much of anything.....I have been hearing the same rhetoric about "reform" for the past 50 years and I am tired of the procrastination.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  7. Peg from N.Y.

    Yes. Nancy needs to make a gracious, swift exit. The sooner she moves, the better,

    November 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  8. Carl

    It's been time for her to just go away.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  9. Patricia ID

    On the contrary. Nancy Pelosi's name needs to be cleared and she needs to get credit for her work. If Pelosi was not so powerful, she would never have been vilified by the Republicans.

    I hate to cry "sexism" but the attacks on her are often gender-specific. (Just go to cafepress.com and see the filfth.)

    Maybe it IS time for the Democrats to grow a pair and fight for one of our leaders–and the Democratic agenda, as well!

    Boise, ID

    November 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  10. Ralph Spyer

    Americans are slow to learn the wisdom of sending characters instead of telent to Congress; just look at the cast of characters we just elected. Nancy was part of the solution not part of the health care problem

    November 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  11. Frank Cape Coral FL

    Is it time? every time I wish for something the opposite happens, so if I wish for Nancy Pelosi to go away she will stay, so I hope she STAYS, and if my bad luck continues she will be gone, could it be that simple?

    November 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  12. chris

    yet it is past due we need to undo the damage her and obama did in the last 2 years in am referring to the health care bill they jammed at us without one letting us see it and what is in it and 2 the passed it without reading 3,000 some pages that is why we are all mad

    November 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  13. Richard from Kansas

    Jack, I don't see how it does any good for the country or the congress if she continues to be in a leadership role. Quite frankly, this should be obvious to her just based on the feelings of people in her own party not to mention scores others. Her reason seems to be to continue to fight for the legislation she pushed through. That's self serving at the very least and certainly does not put the country first.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  14. AB

    No Jack, The Democrats need Pelosi and need Obama even more now that they lost the house majority. Pelosi, Obama other prominent Democrats can help the Democrats regain that majority two years from now.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  15. Matt in Wi

    I think its time for Nancy Pelosi to fade into the wood work for the Democrats. If Tim Kaine wants to avoid another trouncing in 2012 he should push the younger democrats to the forefront and project a real image of change. They need to brand their own rock stars like Brian Schweitzer from Montana. Image is everything and the Democrats need a re-branding.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  16. katiec Pekin, IL

    Absolutely not, Jack. Nancy Pelosi works and cares for middle class America, veterans, less fortunate, unemployed, senior citizens, students etc. That is 100% more than you can say about the next speaker.
    By quoting Fox, guess you have reached the point of no return, Jack.
    Kept hoping you would return to the Jack we knew and respected,
    but your irresponsible bias has gone to the extreme.
    Shame on you, Jack, your fans or should I say, ex fans, expected more.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  17. tom trapani quito ecuador

    No, not at all. Need her experience and tenacity to thwart the Republic offensive to roll back the Health care gains. The part of No strategy got them the chance to show again who they really represent. Our short sighted fellow Americans expect to much in the two short years since the second (unstated) Great Depression it will take close to another 5 years to right the excesses the the prior 10 years. We need clear headed strategy to keep in place the gains that ultimately will prove to benefit most Americans. It took a while for people to fully realize the benefits of the social security system so too with the Obama health care intiative.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  18. Olga

    Nobody likes a strong woman, much less an outspoken one.

    She speaks softly and carries a big stick.

    Should she go? NO.

    Austin, Texas

    November 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  19. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Heck no, the country needs Queen Nancy to stay. She needs her personal jet to carry her home on command, at taxpayer's expense, and we need her and Prince Harry as the lightening rods for Obama's reelection run in 2012. She is just what the Democrats need, and all us Republicans say so. Believe me Jack, she does not "get the message" just like Reid and the President. Welcome to gridlock!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  20. bonnie from nj

    It is just one more example of not what's good for the country, but what is is good for me! She should not have been there in the first place, as I saw one person from her district in Northern Ca. say she is the most liberal of democrats representing one the most liberal districts in the country, That is great for their district, they apparently have elected someone who does represent their interests, but it is disaster for the rest of the country. I don't know if there is really anyway to stop the upcoming gridlock we are facing, but putting her back in power is certainly a huge hinderance to anything getting accomplished.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  21. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I vote for Democrats, but Pelosi has gotta go. She reminds me of the professional QB or pitcher or shooting guard who is but a fraction of the player they once were. And they do not realize the best days are behind them, but they keep on keeping on, only to make themselves look foolish. Message to House Democrats: Don't vote for Nancy!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  22. Donald in CA

    Nancy did her job which was to support the Presidents agenda. Harry did the same. The left should be celebrating that fact. But the democrates continue to be wimps and cower in the corner. I'm ashamed of the democratic party, but proud of Harry and Nancy.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  23. Eve Lemon

    Why? Because she's an intelligent woman, easy prey for bullies?

    Eve of Texas

    November 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  24. Jim in Alabama

    It's too early to anwer that Jack. A lot depends upon how Obama acts throughout the rest of his term in office. If he points out to the public what the republicans intentions are (repeal health care, privatize social security, grant rich more tax breaks and repeal wall street reform) and stands up to them with strength, then his love affair may not be over. The ball is now in the Republican court and if the economy doesn't improve over the next two years, they will get the blame rather than Obama and the democrats. The time for republican talk and criticism is over.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  25. Jim in Alabama

    I believe that the Democratic Party would be better off without Polisi. She seems to be a polarizing factor for the party and certainly hasn't done anything to endear herself to the American public over the past two years by compromising on everything and caving in on key issues.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  26. frankie

    It's time for Nancy Pelosi to show up all those Republicans who committed waste, fraud and abuse with their cartoon attack ads against her.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  27. JackieinDallas

    It is her decision to make, Jack. If the Republicans want to defeat her, the best way is to put someone up against her that can win, not just throw money at the situation.

    Is she clueless? I don't think so. Is she naive? No, she's been in politics too long to still be naive. Is she doing this for ulterior motives? I think so. I think by giving the Republicans a good target other than the President, she is actually helping. Is that a good idea? Time will tell...

    November 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  28. Luci

    NO. She did a very goo job. She put through 400 plus bills to Senate and they just sat there. Let's put Jim Clyburn in with her and they will do a great job. i don't believe in polls anyway. Keep her.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  29. Chad from Los Angeles

    Yes, but don't confuse why there was so much spent on negative ads for all the Democrats. The supreme court Citizens United case decision has more to do with Republican victories than anyone is willing to admit. Its the 800lb gorilla in the room that nobody wants to admit is in the room, let alone talk about it. The next dem leader of the house will have just as much negative ads if not more, no matter what their record conveys.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  30. Lori - PA


    Nancy Pelosi's been oblivious to a number of things. We don't need someone who's completely oblivious as the minority leader in the House. Nancy, please go away.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  31. Cousin Vinny Connecticut

    I'm torn, Jack. As a proud Conservative, I would love to see Pelosi remain in a leadership position. That will motivate the 40% of Americans who are Conservative plus Republicans and Reagan Dems even more to defeat Obama and even more Dems in 2012.
    However, as a proud American born son of Italian immigrants, Pelosi is a total embarrassment to me and Italian-Americans. Maybe not as embarrassing as 'Snooki' and 'The Situation' from that disgusting "Jersey Shore", but she's in the top 2!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  32. Joe CE

    Pelosi would help the party if she gave-up the leadership.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  33. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Dwiddle Dee needs to go back to California and get some medical MJ to ease her pain and leave the rest of us alone. The Republicans want her to win so they can use her as a bad example and this is one time they're correct.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  34. chuck

    Yes she should fade away quietly now. her 15 minutes of fame are up.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  35. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    The only reason the republicans dislike Pelosi is because of her amazing success in paaing over 400 bills. ZThey paid for commercials to make it appears as if she was wrong. But, a look at her record shows that she beat the hell out of the opposition.
    If Pelosi should go away, she should become vice President. STEP ASIDE BIDEN! And lets get her in during the lame duck congress.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  36. Al

    In light of the Republican efforts to run against Nancy Pelosi, she must be doing something right. In light of the Democratic opposition to Nancy Pelosi, it cannot be that much.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  37. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    No, Jack, she should stay as the fly in the pie to John Boehner's coronation. I'll take her any day from the weepy and weak new speaker who's agenda was to just say no for two years and blame it all on the president. The republican's strategy won, although the democrats passed many bills, because they used Nancy as a political football without having to make one vote in favor.
    Mr. Boehner is now in the position of put up or shut up. My bet is he'll stick to gridlock and will have to pay in 2012 while having Pelosi dogging his every step. Go Nancy!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  38. Ed's Kate

    Not really. Some of her detractors are the ones who should just go away.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  39. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    I think that Pelosi is a divisive figure in the Party, and should perhaps give way to someone more popular.

    Not that she has not done a great job. And not that she has not accomplished a lot. but the Democratic Party right now does NOT need to be divided by something so easily rectified.

    Democrats need to get together on the issues and really work together, or they will suffer more losses in Congrewss in the next election. So, someone needs to step up who can solidify the Party and insure that no one will vote against the issues that are really important.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  40. Griff

    "Falsehood's don't work for a faulty administration, so it won't make any difference. Just like the falsehood of Barack Obama. Which dead person did he steal his identity from, to fix a birth certificate?"

