November 18th, 2010
03:57 PM ET

Will Pelosi as minority leader help or hurt Dems in 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

She's a big part of the reason the Democrats got crushed in the midterm elections.
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Nancy Pelosi was seen as arrogant in her determination to help shove health care reform down the country's throat. Remember: "Vote for it so you can find out what's in it?"

She controlled a huge majority in the House of Representatives - that did virtually nothing about creating jobs as the country labored under the weight of a horrible recession and almost 10 percent unemployment.

Now in the wake of the midterm shellacking, Ms. Pelosi - who was targeted by Republicans in races all over the country as the face of the enemy - is insisting on remaining as minority leader in the House.

Some members of her own party wanted her to step aside, but Pelosi seldom has time for consideration of much of anything except Ms. Pelosi.

With some behind-the-scenes arm twisting, she has managed to get herself elected as minority leader in the house. Republicans must be giddy. Maybe they will throw a party for her like the one she threw for herself to celebrate her "accomplishments."

If Pelosi accomplishes as much for her party in the next 2 years as she did in the last 2, the Republicans may have all the seats in the house and senate come January of 2013.

Here’s my question to you: Will Nancy Pelosi remaining as House minority leader help or hurt the Democrats in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom writes:
If the Republicans know how to play their cards, they can (and will) make Ms. Pelosi the most hated individual since McCarthy. She should be blamed for all the ills from the last two years and will be blamed for the deadlock of the upcoming two. If she had her party's future in mind, she should have gracefully "retired" after her "shellacking".

Chris in Georgia writes:
Pelosi is one of the most unpopular people in the country. This selection as minority leader is a bad move. She galvanizes her opponents like no one else in the Democratic Party. She's a figurehead of the last session of Congress that had, what, an 18% approval rating? A new direction would have been a great idea and far more helpful to Democrats in 2012.

Peter in Milton, Florida writes:
Pelosi was doomed in 2006 as soon as she said that impeachment of George W. Bush was "off the table", which told Republicans she had neither the courage nor the intellect to be a truly effective Speaker. It's been all downhill since.

Tripp in Dallas writes:
It's sad to say, Jack, but it can only hurt. Her "brand" is already akin to that of Sarah Palin. She lost 60+ congressional seats. And she does not provide inspiration to the American people that she can get the job done. Nancy should not let her PRIDE make this call. She should do the American people a favor and go away.

Scott writes:
Give me a break. The reason there were no jobs created is because the Republicans held up every jobs bill to ensure that no jobs were created so they could claim victory over Pelosi and Obama's failure. I think she is the right person for the job. Republicans cannot continue to hold up progress since they are now a responsible majority in the House.

Mike in Denver writes:
In life, parties always seem to end up with a guest who just does not know when to leave. For the Democrats, it is Pelosi; the Republicans have Palin. At this rate, they may cancel each other out by 2012.

Marilyn in Ohio writes:
Not too much - unless she uses some of John Boehner's bronzer.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Jerry A - Toronto

    It truly is amazing that this politician is so self serving that her only goal is to think of herself rather than the greater good. And the Democrats who voted for her are going out of their way to make sure they lose it all in 2012. What kind of knuckleheads are running this party. Any more of this stupidity and they will for sure put Sarah Palin in office. God help us all.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Peolsi remaing is going to cause more damage to the Democrats--Bad is never good until worse happens-but look a the bright side-what good is a political "pinic" without ants!

    November 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  3. Rob in NC

    It crushes them. However, I am sure there will be democrats who try to distance themselves from her – much like many of the Republicans did with Bush. The only thing that would work better for the GOP is if she ran for President. Rob in NC

    November 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  4. katiec Pekin, IL

    No, Jack. She was not the reason for the loss. Unlimited corporate monies behind the republicans was the cause.
    Wall St, big business and the wealthy spread their lies, distortions, unfounded accusations by using the republicans who willingly supported anything and everything against the American people, our survial and our President.
    Nancy Pelosi stood up for and supported middle class, veterans, senior citizens, women, students, children, less fortunate, disabled etc and that is a No No for the republicans and their loyalty for everything but us.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  5. Karen, Idaho

    Nancy Pelosi is totally irrelevant–the minority party has no power. What is important is that President Obama must assert himself and push his agenda forward without backing down when obstacles are put in his path by the Republican Party. We elected someone we thought was a leader and so far President Obama has not led the country–usually deferring to the demands of the Republicans. If this continues, he will not be reelected.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  6. Bill (Tacoma) WA.

    As for jobs, Nancy, The White House, Or the New GOP Congress will not be able to create them, they went overseas and are not comming back. I think she did a brillant job with her support for health care reform, it just did't go far enough, Public Option. The GOP are really, really afraid of her that's why they spend nearly 100 million dollars demonizing her. She was able to push legislature thru. The Democrats do not need a Republican lite (Ex Quaterback) as their leader. I think Mrs Pelosi is doing a fantastic job, and I see no reason to change. Long Live Madam Pelosi.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  7. Bill from Clinton, Maryland

    Hurt. It's unfortunate that change comes the hard way for some (DEMS) and easy for others (GOP). She may have won at home but she lost nation wide. Get the hint Nancy before diaster strikes even harder in 2012.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  8. Melissa

    Neither. She's frankly becoming irrelevant. Its the rest of Congress that makes the real choices. Her voice is just one among many.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  9. Mr. D