    November 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  41. Mark in Minnesota

    Jack - Ms Pelosi should go away, but she won't. Like Sarah Palin, she has an ego the size of Texas, and will never willingly give-up the limelight. She just enjoys being the center of attention. too much. In a sense, Ms. Pelosi represents all that is wrong with American politics - stubborness, selfishness, grand-standing, blame-storming, and partisan bickering. She had the opportunity to truly lead the "new" government after the elections, but instead chose to continue the political mud-slinging and finger pointing. She never passed-up an opportunity to stomp the Republicans into the dirt; and passed-up numerous chances to "bury'the-hatchet" and move forward. It was more important to her to "show-up" the opposition, rather than help resolve the myriad of problems facing America. The Democrats will not begin to recover from their humiliating losses until she dries up and blows away.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  42. Alex

    She was vilified because she was effective. She did her job well and over 420 bills she helped to pass the house languish in the senate. Many of those bills, especially Cap and Trade, were very unpopular and the Democrats paid the price for passing President Obama's agenda. I wish her well since the Conservative talking heads will vilify ANYBODY who replaces her.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  43. Meg from Troy

    I think that she should just be a regular Congresswoman for a while. Let someone else try a hand at leading the Democrats in the House. I think the midterms signalled that it's time for a change.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  44. Sydney Australia

    Yes – the voters have spoken. It is time for the Pelosi to slink back to Cali. Come 2012 it will be time for the obama to slink away back to Chicago.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  45. perry jones

    passest time jack way paet time
    perry jones council bluffs ia

    November 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  46. vjp

    Actually Jack Nancy Pelosi is doing a great job passing historical legislation over the past two years. However it might be time for you to go.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  47. Cameron SF, CA

    We would love it but she's a narcissist who can't see past her own reflection. The only person's interest she has been advocating is her own. Stepping down would be admitting failure and that would make her ....uh oh.....not perfect.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  48. Jerry Melton

    I hope she stays–it would be the best thing for the Republicans.
    I hope the Democrats don't figure this out.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  49. Carrol DeHaan

    Nancy should stay! She has done more for the middle class than anyone else in Washington. She was re-elected by 80% of her district voters. They have a right to choose their representative. Just because the Republicans spent $65 million against her doesn't mean they have the right to decide whether she stays or goes. Also it was the Blue Dog Democrats that were defeated in the election. Nancy Pelosi was re-elected and has the obligation to stay.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  50. Scott


    Nancy can stay and continue to do her fine work for the GOP!



    November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  51. Perry

    Agreed, I'm a Democrat – but Nancy is done. When you play at this level, the price of failure is universally understood, and she failed.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  52. Steve in Oak Creek, WI

    Pelosi should realize that if the GOP is practically falling into the aisles with glee at the thought of her coming back, she should do everything she can to disappoint them. Give someone else a chance, Nancy. Please.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  53. harvey

    staying....when ego has overcome reality......

    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  54. Mary

    Yes it is time for her to go, but this is just one of many things she doesn't get. "Earth to Nancy come in please you are destroying the party and our country! GET OUT"

    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  55. BIll in VA

    I am surprised that people are surprised that she is staying. Many politicians have and many have not, bowed out gracefully for the greater good. I never had the illusion she would one of the former.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  56. Simon, FL

    That was about 2 years ago.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  57. Bob

    Nancy Pelosi has championed a few things that I don't care for but I don't think she deserves the crap she's getting. There are a hell of a lot of other politicians who deserve worse treatment than even she is getting. Boehner and McConnell are two to name a few.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  58. Tonie from OK

    Why, they would just try and demonize the next Speaker. She appears to be able to handle the nonsense well. This woman has worked hard for the middle class and poor as well as the collective population.

    Regular working people with families don't have time to pay close attention and that is the reason the poor and middle class vote against their own self interest. They are too busy working and raising children to listen to this so the political world clouds the issues to confuse people and they get by with it.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  59. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, it seems like Pelosi and Sarah Palin do have something in common after all. Neither one would win a national election and both of them are oblivious to the fact.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  60. Laurie

    Come on Jack, tell me that is rhetorical!?!?!? DUH!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  61. larry from texas

    Ofcourse it's time for her to go.But Obama, Reed and Pelosi still do not get it. They think were the problem Jack. We just don't understand They didn't have time to take victory laps and explain everything to us The party's over Nancy .Go home!!!!.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  62. Susan L.

    No, it's not time for one of the most effective Speaker's of the House in my lifetime (and I'm 50) to "go away". She's not running for Miss Congeniality or any idiotic popularity contest. She's a strong, tough woman who can organize her party and drive for results. I don't care if she has a person unfavorable rating across the nation. Most Americans, frankly, don't know diddly-squat about government and politics. They appear to think everything is American Idol or some other moronic reality show. In actual reality, Ms. Pelosi was a terrific Speaker of the House, accomplishing a tremendous amount during her tenure, and she will continue to corral the Democrats and help them to hang tough against the Republicans. Which is exactly what she should do as Minority Leader.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  63. Sandy

    She should have been gone long ago.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  64. Nate

    I'm a republican, and don't have anything in particular against obama. Pelosi though, yeah, please take her away on the same bus carrying away Huckabee and Palin.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  65. Clark Cramer

    Nancy Pelosi is one of the very, very few people in Washington that can actually get something done–not just talk about it. The country needs her, even if Jack C doesn't.

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    November 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  66. Sam

    Heck no. There is a reason the GOPers and Baggers don't like her. She is good at what she does.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  67. Jack

    If she becomes Minority Leader the Democrats will lose my vote in the next presidential election..

    November 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  68. AD

    If she wants the Democrat to control the house in 2012, it is time for her to step aside.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  69. lance

    Hell No it's not time for her to step down. While the Senate bickered Nancy Pelosi passed bills that helped the American people.

    Let's not lose our perspective here. Because of Nancy Pelosi the economy didn't run off the GOP imposed cliff it was headed for. Because of Nancy Pelosi millions and millions of Americans who haven't been able to afford health insurance will have it. Because of Nancy Pelosi Wall Street is being held accountable.

    Get some spine Democrats. You lost seats simply because the Republicans are better at touting their own horn than you are. Nancy Pelosi and President Obama had great legislative success, now they need to inspire and lead. Some theatrics and strength are in order, not cowtowing to the corporate interests that have always drug this country down.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  70. Overby from Melbourne

    You'd have thunk she would have made plans to get the hell out of town as fast as she could just as Obama did, but her ego won't let her think she's done something wrong. I say keep her on, make her the minority leader, let her continue her absurd management of the party....with her help, we'll all sleep better knowing Obama will be a one-termer.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  71. Tammy in Atlanta

    Yes she should step aside. Her popularity is not just low with the right, it is also low with the left and more importantly independents. We had our time for change. It is now time for progress in which both parties work together. Pelosi will get no where with "The Party of No" We need leadership in BOTH parties who will be to help find common ground and make progress happen. I believe leaders should be more centralized in their beliefs.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  72. tony

    We should choose dem leaders based on pleasing republicans? Why don't we all just vote the way they want too? Maybe close down CNN?

    November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  73. Edward in Wisconsin

    It is absolutely no ones business other than Pelosi and the people who elected her.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  74. Luci

    yes she needs to listen to the people and re-evaluate herself. She should step down, or her own party should vote against her.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  75. Roland Briere

    Nancy Pelosi was the Republican poster child for the Demorcrats failures in congress. She has been easily the weakest Speaker of the House in my lifetime. And as a Democrat, I believe she should abandon any attempt at assuming a leadership post in the next Congress, for the good of the nation, and her party.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  76. AL

    Why so the right can demonize the next leader from the left? What's the difference the right isn't going to like anyone the left puts out there. Stupid question!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  77. Pat from Nebraska

    It is way past time for Nancy Pelosi to bow out, and I am a Democrat, but one that is saddened by what this party has done in the last two years. I do believe that Nancy Pelosi is no different than Harry Reid and Barrack Obama, she too loves power so much that going away is not something she will do. And her presence will continue to hurt the Democratic party as well as the country.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  78. Mehgann

    Yes, she should step aside. I am a staunch liberal, and she even rubs me the wrong way. When politicians start talking about "mandates" despite the fact that this country is deeply divided, I get angry...even when I agree with that politicians policies. I think most Americans agree. It is an insult to our intelligence, and even more importantly, it is an insult to the half of the country with differing opinions. Were I in her constituency and given the choice of a moderate conservative challenger, I would pick the moderate conservative at this point. And that is REALLY saying something.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  79. keeth in cali

    Pelosi doesn't have a positive public presence but she can get things done in the House. Gingrich, by contrast, couldn't get things done in the House but did have a great public/media presence. This question about Pelosi will be answered by House Democrats, not here.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  80. JayDeeT

    Whoever takes Pelosi's place will certainly be demonized by the hate-mongering GOP. That's what they do - fill the air with enough hate to render civilized debate and policy meaningless. They were doing this against FDR, JFK, LBJ, and, more recently, Carter, Clinton, and Obama. Today, it;'s easier for them to demonize Pelosi and Obama because these hate-mongers are also racists and sexists. Hey, if you have doubts about this, just wait until the 2011 elections roll around.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  81. Scott (near SF)

    Yes, she has become such a lightning rod for the right-wing nuts, it's time for her to simply represent her constituents, and let someone else take the helm. We need a bit of moderation in both parties if we're to get anything done!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  82. Terri in Texas

    For the hope of any compromises being made in the next two years she should step down.

    Her Congress was so very demeaning and disrespectful to anyone who did not accept the liberal agenda as the only path. Naturally Republican politicians who have stung for years under her tenure would want to see her stay. They would love to give her some of her own disrespect right back to her.

    However, that is not what we need right now. I am strongly conservative and I want solutions, not points. I hope she steps aside to permit quieter people to actually run a productive Congress.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  83. carolyn

    Past time. One has to wonder how the last two years would have gone without her in charge of the House. She may be smart, but she is w worse lightning rod than Bush!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  84. abby, temple, tx

    Pelosi has become a convenient target for the GOP and the Tea Party. She needs to see that she is hindering the Democratic Party. She needs to put her own desires and ego aside and serve her constituents and her party - in that order.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  85. Sean Smith

    Nancy Pelosi let power get the better of her. She lorded it over the GOP and helped further cement the paritsan quagmire our government finds itself in. Her ego is getting the better of you. Nacy, listen to some of your own party and leave. The court fool in the movie Ran said it best: "If the rock you stay on starts to roll, jump clean. Or you'll go with it and be squashed. Only a fool stays aboard."

    November 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  86. Carl

    Depends...if you are a Democrat and you ever wnat to win another house seat...yes...if you are a Republican...you should ask if you could be allowed to vote so you could vote her in...talk about tone deaf and just not getting it...wow!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  87. Jason Ferrer

    It seems to me that Nancy Pelosi has done nothing but champion the DNC agenda since being Speaker. Which begs the question- is it Nancy or the DNC that caused the GOP resurgence? A lot of people want to blame Nancy Pelosi, but she is a party Democrat not a maverick, wild card, rogue politician, etc. The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves and their policies for the last election. If they want to use Nancy as a scapegoat, they should at least be honest and say they supported her 99.99% of the time.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  88. Chuck

    As someone who voted straight republican primarily because of what she and Harry Reid did to us with the Health Care bill....I too am ecstatic that she wants to be Minority Leader!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  89. JJ in Arkansas

    Yes. The general election was not a referendum on Obama. It was a referendum on Obama-Pelosi.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  90. John

    No single person is reponsible for the democratic losses last Tuesday, but she has become the face of what is wrong in politics – lack of compromise and demeaning nature. She should not seek a leadership position to prevent the infighting within the democratic caucus.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  91. Angela Savage Austin

    Why? Is it because "She Stands By Her President"?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  92. cane

    Whether she deserves to stay is not the issue. She needs to go because the GOP thugs will continue to hammer away at her. The Minority leader has no power. Her time would be better spent on the fund raising circuit. She is still very popular with the liberal base and can still do a lot to further that agenda from outside of Congress.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  93. Tom Gladstone

    Jack, look at who you are quoting from regarding Dems being unhappy with Pelosi.

    Pelosi is the leader of the Democrats, not the Republicans, and we don't care what they think about our leadership. Pelosi didn't lose the election for the Democrats. If that was the case, then no Republican Congressperson would have been re-elected since the only people to poll lower than Congress as a whole are the Republicans in Congress.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  94. Ken in NC

    Jack, think of how long Polosi has been around and then remember it's not nice to mess with Mother Nature.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  95. Aaron Harris

    Absolutely it's time to for Nancy Pelosi to go away. It shouldn't take Donald Trump and a Board Room for Nancy Pelosi to get the clear message she was sent on Election Day; "You're Fired."

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  96. Beverly - NYC

    Nancy Pelosi is an easy target, her only "crime" is being a woman who is good at her job. Someone tough is needed to keep the Democratic caucus together, and Nancy Pelosi fits the bill. Of course the Republican party wants Democratic in-fighting. For the cry baby Speaker in waiting reality is setting in, his party is dusting off the same tired ideas, andare faced with keeping promises to the Tea Party, and big business. Democrats will vote on their minority leader without any assistance from the Republican party.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  97. Patrick

    YES! PERIOD. I think all of Congress, with the exception of Ron Paul, just needs to...go away.

    Fayetteville, NC

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  98. Mary

    My question is, "Isn't it time for Newt Gingrich to just go away?" He's done far more damage to America than Pelosi could do in a lifetime.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  99. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    Absolutely NOT! She is one of he best that the Democrats have to offer, a person that just knows all of the nuances of a bill without ever reading them. She is a leader and she has her party going in the right direction, pun intended. She should lead the minority for two more years and complete the job she started. Who else, besides the President, can carry the torch of incompetent leadership.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  100. anonymous 18 year old

    Growing up in my household Nancy Pelosi's name has been somewhat of a cuss word. As the House leader she has failed our government and our people. It is well beyond time for a change and this years elections results could not have brought more joy.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  101. kadee

    Nancy is the worst thing that ever happened to Washington!
    She should have been gone a long time ago! She doesn't represent "the people" in any way, shape or form!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  102. Adam E

    She may have been behind many of the Democrats' success over the last two years, but she's definitely a lightning rod for the Dems, going into a hostile Congress. It would be best for the American people if she left the minority leader role to someone else–it may not make much sense, considering her successes, but the Dems have a PR problem at the moment, and she's part of it, warranted or not.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  103. Fran

    Sure, if you want to play the GOP's game and accept their characterization of her as the Wicked Witch of the West. If you realize she's simply a very effective leader who's helping the president achieve the goals we voted for in 2008, then, no, it's not time for her to go away.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  104. Druid

    Hey Scott- You can keep fantasizing about the "right wing nuts" but us independents feel the same way. Not all Republicans are "right wing nuts" either you jackass. Go smoke some more medical marijuana you left leaning clown

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  105. Wendy Truth

    I beyond giddy with the thought of her royal highness staying on in Congress. How can anyone possible think that this woman – who stood at the podium and said – we will have to pass the health care bill in order to find out what is in it – would have enough sense to go home. She was tone deaf when the country was collectively screaming "DO NOT PASS THIS HEALTH CARE BILL" and she is even more deaf when they repudiated her leadership in passing these bills.

    Nancy – thank you – your are the gift that keeps on giving!

    Wendy – A very happy Republican

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  106. Sadee K, MI

    Yes, it's imperative that she makes an exit. Unfortunately, Harry Reid
    won't be "tagging" along. I don't know one single person that disagrees. There are No other options. Maybe there is charity work that she can do, We will no longer have to look at her, or listen to her insanity.

    Sadee MI

    November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  107. Shane Las Vegas

    She should have step aside after election night

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  108. Don Chaney

    Yes– it certainly is. When Republicans lost their majority back in 2006, then Speaker Dennis Hastert stepped down from his position as the GOPs leader, and then resigned his seat. Pelosi needs to follow his lead.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  109. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    She should have been ousted when she pushed for and GOT her own government supplied personal jet to fly to California, non-stop. Poor Pelois, the one she had, had to land and re-fuel. Talk about excess. She couldn't fly commercial, like the British MP? I'd say she needs to go, I think alot of the Dem's think so too.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  110. Ron from Texas

    I think that Nancy Pelosi should definitely stay in a leadership role for the Democratic Party . . . it will really help ensure that President Obama will be defeated in 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  111. the_dude

    No nancy please stay with us. AS long as Nancy is on the hill the republicans will be in charge. Nancy ensures a conservative government because she is so crazy.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  112. Robert

    No, she should stay. The campaigns against her were desperate attempts by Republican backers, a sign of desperation and Pelosi's effectiveness.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  113. POJ

    Yes, it's time for her to go. But personally, I hope she stays. She and Harry Reid are gifts that keep on giving. Guess whose side I'm on.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  114. Aaron

    the interesting dynamic of the situation is the fact that her district continues to elect her to office. If her race would have been close I believe that she would see the writing on wall. But since her race was easily won, in her mind she's doing everything that the American people want. Unfortunately, her district only represents a small portion of the US. I think some of the other more senior Democrats need to sit her down and make her realize the harm that her policies have done to the Democratic party.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  115. mike sey

    If I spent that kind of money attacking you, Jack, and successfully drove your ratings down, Would you just go away?
    Ottawa, Canada

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  116. Patrick Holcombe

    While I can appreciate Pelosi trying to hand in the there as opposed to Sarah Palin, there is a time to hang it up. Just as the Dallas Cowboys just got rid of their coach due to losing, the same should happen to Nancy.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  117. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Absolutely ... even Newt Gingrich knew better than to try to maintain the leadership role after his Speakership was rebuffed by the voters in 1998, and his to a much lesser degree than Ms Pelosi's. Gingrich not only declined a leadership role, he resigned his seat in order to allow the new Congress to move on.
    I guess royalty (Queen Nancy) view themselves as being above us mere mortals.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  118. craig

    I think she has out served her value. Dems made a terrible decision to elect her to speaker after the 08 election, she became the energizer bunny for the GOP!

    Wixom, MI

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  119. Ron


    If 60 plus million was spent demonizing you by an opposition party (say, the FOX channel), your ratings most likely would plummet as well. The mindset of many Americans makes demonology easy ... put multi-millions of dollars behind that and I'm not too sure the Pope's ratings wouldn't fall.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  120. bellhowl

    No, she was able to push through the things that were needed. They spent all that money, just because she was able to get things done. They don't like her because they are not able to run roughshod over her. We need more like her.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  121. Marie Bortnick

    We are democrats and have disliked Nancy Pelosi from the get go!
    She needs to go away and take Sarah Palin with her!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  122. John B Brookhaven Pa.

    Should Nancy Pelosi Go? The answer is simply......YES.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  123. Mike Vallejos

    You noted that the GOP spent more to defame Pelosi than any other candidate. Clearly, they are afraid of her skill at keeping her party together and focused on passing the democratic agenda. A fearful GOP is good for the country.

    Stay, Nancy!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  124. GeorgeW

    NO! Nancy Pelosi did what the right could not...get things done. Why would they spend the amount of money to defeat Reid and Pelosi if they weren't effective? Would it not make more sense to keep Pelosi around if she were as feckless as Boehner and McConnell? Think, Jack.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  125. Walt in Suffolk, Va.

    If the Democrats are dumb enough to vote her in as Minority leader, then they deserve what happens to their party in the 2012 elections. I for one, hope she stays around. As an Independent, I'll be voting Republican in 2012, and the GOP would love to have Obama, Reid and Pelosi to campaign against. It just makes taking over Congress and the White House easier!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  126. M. Williams

    No it's not time for her to go home....she still has much to give but some just cannot take a strong articulate woman in Washington. More power to her as she has served this country well in my opinion.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  127. Sam

    Jack – so now CNN is quoting Fox reporting as news, Even Fox noted that the "letter" had no names attached to it and it was unsigned. With their one and only journalist calling it "slimy". Come on Jack you're better than this!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  128. Jubal

    I don't think people have any substantive knowledge of what she's done while in office. It's just easy to demonize her as a nagging liberal, à la Hillary Clinton.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  129. Christopher Lee

    some people seem to forget that nancy pelosi proved herself as an effective minority leader marshalling the democrats to a house majority in a systematic and measured way before she got her role as speaker of the house. some republicans also forget that she worked across the aisle on key votes - like funding for the afghan war - to move the agenda of this president forward. i admire nancy pelosi for knowing her strength and fighting back against the noise machine that's only there because she has proven herself over and over.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  130. Barry G. Wick from Rapid City South Dakota

    We've gotten in the habit of rewarding losing and punishing winning.
    It's a bad habit and it should stop. Democrats Pelosi and Reid are becoming a symptom of this problem. Giving them the fancy offices, the perks and the titles of House and Senate offices isn't what I want as a card carrying liberal....and gay man. They didn't do anything for me in the last two years of controlling both houses....why should they get anything.
    I vote to "fire the bums."