    I wouldn't want Pelosi in my house. Some people can't take a hint. She is like a windup toy. I really thought that the Democrats would refuse to rewind her after the election. Maybe the Republicans did. They stand to gain the most in 2012 from her non-stop spending in the House.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  10. Tony from Southport

    No matter what Nancy Pelosi says or believes about her "accomplishments" over the past few years, her denial of the reasons the American people overwhelmingly voted Democrats out of office will cost the Democrats in 2012. She is a power hungry woman with no consideration of the people and she will bring the party to an end. At least I hope so, I truly hope so.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  11. Jamie in St. Louis

    It will hurt the Democrats. She has some of the lowest approval ratings of any political person ever. She's a closed minded, bitter, ideolog that's genetically incapable of compromise. The only strengths she brings to the table are her abilities to name call and twist arms. Those characteristics are better suited for a minority leader than a Speaker but re-electing her was a HUGE slap in the face to the electorate and proof that they still live in a bubble and just don't get it. I guess it's going to take more than one shellacking for them to wake up. I'm looking forward to another attempt in two years.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  12. Tina Tx

    Does anyone really care about the Democrats? They get into power and always find a way to bungle it up and then we are stuck with the Republicans, the Kings of Power and I should be worried about whether Nancy Pelosi will be a hindurance? Think not. Maybe for you but she is the least of my worries. I am more worried what I will be loosing under the Republican and the rich man control.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  13. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, I don't like her and think it will hurt. That being said, just because the majority was Democrats doesn't mean they all had the same beliefs. Unlike the newly extreme right GOP, the Dems are divided into far left, left leaning and blue dogs. It's hard to control a group like that. We also forget that Obama was elected by a large margin based on his promise to push such things as health care reform. He spent most of his political capitol in saving America from total economic collapse by pushing a huge spending plan, which scared the same independents who voted him.

    November 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  14. Linda Bradley

    I am a conservative and there is a big 'ol smile on my face; does that answer the question!

    November 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  15. Randy

    If she was in fact a big part of the Republican win..then of course
    she will continue to help the Republicans, by providing a "common enemy". I'm constantly astounded by how stupid many of these politicians are. Many clearly do not get the concept of taking one for the team and getting out of the way. Pelosi's behaviour exemplifies that notion.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  16. patti seattle

    considering she acted like all was pretty much alright with the 10 year report on china, yes!, but, more importantly, john boehnor will be more of a hindrance to righting this country considering his sympathies for the big fossil fuel and chemical companies .... we cant even get plastic bags replaced in our grocery stores becuz of the capital gains tax breaks for chemcil companies that then saturate our local communities and buy off the media with advertising revenuess... this session of congress is perfect example of the 2 party monopoly capitulating this countries progress

    November 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  17. Mike from Denver

    In life, parties always seem to end up with a guest that just does not know when to leave. For the Democrates it is Pelosi, and the Republicans have Palin. At this rate, they may cancel each other out by 2012.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  18. jon hoffman

    Jack: Great Question
    Nancy is the poster child for Target! I thought she should have quit last July and taking the sting out of the Repubs campaign. "Staying, no matter what" certainly teaches you that WHAT is realy ugly. You would think a politician would now to duck, swerve and dive when being pot shot. Too arrogant to realize the California is not in the mainstream thought of the USA.

    Jon in Calif.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  19. David in Raleigh, NC

    Pelosi is the best thing that can happen to the Republicans in 2012.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  20. Phil, Jersey

    Yes she should definitely help. Pelosi took strong stands and passed policies that democrats have been wanting to do for years.Why would democrats listen so hard to republicans who would demonize her nomatter what she did. She has been the strongest Speaker in centuries and deserves her respect!!

    Its an oxymoron, why would democrats vote her out as leader when she's leading in policies that they believe in and voted for.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  21. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Why is it that when we run into a strong, smart, intelligent, articulate woman or black person we classify them arrogant because they stand up for themselves and up to bullies. Speaker Pelosi gave the Republicans as good as they could send in their childish position of doing anything that they could to undermine the Obama administration and the Democratically controlled Congress. She handled the "Say No' regardless posture by the Republicans in the same fashion as her white male colleagues would have had they been the recipients of their destructive positions on policies that were cleary for the common benefit of the American people. Because Pelosi was so effective in getting significant legislation through despite the barriers purposely placed before her, she will be an asset to the Dems as she will be instrumental in preserving the accomplishments and advances made by this current Congress...

    November 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  22. MNResident

    Who else do the Democrqts have in the House to represent them in public-Charles Wrangle??? Hey, that's not a bad idea.......

    November 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  23. Mary Ann, Wilmington

    No she won't hurt, Jack.

    Despite Republican spin and their highly skilled hypnosis and mind
    control of the dumb, Nancy Pelosi has been a very effective leader at
    actually getting things done. She knows how to go toe to toe with the
    Republicans and WIN.

    That's why they don't like her, Jack.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  24. kola

    It will definately help.At this juncture, the democratic do not need a whimp.Call her anything but not a whimp. You need somebody to give the republican a dose of their bills. Nancy is the best bet.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  25. Kathie

    peolosi is more preoccupied with her power than acutally representing the people. she should have been replaced.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  26. Andrew Broering (Cincinnati, OH)