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  131. Chaney, La.

    Nancy should go on home and do whatever retired politicians do, write a book thatts what they do.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  132. Betty Withers

    It is much more important to get as much done as possible in the lame duck session as it is to appease Republicans. And Pelosi has demonstrated she can get things done. The Republicans won't be appeased anyway. Democrats will be damned if they do and damned if they don't. Don't act like scared rabbits.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  133. Nancy, Tennessee

    Nancy Pelosi is done as leader of anything. She'll be lucky to be head dog catcher somewhere. We are tired of her out of touch leadership and annoying smile. It amazes me how the first woman to do something usually makes a mess out of it. Gives our gender a bad name. Goodbye Pelosi and we'll stand up and clap like you did for every sentence Bush uttered in his State of the Union address. Sit down Pelosi. If we want you, we'll call.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  134. Otto

    No, she should stand and fight. She passed more bills than the last five leaders combined; she is effective and the main reason the Tea Baggers, GOP hater hate her. She should remain and give the Republicans hell, after all they should receive the same treatment they gave her.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  135. J Jacobs

    Jack she has single handedly destroyed the democratic party, with her disregard for the will, of the American people. She would fare better in a dictatorship like Cuba or Iran, where she wouldn't be challenged by he pesky nuisance of a voting public.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  136. Robert

    No, because the right would just demonize whoever took her place and she's in a safe seat so they can't just give huge amounts of money to her next opponent like they did with Harry Reid.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  137. Tracy Ragan

    Nancy should stay. Nancy has facilitated more legislation to help the middle class in the last 2 years then the Republicans ever will. Wall Street reform, Health Care, Credit Card Regs – give us more of Nancy!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  138. Kevin

    Not at all. She did a great job effecting the president's agenda in a difficult climate. The reason she's a lighting rod is because today's Republicans don't like women or minority leaders.

    Shell do a great job fighting the Republican corporatist agenda.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  139. Catherine Berryhill

    Of course she wants to stay, she loves power.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  140. Drew

    Nancy Pelosi should stay..
    Dems lost because Republicans made more noise like empty barrels, sadly the American people bought what they were selling....

    Nancy Pelosi staying because she know what she did was right...

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  141. dave

    "Show me where a man spends his money and I'll tell you his priorities." The $$ spent by GOP trying to unseat Pelosi is a direct reflection on her ability to get the job done the Democrats.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  142. John Durden

    Go Away? Why? If the Republican Tea Party just spent $65 million running against her, she must be doing something right (or left, according to them)! Under her leadership all major legislative initiatives passed the House. If there is a need for leadership change, look to the Senate.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  143. Cristine in Georgia

    Jack, she's darned if she does and darned if she doesn't. She was demonized from the beginning. She is effective in the House. If you had the Republicans putting you down 24/7 365 for two years, you would not be on CNN either. Anyone who has the position will be the recipient of disgusting behavior from the Republicans.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  144. Tim Boardman

    Jack, most average American families just wish they had the money as income that Pelosi spends on her hair,make-up,clothes and jewelry. Her appearance on TV totally turned me off as a Democrat. I got to a point where I could not stand her presence on TV. Yes, she must go away!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  145. Erin van tassel

    It is frustrating to me that the Democrats are such disloyal and weak politicians. Just because the Republicans won the midterm, now it is Pelosi who must pay? How about a group of legislators so short-sighted they couldn't see the possibility that the other side was winning the media wars?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  146. Mitch

    No ! 55 million $ spent to defeat her should tell anyone how effective a leader she is. Without Nancy we wouldnothave a health care bill. We need more progressive democrats like her.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  147. Linn

    Jack, at 26% favorable, Nancy Pelosi had a better rating than either the Democrats or Republicans in Congress. The popularity of both parties was in the teens last I heard.
    Like Pelosi said, they're attacking her because she's effective. It's not her fault that bills go to the Senate to die. She got over 400 bills passed in the House that the Senate never acted on. Do you think a different Speaker would have had any better luck?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  148. Jim Blevins

    That is the nice thing about elections, the Democratic congress people get to decide who they want. Do they want to simply give in to Murdock and big oil and big banks, or do they want to fight for their principles and Pelosi.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  149. Chris Astoyan


    It would be nice for Pelosi to go away but I don't think she will.
    I thought the same thing about Sarah Palin and look where
    the media is with her today.

    We need series change done to our nation, instead were getting these politicians running around claiming star power.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  150. Jacqueline Holloway


    It is definately time for Nancy Pelosi to step up!
    It is definately time for Republicans to step down.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  151. Ken in NC

    I'm not overly fond of Polosi but I must admit she is one of only a few Democrats that is not a "WHIMP".

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  152. Howard, Novato, CA

    As a long-term N. CA resident, a registered independent and someone that leans towards liberalism in social issues and conservatism on fiscal issues I think the Democrats will self-destruct if they make Pelosi the minority leader in the house. Hasn't two years of total animosity between Pelosi and the Republicans proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the Republicans will never work with her to accomplish what we need to do to right the economy. They again, the Democrats prove time and again they are unaware of what party unity means. Pelosi should take some lessons from the Republicans on presenting a united front on core issues. If the Democrats make her their leader in the House it will be two more years of back-biting and acrimony and that is not what we need to get the country moving forward again.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  153. PJ

    As usual, the Democrats cannot interpret the pulse of America. How lucky we would be it she just goes away.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  154. Gigi Oregon

    No...if the media says it, she'll probably do well. Look at Clinton, Bush/Chaney, and now we have Pelosi/Obama All media losing prophecies. Not much of a story or question. And since when does CNN quote FOX...If I believed FOX I would watch FOX.
    I wish you'd had a thought/question on ...Should Michelle Bachmann be asked to resign? When the Pentagon has to correct such lies as she told so much for her trustworthy working for we the people..

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  155. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    Both Pelosi and Reid were elected regardless of all the negative ads!

    You do not give in to the republican cheap campaign rheotoric and having misslead the american people about healtcare! I want to see how much fight there is in Nancy Pelosi and how much she can bring the left to the center because she has what it takes to do so! The republicans are not there to dictate the choice of the democrats and if the republicans want to waste their time in office to keep campaigning instead of working for the american people then the american people will tell them in two years! The republicans have to prove they too can compromise!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  156. djns

    If she wants to and the Dems let her then why not? Personally I think she represents where she comes from quite well (CA). Thank god I'm from Kansas.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  157. Jack

    I was supporting Sheehan running against Pelosi when she refused to investigate Bush/Cheney.

    But Republicans speak nothing of merit when it comes to her.
    They have no credibility When given the choice between any Republican and Nancy Pelosi, Republicans force me to come to her defense.

    They day Republicans go away will be a day I can finally support getting someone else in her position.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  158. JJ

    Absolutely not. Nancy Pelosi stood up to the "Just say no" republicans in the house. If the weak kneed democrats would get behind her, they could do good things for the country.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  159. Sharon Warning

    I am 81 years old and I'm a registered Democrat and have never missed an election......... This time I voted a split ticket.......mainly because of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They still don't get it, do they? If they are so smart, they're sure good at hiding it. Get rid of Pelosi before she destroys the whole Democratic Party.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  160. Bill Hinton

    No, Jack. What its time for is for you to quit trying to run the Congress, and let the democrats choose who they want as their leader.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  161. james griener

    Absolutely Not! Pelosi has been the most effective speaker in a very long time. The money and effort spent by Republicans to vilify her speaks loudly of how very much the country needs her. Come on Jack, lay off!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  162. Jack

    yes she should. I think it's time for her to step down. (secretly hoping she won't because she'll do the opposite of what the American people tell her to do....thus further showcasing her condescending over inflated ego). Besides, she's more fun to hate than Osama Bin Laden.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  163. Howard

    I'm a Democrat and I don't see how this party can survive unless it moves to the center and demonstrates it can be a responsible steward of our government. It is starting to look like the Democrats need their own Tea Party movement to put this leadership in their place and bring some enlightenment to Washington.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  164. kay hayes

    NO ,she should not go away.it seems like all the men,both republican and democrat are afraid of a woman with power. maybe you should leave cnn and go to the fox network.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  165. Richard Certo

    Nancy Pelosi should graciously step down as a leader in the House of Representatives and use the time constructively to reflect on what she did wrong during the past 18 months. The old saying that "if someone calls you a donkey, pay no attention to him. But if 52% of the people call you a donkey, buy yourself a saddle." is appropriate in this case.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  166. Johnny B

    ((( NO ))), She is one of the best politicians we have, one that works for the common people, not the republican rich.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  167. leroy haverlah

    Jack ,
    The ego driven ms pelosi probably thinks that she can still command a large air force plane for her and her family as minority leader.
    Another Brett Farve. They never learn.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  168. Chuck in Ohio

    Jack: I think she should stay just to tick you off! Sara,Carl, and the rest of the left overs from the GOP have not learned we don't care for them either! Jack I realy get tired of you and Wolf.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  169. Sherry

    No!! It is not time for Nancy to step down. It is easy to throw the blame
    on Nancy and Harry, but the election result was not their fault.
    The Democrats couldn't stand together and vote for the options the
    majority of the people wanted. ( The Public Option ), then they let the
    Republicans walk all over them the rest of the time.
    If they can't stand with their party then they should get out of the Democrat party and become an Independent.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  170. Annie, Atlanta

    Absolutely not. She is one of the most successful Speakers this country has ever seen. What's your beef with her, Jack. Is it that she's a woman, or is it that she doesn't have to answer to corporate masters, or a little of both?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  171. Sherrie S. Cutler A.I.A.

    NO, we need Nancy Pelosi more than ever, as she is the only one with the strength to stand up to the insanity of a run-away Tea Party that thinks they control everything because they won a few seats in the House! That money was spent because they know that and they are afraid of her .... why else. See what they will spend to try to take away our Health Care reforms and give power back to the insurance companies.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  172. john g Milwaukee

    If it cost political opponents $65M to get rid of Pelosi this year, how much might we have to spend in a couple years, taking inflation into account, to demonize and deride Boehner and McConnell enough to get rid of them? How about the Tea Party loons (will they, by then, be a bargain)? John G. Milwaukee

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  173. Gary S.

    "Pelosi was a terrific Speaker of the House, accomplishing a tremendous amount during her tenure". Quite right Susan L. And unfortunately it will take years to undo her accomplishments.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  174. Jerry Bradshaw

    Pelosi should run for minority leader and be elected. The simple reason is that Republicans targeted her because she was effective, and the number of progressive bills passing the House, many of which are still awaiting action by the cowardly Senate, testifies to that. She is unpopular for precisely the same reason that Obama is unpopular. Simply put, she was the target of a deluge of Republican hate ads, innuendo, lies and deliberate misconstruals They have no desire to see her bring the Democratic minority to heel to pull the same stunts the Republicans did –just say no. To everything.

    But, since the Republicans have no idea how to do anything except cut taxes, she won't have to say no to very much.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  175. Lynn in Logan

    Why is Pelosi so demonized by the opposition? Because she has been so effective. More than anyone else she has helped Pres. Obama stand up against big business, Wall Street, etc, who have been influencing government decisions for too long through those beholden to them. Big government? I guess so, if that's what it takes
    to fight big business and its fat cats who want to get richer and richer at the expense of the rest of us.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  176. Bonnie Hunter

    It is obvious to me, Jack, the Republicans are afraid of Nancy Pelosi if they spent that much money on their negative advertizing. She gets things done so I say "go for it girl".

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  177. Alice Newman NH

    Nancy Pelosi is just taking Palin’s advice "Don't retreat, reload!"

    She can choose to run – and let the Democrats decide. The GOP has a weeping leader who handed out PAC checks on the House floor and another who says "You could eliminate every congressional earmark and you would save no money," This is a the leadership you want?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  178. james griener

    Absolutely Not! Pelosi has been the most effective speaker in a very long time. The money and effort spent by Republicans to vilify her speaks loudly of how very much the country needs her. Come on Jack, lay off!

    Sorry, I forgot to mention I'm from the very beautiful Camas, WA

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  179. Susan from Idaho

    Yes and so should John Boehner the big bawl baby. What kind I a speaker will he be? Whining that he had to work hard as a younger person. At least he had work. Bring in someone with some common sense and character.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  180. Patrick A

    I am a Democrat and if she is to represent me and every other Democrat then she needs to represent us from the sidelines. I believe that she is an honorable person, but she had the Speaker of the House position for four years and did not produce the change that most Americans were expecting. I am not trying to get on the anti-Democratic bandwagon, but if she is smart then she will listen to the majority of Americans (and a lot of the Democratic Party) and keep the hopes alive for Democrats in 2012 by stepping aside.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  181. John R

    I don't belong to either Dem/Rep party. If the Democrats want to keep Nancy Pelosi it will surely mean further erosion of Dems in The house. I bet the Rep are salivating at the thought of Pelosi becoming minority leader. Remember, she is the one that lead her party...vote for the HC bill so we can see what is int it....vote for it before you have read and understand it's implications, etc...etc....She is rich, wants to remain that way and wants to tax us all to death so she can remain rich. Her wanting the lead the house minority is further proof that she IS totally clueless and has no qualifications to lead or even sit in congress. Go Nancy.!.!.!
    –I can't wait until they take the jet away that has been wasting taxpayer dollars for years. I hope she gest relegated to coach on scheduled airlines for the rest of her sorry tenure.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  182. Askew

    Anyone in public service with a 26% approval rating should understand they are not serving anyone but themselves. She is selfish and is not in touch with anyone that is a Democrat. In fact she is the reason for the demise of the Democratic party in 2 years since Obama has been elected.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  183. Lee Smith

    No! No! No! Keep Nancy Pelosi in a position of power and influence. She is the best thing that has happened to the Republican Party since Ronald Regan. We can bear having to watch her shenanigans for two more years for the benefits to be reaped in 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  184. Arnold MI

    No it is not time for Nancy Pelosi to leave, it is time for Mitch McConnel, John Boehner, Mike Pence and the crooked right wing Republicans to get out and stay out. After destroying the economy the Republicans waited for President Obama to bail them out and then blamed the mess thy made on the Democrats.

    The Republican "Party of No" is a bunch of back stabbing liars and the party should be barred from any political activities in this country like the NAZI party was barred in Europe 60 years ago.

    I admit that President Obama's policies are less than desirable, but they are better than what the GOP has to offer.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  185. Jeff, Charlotte, nc

    Nancy Pelosi is the reason I left the Democratic party in 2007 and became an Independent.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  186. Margaret Pierce, Houston, TX

    I was shocked to hear you quoting the bought and paid for Republican controlled Fox News (that's using the word "news" loosely). Doubtless, much of the money spent to defeat Palosi came from those unnamed donors, now able to do their dirty work, thanks to the Supreme Court. Of course, "they" want to get rid of Nancy Palosi. She's been a thorn in their side for 2 years. I hope she continues to lead her party in the House, and gives those guys a very, very hard time.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  187. Pam from Texas

    She needs to go because of the harm the Republicans will cause with just using the name "Pelosi". I believe she did a fabulous job with the work she was given to do with such adverse conditions. I hope she sees this danger and knows that history will treat her kindly.
    It only took 24 months for the electorate to forget what the "Others" did to our country. Believe it or not, they'll hang themselves quite nicely.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  188. Mark In California

    The reason Pelosi has been such a target by the Right has been that she is so good at her job. She passed more legislation than any other House Speaker, but the Party of No, worked hard in the Senate to keep it from a vote. Stay where you are Nancy, and keep fighting for the people. And continune to stop listiening to the NO -Nothing/Know-Nothings that fill the republican ranks.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  189. djhTEXAS


    Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are in a state of denial. They just can't believe what the polls and last Tuesday's results are telling them.

    Nancy Pelosi is good for the Republica Party. Just reminds us what the Democrats stand for.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  190. William

    Just another elitist who doesn't know when she is no longer wanted. She has been an embarassement to her office. Bye Bye

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  191. shirlee

    The Dem Party needs Pelosi now more than ever. That there were over 200 good bills passed with her at the helm seems to have escaped all the bad ads against her. She is good for the country and the party and maybe you and Blitzer should head over to Fox... from the sound of you two thats where you should be.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  192. drp146

    So you are saying that she should let the onslaught of negative ads paid for by the Koch brothers, Carl Rove's political groups and others dictate her actions? So you think that because the right wing was able to muster so much money against her that this is a reason for her to step aside? The money spent on ads demonizing her did succeed in tarnishing her reputation, so whenever we disagree with someone in office, we should let undisclosed donors of political money decide who should remain in office? The Supreme Court's absurd ruling that corporate money is the same as free speech by an individual citizen is one of the most dangerous attacks on our political system in a long time.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  193. Marianne Granoff

    If her constituents want her gone, they can vote her out. If her colleagues want her gone, they won't re-elect her to the Democratic Congressional leadership.

    No one else matters. Certainly the numerous talking heads on TV don't matter. You folks should stop telling us YOUR opinion, which we couldn't care less about, and just report the news.

    Personally, I think she has done a great job, – probably a better one than any Speaker of the House has ever done. Most people who criticize her don't even know what the Speaker is supposed to do. . .

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  194. richard

    I have been a registered Democrat for over 40 years and Pelosi is the reason I voted all Republican this time. She is a power hungry, extremely liberal drain on the party and has to go. The sooner the better.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  195. Adam_in_Mass

    If this last election wasn't a strong enough signal for Dems to make some significant changes, or suffer again in 2012, then I don't know what is! She needs to remove herself from the limelight. It would be best if she were able to realize this on her own, but unfortunately, as is the case with the kind of personality type that most politicians have, she has a huge ego.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  196. chrisC (San Jose, CA)

    Pelosi is one of the two reasons why the Democrats got such a beating; the other is of course the arrogant president who only thinks that his word and idea is the gospel! He is clueless on how to run a government; totally inexperienced and thinks the American people should look to him for salvation.

    Pelosi is so power hungry she's still think she's doing such a wonderful job! This lady is like someone who has extreme B.O and can't smell it. She thinks she smells like the best fragrance money can buy! hahaha. If she is my grandma, I will push her into a well and not tell my parents.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  197. Jim, Dunnellon Fl


    Keep her around we wil have a great dream ticket for 2012 Presidential Race

    Pelosi and Palin, so everyone can enjoy our last years in the good old USA


    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  198. Patty

    I think that a change in 'leadership' in the House would be good for the Democrats. The party needs to be willing to change if they want to show their supporters that it is policy, not people, that is important.

    I'm a [semi] liberal Democrat, San Diego.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  199. HF

    This is an easy score, 65% of people dislike Pelosi, 55% dislike Obama,
    The tallest lightning Rod is Pelosi, Without the Democrats and Obama square their accounts with the American people, Democrats will surely get trashed in the next election, with Pelosi's hatred for Republicans and Amerian, she will surely further sink the USS America, the country and further bring down the Democrats with her explosive personality.
    News companies PRO-demcrat see this and she is to blind, Obama is the sam way but in another manor, Obama still does not get it either, but the Democratic news org can't un-elect Obama, BUT they solve 50% of the problem and hope the Obama problem works it's self out or the economy some how gets better, no matter, Obama seens as useless as a American President, he is not re-electable, it will either be another Democrat of Republican ......... So Pelosi, leave before you family is run out of America in a sorts, or run out of Washington on a rail, choo choo!!!
    Obama and Pelosi, have a nice day from this Repubican ..... bye bye and I mean bye bye frm Washington ... Hope your next job is better for you, try Africa or Middle East ....

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  200. Ted

    I want Nancy to stay. I am an independent,and I want the republicans to win it all in 2012. I want her to push thru more bills that america does not want,just to show how powerful she is. Stay Nancy and in 2012 even Hillery could not win.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  201. Errol T, DC


    First are you kidding quoting FOX? They have a vested interest in unseating Pelosi. Of course they want her out, for better or worse she is an effective force in politics.

    She has passed a tremendous amount of legislation. If you don't like the policies she is effectively backed, well of course you'll spend CRAZY money to undermine her credibility try to get her out. Perhaps she is just what is needed to counter balance the forces that would reinstitute the policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  202. Tim Peterson

    she should stay on!!! She is a good speaker and has only one agenda; "doing what is right" for the American people. The problem is we have a FEW people who can't stand a woman in the position of power!!!!! Those are the people who need to go away, or grow up, get smarter, or just shut up!!!! Most of these people are in the republican party, but some are in the democratic party too. What an embarrassment these people are to this country. I think we may be doomed; the rest of the world is going to pass us up and in many ways already has. What a laughing stock we are!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  203. Paula Pero

    Are you taking the side of the republicans Jack? You should ask the question , Why do they want Pelosi out? Could it be she's doing a great job? If the republicans are spending millions of dollars to get her out, she must be doing something right.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  204. Al

    It's time for Boehner, McConnell, and the rest of the Karl Rove cabal to retire, so America will be free again.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  205. ReidinLA

    I believe that most of the Democrats wish Ms. Pelosi would just go away, but her self-centered character won't allow it. The list of people she has rubbed the wrong way now includes her own party. She should pay attention to Ms. Clinton, who in my opinion, has increased her approval rating across the board.....

    November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  206. Mike

    Nancy Pelosi has played very good hard ball when needed. So the Democracts approach is going to be slow pitch going forward?

    You Democrats need a spine.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  207. david bidlack

    seems wrong to want somebody to leave because when she is working the republicans can't seem to stop her without millions of dollars spent in a campaign. at least she has more than one goal. maybe we could have a two for one firing. nancy and mitch mcconnell you know the one goaled senator with the same goal as people and coubtries around the world "make the president fail and make the president a one term president. nancy made republicans fill with anger the other one is just taking up a valueable seat and space for his own one goal!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  208. Dominique

    Nancy Pelosi have been the most productive speaker ever. She led great heights whether you agreed with the legislation or not. She needs to remain and led the Democrats back to control. Democrats lost after Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid was passed and look at them now Americans love them. Nancy Pelosi NEEDS to stay.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  209. Lloyd M

    Nancy Pelosi has done an outstanding job as Speaker of the House. The fact that so much money had to be spent on ADS against her is a good indicator that she was quite effective. The problem with Democrats especially the Blue Dog Democrats is that they are disloyal. Democrats should be rejoicing that so many of them have been voted out of office. Now they are started to show their true color...they are Closet Republicans.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  210. Dennis Murphy

    No way. This kind of thing is why the Republicans keep getting back at the Democrats. They get them to fight with each other instead of presenting a united front.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  211. GregoryT..Irvine California

    I say the Republicans are up to their old tricks again. It's the same machine that has 70+ Republicans thinkning that Obama is not a Cititizen,, instituing Death panels.. is like Hitler..etc etc that has villified Nancy Pelosi. Mitch the Leader and Boehner the weeper says that the White House and Dems better listen to them The Repubs.. aka the "American People" or else..That's their idea of Bi-Partisanship!!?/** .. Pelosi is is being villified because she is strong and has done historic things as Speaker of The House. beyond being the first woman to hold that post.. Who does the Repubs have that they can compare her to. Sarah? Michelle? Sharon? Christine?.. The Dems need to stay the course show some grit and dig their heels into the ground and pull on the rope and fight back and win..2012 is already here the general electorate is behind them they need to stay unified and not alow our leaders to be picked by fear of Repubs attacks..

    November 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  212. Ann from Charleston SC

    I think Pelosi needs to go. Her tactics are at odds with President Obama's promise of a more open government, and I think he will recommit to being more transparent. Pelosi is one of the back room boys as evidenced by the way the health bill was handled. I think public perception of that legislation would have been a lot more positive had there been better communication during the process.
    She and John Boehner are cut from the same cloth, and I don't trust either one of them – they are two empty suits.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  213. Hank Melbourne florida

    Times up Nancy and you are out of life lines. The people have spoken
    last Tuesday for new leadership, guidence and the hope that we can feel good again about this country.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  214. John from San Antonio

    Pelosi should not have surived her first term. All politicians in Washington are owned by the corporate executives but she is one of the more obvious. What Americans must demand is where these politicians stand on the issues important to America and not the divisive issues designed to keep us divided, and it needs to happen fast, it is almost midnight.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  215. Lloyd Myers

    Jack. Polisi was returned to congress by that counted. Her district. It is not your right to try and tell congess what to do. Get off her back so you do not like her. So what is new.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  216. Bill

    In a word "YES". When a politician starts pushing things through, it bothers me. When a politician pushes through something without thinking it through it worries me. When the "unintended" consequences force me into the poor house, well you know what will happen then. The warning signs were there all along and she had to do was listen rather than push an agenda .... but as with all things in D.C. the agenda is more important than the people you are supposed to serve.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  217. Jerry , L.os Angeles

    The so called blue dog democrats who were voted outta office should shut up and go away. They turned their back on the Democratic Party by voting against the president and his legislation do you really think liberals and progressives are going to vote for you cry babies now. You lost Blue Dogs now go away. Oh and Jack why don't you go away we hate you too.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  218. Otto

    Drain the swamp? Ms Pelosi has failed us all. We complain about the GOP, when we can not police our own camp. Four years!!Not two!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  219. Lala

    No it's not time. She worked harder for the American public than any politician I know of. President Obama ran with the goal of reforming healthcare. He won by stressing this issue. Now some want to act as if he ambushed us with it. No such thing. Anyone knows a President has to move the agenda he ran on in the first two years, because the second two- for every President, is spent running for second term. She did her job. But the GOP made her the evil Democrat poster child. Much like Hillary. Any strong Democrat woman becomes their target. The Dems need to stand behind her instead if cowering away.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  220. Vance fort

    Speaper Pelosi should stay. She has been tremendously effective. It is the obstructionists who should go away. Fact is, nobody is going away.


    November 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  221. Tom in Arizona

    Yes Nancy should stay. I can't think of anyone who could help the Democrats lose more house seats in 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  222. Patricia Gage

    Surely you don't blame Speaker Pelosi for the fortune the party of NO spent to vilify her? Her "crime" was to expedite the president's health care thru congress. Or was her great offense being a woman?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  223. Seth Hill in Topanga, CA

    I'm a liberal and I thought Ms. Pelosi did a good job as Speaker Of The House. I felt OK that she was third in line for the Presidency. However, the right wing hates her so much, it would be better for the country if she kept a low profile for a few years. We need to focus on what the Republicans intend to do with their control of the House, to see if they come up with anything constructive.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  224. Anthony Morales

    Of course she should stay. She's probably the most successful House leader of all time. The real reason republicans won is because of a few extremely wealthy individuals pouring millions of dollars into individual races. For all the demonizing of Harry Reid and millions upon millions of dollars being spent against him he still managed to win. She did nothing wrong and we'd be better off if the Senate managed to get more of what she got through the house past the Senate. People complain about Congress doing nothing and she passed hundreds of pieces of legislation.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  225. Lawrence in Vancouver, BC


    To use any opinions expressed on a Fox political program as reliable evidence, suggesting Nancy Pelosi was a discredited leader, belies the fact that the Republicans used so many millions of dollars to publicly destroy her credibility.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  226. Jimmy-James

    "It's generally agreed that Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drove the Democrats off the cliff."

    Generally agreed upon by whom? It certainly couldn't have anything to do with the populous being upset by the economy, unemployment, and negative ads? No, no. Of course not. That might make sense. It is entirely Reid and Pelosi's fault alone. They are the new Atlas of the problems in the country, taking turns holding the entire world on their shoulders. Such drivel.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  227. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Pelosi should stay and some of those newly elected teabaggers need to go. They will prove to be unfavorable to the Republicans.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  228. Robert

    Nancy Pelosi won in her district by a huge margin. California is now a Democrat lead state and Nancy Pelosi is a great leader against
    the Demagogues who disdain change in the Health Care Field.
    They opposed Medicare in 1965 and they oppose modernizing Health Care Insurance reform in 2011 because of the billions of dollars the
    Health Insurance Companies are making of the current corrupt system.
    The scofflaws and free riders who do not believe in Health Insurance
    want you Jack to pick up the tab for their uninsured hospital Emergency Visits.How do I know this ?? I was a Hospital Administrator of bankrupt hospitals forced to care for the uninsured. No scapegoating because the
    the uninsured show up from all over the US.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  229. Marie Johnson

    Think about it for a minute, Jack. Why would republicans spend 10s of millions of dollars to unseat Nancy Pelosi? Could it be that she was effectiveand did everything she promised to do?If she was as bad as they said she was they could have sat back and let her sink into the trash heep of history and saved alot of money. If there is one thing we know about republicans, they are not very good at saving money.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  230. llouise

    Jack, its a no-brainer, the rethugs want her gone because she is the most successful Speaker in many years... She works very hard for the people, the middle class.. Check her accomplishments, she gets a bad rap, they have spent millions trying to disseminate what she has been able to do.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  231. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Some of the recently reported US job growth has been in the healthcare sector. Nancy Pelosi is one of the few leaders in Congress with the determination and conviction to continue the fight to keep the Democrats' healthcare gains despite fierce GOP opposition. The loss of Pelosi's leadership would signal an end to healthcare for disadvantaged Americans.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  232. Kevin

    Why has the media narrative become that the Dems should pull back? Bush didn't pull back when Repubs lost in the midterms.

    And let's not forget, this election was all about the Bush recession. The majority of voters like health reform or wanted it to go FURTHER!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  233. Jean Rusch

    She stays. She's awesome. THere are over 200 bills passed by the House waiting for the Senate to vote on them. If she wasn't awesome, the Republicans wouldn't be vilifying her so.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  234. Ron

    Look at the number of bills she got passed. If the rest of the democrats had her courage, the last election might well have gone the other way.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  235. Josiah

    Gee Jack, you are awfully coy and conspicuous about what your politcial leanings are. And I suppose you prefer the tan, male version of Nancy Pelosi? A better question is: what does it matter? They are all unthinking promoters of their own "teams." The problem is our country's problems aren't a football game.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  236. Lloyd Myers

    Maybe I am not the brightest for an 89 year old man from Pa. Polisi was reelected by the ones that counted in her district. So you do not like her. What is new? I think she could be the heck out of you in any debate. Try smileing a little more.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  237. Rainy in NC

    Nancy Pelosi is indisputably one of the most effective speakers in history. She should certainly serve as minority leader in order to keep the Dems headed in the most effective direction necessary to keep the right wing from destroying the progress made during the past two years. Just because the Reps and some spineless Dems are afraid of her doesn't mean she shouldn't serve. Have you noticed that most (if not all) of those who don't like her are men? Could it be that they are intimidated by smart women? Go Nancy!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  238. chris in tulsa

    While it is true that some blue-dogs would like to see her go, the people voted for gridlock. Travis Tritt articulated the tea party's desire regarding newly elected Republicans. They don't want them to reach accross the aisle. They want them to look at the other side and sneer or flip them the finger. Let all tax cuts expire. Do nothing. Pelosi should stay. Wall street will love it. Win,win.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  239. Vic

    Here is your spine Mike;
    Worst election in history. more bought votes than ever. half america didnt vote and those who did were the ones who have been at home in front of their tvs screaming...governent conspriacy...thanks for being repukes...confirmation on stupidity...now to answer; should Pelosi stay?
    HELL YESS...shes been a hell of a bulldog and made repukes mad!!lol
    God bless her thats your spine!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  240. Jim Angone

    Absolutely not. Nancy Pelosi should remain the minority leader for the

    November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  241. Texbest1


    Why would you ask a caring, intelligent representative of the middle-class and poor to knuckle under pressure from the servants of the rich and powerful? Are you exhibiting a chauvanistic attitude that is so commonly exhibited by Republican men?


    November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  242. Shirley Swift

    Nancy Pelosi wanting to be the House Minority Leader shows her to be the worst narcissistic woman who ever lived. She does not care one iota for her Democratic Party and the damage this could cause her party. She needs to "give it up"; she will look like a fool if she runs for Minority Leader. Bowing out gracefully is what Nancy should do.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  243. Chris

    Why are the Republicans gleefully saying they would be happy to have Pelosi back? It's just smoke and mirrors. What they really want is her gone because they know she will be a thorn in their side. She got things done and she will again. We need her in the House!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  244. Jim Carlisle


    I say that is entirely up to Pelosi and the Democratic Congress persons. I believe she has been very effective. Proof? You provided it when you said her opponents spent 65 million dollars on anti-Pelosi adds. That's about the same amount the Republican Congress spent on the Special Prosecutor to try to get rid of Bill Clinton.


    November 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  245. Tommy

    I see in the story about the Fed's devaluation of the U.S. Dollar that Europeans, like Americans, now understand that the Obama administration is wrecking the American economy, and the whole American system.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  246. stevea

    It is time for her to exit stage left. She has been a very polarizing figure. The Democrats need a warm and fuzzy figure to counter the "Orange Emanance" if they have any hope of getting public support behind them again. Let the Republicans be the polarizing force for two years (repealing health care and adding trillions to the debt to continue an unpopular war and give tax cuts to the super-rich) and maybe the Dems will have a shot in 2012.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  247. Al

    Maybe the $65 million spent on attack ads should 'go away'... maybe Fox should 'go away'.... maybe your 'dumb ass questions' attacking the Dems should go away...... one has to wonder if all the free publicity in creating Sarah's wealth and the Tea Party should 'go away'.... and tell Wolfe to 'go away' and let people decide if Obama should have a 2nd term. You and your Best Political Team have to stop over attacking every word Obama says. Maybe Issa should investigate the media's role and influence in Obama's past 2 years. From up here in Canada, we see too much money and support from the wealth 'right' that is obviously, paying off plus paying yours and Wolfe's salary..... makes me suspicious about your news presentations. Again, Go to Fox, Jack. or take a lesson on fair, honest, informative Reporting from Fareed!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  248. Edward A. Knob

    Ms.Pelosi is a perfect example of the old saying: "power corrupts and absolutely power corrupts absolutely. Review the facts. How much money was channeled to her husband's business, getting a bigger jet that costs all out doors to transport here -remember–her first one was too small and slow.
    She and most of congress don't set a good example for America–no social security raise for the elderly again while congress got healthy raises and God knows what else. we are being governed by hypocrites.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  249. Dr. Ken, Evansville, IN

    She provided the car for the dingo dogs in the Republican to bark and chase after. The dog pack of "NO" have no idea what they will do when they catch the car, but she makes an inviting target to go after. So, yes, she needs to let a different persona represent the Democrats, because they are a party worth keeping in power, and the dogs chasing the car distracts the country from getting business done.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  250. Kevin in CA

    Ya, along with a majority of others.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  251. JP

    You know the country has lost it's way when you read through here and find support for Pelosi. I don't care who fills her spot as long as her spot is open to fill.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  252. regertz

    Jack, I expect better from you than to jump in with people who don't believe in facts or valid arguments. Ms. Pelosi does deserve her fair share of the blame for the Democrats' losing the House but Rep. Pelosi has been a good, though not a great Speaker. She little deserves the crap people have dumped on her, mainly nonsense about her appearance or her being too "shrewish", a word losers like to pin on women who beat them at their own game. This is the same game they played with Hiliary Clinton in the 90s...Spew lies and distortions and hope something sticks.

    I hope she stays as leader to kick the people who spew such garbage in the teeth. Perhaps next round will find her and Reid a tougher duo.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  253. Dan from West Palm Beach

    Of course not. She was the most effective Speaker in the modern US history, if not ever. A long list of over four hundred pieces of legislation (including landmark legislations such as health care reform and Wall St. reform) pushed thru the House during her tenure is the reason Republicans and DEFEATED Democrats want her gone. Why don't you say those are mostly Blue Dog Dems who got slaughtered in the most recent election, as they should have been. As you said it yourself, those are defeated Dems who betrayed the democratic principles, and lost. Why would anybody listen to them? When you give us the Pelosi's job approval numbers, tell us how they compare with the job approval numbers of others in the Congress; otherwise, they are useless. I find your comment deeply biased and misleading. If you are going to be asking thus biased kinds of questions in the future, maybe it's time for you to go, Jeffrey.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  254. Mike In Chicago

    Pelosi goes to bed each night knowing she is despised by million of Americans. Serves her right for her arrogance in jamming the monstrous and unread health care bill down the Americans' throats.

    Having said that, I hope the Dems are stupid enough to keep her as their minority leader.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  255. C Masson

    Jack, the time for Nancy Pelosi to go started the day she was first elected . . . her and all the rest of our dysfunctional legislative branch of Federal government. Never has the term "a pox on both their houses" been more apropos.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  256. Steve in Medford Wisconsin

    As a non-partisan voter, I was embarrassed for this country every time Ms. Pelosi opened her mouth. I can't imagine what the rest of the world thinks about our government when they hear her speak. They must think our our goverment as one of comedy.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  257. ChristaHouston

    Pelosi is a fighter and true to her convictions which do not change with every passing biased slam. She represents the best goals to raise this nation for the good of everyone, not just the fat cats. I hope she stays until and if she's voted out by her own district. 'Til then she has no right to quit. They didn't elect her to quit when the going gets rough.

    She may be the only spine the Dems have at this point.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  258. larpman

    Jack, on your network, I heard long-time Republican Ed Rollins reveal his admiration for Nancy Pelosi saying that she was the most effective Speaker of the House in his memory.

    I believe part of the reason for her unpopularity is that she doesn't come across as warm and fuzzy, in fact she seems cold.

    There are plenty of politicians who appear to have very pleasant personalities, but what they actually think and say leaves my cold.

    For the Democrats to remove this "most effective Speaker" would be a mistake.

    Hang in there, Nancy.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  259. Mikey

    Yes – Time for that San Francisco dilettante to step down. She wimped out in the worst way when taking her seat, with a clear mandate to clean up the criminal malfeasance of the executive branch. Why would she take all that off the table? Remember Valerie Plame Wilson. Remember the admission of felony behavior by the prez, remember...oh, never mind.
    No leader, she. Gotta go.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  260. jeff

    did you say you get your news from fox news? we know how reliable they are. you obviously don't get it . the republicans want to get rid of her because she got everything passed for the president. fox news is a propaganda machine you should know better cafferty,

    November 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  261. Matt

    She should be gone and everyone should want her gone. Her only lasting memory for me will be her rude and offensive assaults along party lines. Before she was even majority rep she made it clear she was going to fight the GOP whether she agreed with them or not. That behavior was her calling card and she lived and should die by it. I would rather see a Dem in charge that wants to actually get something done.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  262. david, dallas

    Pelosi was good reality entertainment in not so interesting politics, why would one want her to go... oh wait, she did send the moderate democrats out of congress.... i guess then it is time for another show, Nancy Pelosi's California...

    November 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  263. Mike

    I agree with the republican poster who wrote, "stay nancy. You are the face of the left, and Americans decided that they don't like you, or your policies. Nancy Pelosi is good for Republicans.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  264. Megan Dirsa-DuBois

    Hell No! We need Nancy. She has been fantastic. It's only because of her success that others hate her so much. I love her. I want to see her continue to fight and continue to be part of the US political scene!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  265. Chris - Denver

    No Jack. Speaker Pelosi gets a bum rap. She is very smart and capable.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  266. Rillon

    All the money that paid for the anti-Pelosi ads was paid for by Tea Party supporters and Republicans; the amount of money contributed and the number of ads attacking her is equal to their need to eliminate her. She is a monumental threat to Republicans.
    Nancy Pelosi did not loose her job because she didn't do a good job; she lost it because she was sooooo good at it!!! If you want to be king of the Hill you have to get rid of the #1 person on the Hill!
    The Republicans want to get rid of Pelosi first, Obama second. Those conservative Democrats that are objecting to Pelosi staying on the Hill are self-serving.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  267. Randall

    Please, please let her stay, that way we will win the White House and Senate back in 2012 and that's not soon enough!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  268. Jim

    NO. Best behind closed door speaker in 40 years. Gets the votes. Fights for the common man with her stands. Instead of manipulating the common man into thinking the other party is out to take their guns and turn their kids gay.

    Give em hell Nancy!


    November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  269. Henry Mullaney

    I like Nancy in the springtime,
    I like Nancy in the fall,
    I like Nancy in the winter when it drizzles,
    I like Nancy in the summer when it sizzles.
    I like Nancy every moment
    Every moment of the year
    I like Nancy, why oh why do I like Nancy?
    Hey, I don't have a clue!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  270. michael carr

    I think you are wrong. She got more done than any one else. So, who do you think could do better or are you like the Republicans? Everything she does is wrong but you have no better ideas.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  271. Ken SC

    No! She is one of the precious few democrats with a pair.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  272. Robert

    Mrs. Pelosi should go away even if she did her best for the country. Time will tell. Republicans have no idea of what to do. At least she tought all people in congress that she can grab the bull by the horns.
    Republicnas demonized her but she deserves a lots of respect.
    If the health care bill went in a different way, it was thanks to the negativity of the republicans.
    Now, the won the house and they can't even tell what would they cut to reduce the deficit. They just keep repeating the same all S#$t

    November 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  273. Loris

    No. She is the balance against the extreme right-wingers. Of course the Republicans want her out – because she's effective! The Dems that lost were primarily the "blue dogs" or those that tried to distance themselves from the Obama administration. And as far as the ads against her – again, corporate and foreign money used by the GOP to destroy the Dems.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  274. Charles Boda

    Nancy Pelosi is one of the greatest Speakers we ever had. The Democratts lost because they had too many Blue Dogs whimps in their ranks. Had they have the balls Nancy has they would have won by a landslide, just like they swept all the state government offices in California. It just disgust me that now they have the audacity of arrogance to vote her out of the minority leadership. You should have had the courage to run against the Republicans boys!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  275. Kerry L

    Yes! Go away Nancy.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  276. Willie12345

    Jack, ..... Nancy needs to stay and have a more visible position in the Democratic party. She should be seen more with the President and Vice President. If anything, she should replace "accomplish nothing" Hillary as SOS. With time she could/should take over the Chairmanship of the Democratic party.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  277. Alan Richmond

    Pelosi is the punching bag for the Republican Party. Not only is time for her to go. it is past time for her to take a back seat and remain silent.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  278. Gary

    No, I don't believe she should go away. She represents the far left arm of her party, and was voted in by her constituency, and probably will be again when they have the chance. Does she represent where the House Democrats want to go? It is for them to say. I don't share her views, but she has represented the views of one segment of the country well. Boehner may be as objectionable to some people, but I don't find him to be as arrogant or polarizing.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  279. cal

    yes it time for to her to go. also all the remaining house and senata who did not lose or are running for reelection.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  280. Pat

    Pelosi's biggest problem is that she is a woman. The things she is criticized for are standard fare in a male politician. The one who is a freakin joke is Sarah Palin-she needs to disappear entirely!!! The media has made her a star just like they trashed Pelosi.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  281. J HAMMOND

    Nancy Pelosi has caused enough head aches and grief. One down, two to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  282. Joyce in Nashville

    Yes, it's time for Pelosi to back off. While personally I have nothing against her, nevertheless she's a lightning rod. If she remains as the leader of the Democrats, that just gives Republicans an easy excuse to continue refusing to work together. The only word they seem to know now is NO, and we certainly don't need to make it any easier for them to continue down that path. Back off Nancy. This isn't a matter for personal glory or partisan politics. The American people on both sides are tired of that. We want to see our Congress working FOR us.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  283. Chris

    No Nancy should not step down. She defines the reality of what the democrat party is about. She should stand up and represent her party instead of letting them put someone else in so they can pretend they are not what they so clearly are.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  284. Wayne( Canada)


    Your Questions are starting to sound very right wing? have you been drinking tea lately?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  285. Whitman

    We need people of vision. I don't see any vision from any Tea Party or Republican, except perhaps Ron Paul.

    For that matter, Pelosi, Obama or Reid don't have it either. Hillary has done a great job with the State Dept. That's been the only bright spot in the last 10 years from either side.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  286. BC

    I am sure she represents the hatred and corruption of the far-left liberal machine very well, but the rest of us fear and resent her. If the Democrats want to have any respect, they need to fire her as a leader, and come back to the center. She will not allow that.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  287. Carrol DeHaan

    No, she was elected by her district voters and they have a right to have the representative they elected.!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  288. Pam Crouse

    I've been reading a lot about the achievements that Nancy Pelosi has accomplished during her time as Speaker of the House and it has been very impressive. This is a nominated position so who is she really hurting and it is too late now because she is going to run for the position so maybe she should go away when Sarah Palin goes away and takes the tea party with her. I always say that if you were sick would you want a dumb doctor or a smart doctor to cure you?

    Pam Crouse
    Carlsbad, Ca

    November 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  289. Sue from NY

    All you people accusing Nancy's negativity as sexist is no different then when Hillary was receiving the same treatment during her presidential run against Obama. Both Pelosi and Reid were working behind the scenes to quickly see that her run come to an end.

    Nancy had her time, and now it's time for her to accept it and show class like Hillary did and move on.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  290. Linda in Arizona

    "It's generally agreed that Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid drove the Democrats off the cliff."

    "Generally agreed"? By whom? Harry Reid, maybe. Nancy Pelosi? Not so much. And let's not forget the president himself. He had a hand in it.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  291. ZY

    She's already gone.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  292. Sooner in Texas

    She won't resign so long as she thinks she gets to keep her enormous private (at taxpayer's expense) jet.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  293. Mike

    So having a huge number of ads and a large sum of money spent by her opponents to remove her from office is a sign that she should step aside? I don't think so. It's a sign she was doing her job way too effectively and the opposition was doing everything it could to get her out of the way. She was actually a Democrat that stood firm for what the Democrats SAID they were to stand for during the elections of 2008 and she should be congratulated for that, not run out of town because it is more convenient for Republicans and fellow Democrats, who change their positions and ethics depending on which way the wind blows.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  294. Dan P

    Let Nancy stay... She is just proving what we all know. That she can't give up power, and that she is a poor listener. The latter being what cost the democrats the house and part of the Senate.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  295. pkfops

    Pelosi won reelection with 80%.

    Why, because she stood up to the GOP stall tactics and kept things moving.

    I'd go after the guy who spent the $65 Million. (well spent?)


    November 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  296. Denny in STL

    I didn't like Pelosi years ago but will always remember her for the way she and Reid rammed through the health care bill, with midnight and weekend votes, no one having read the bill, payoffs galore to buy votes, absolutely no consideration of others' ideas, nationalization of the student loan business – slime galore, that she considers OK because it got her what she wanted. Rahm Emanuel wanted a more incremental approach to health care but Nancy wouldn't hear of it, and here we are – having to send 1099s for everyone from whom we bought $600 or more. There may be a few good things in the health care bill but on balance it is pure idiocy. Time for a do-over by adults who have some element of practicality.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  297. Tom Penrod

    Mr. Cafferty, I smell sexism. Seems the 'good ol' boys' network is very unhappy with an African-American president and a woman Speaker, so they have done their very best to demonize the both of them. I think they have been as successful as they could be, given the extremely poor situation they inherited from the previous administration. I admire them both for their willingness to put themselves up for such castigation, and blatant attacks by some GOP members which quite frankly stoops too low even by Republican standards.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  298. RRin2012

    I believe she should stay no matter how much her collegues, the administration and the American people intensley dislike her and her policies. I agree with most of the posters. Being reviled by an overwhelming majority of her own party is just an indicator of how effective she is, just as it was for President Bush.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  299. Bob (Illinois)

    The only reason the GOP has such strong dislike of Pelosi is that she got the job done! If she were a Republican the members of that party would be delirious with joy!

    November 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  300. HC Bueck

    Of course she should stay. Republicans are scared to death of her effectiveness. Why shouldn't the most effective speaker in history finish the work she started?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  301. F. Dick

    The GOP spent $65 million in anti-Pelosi ads this past election. Typically they waste money on a lost cause and petty politics.

    The sooner the GOP wave peters out, the better for the USA

    November 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm |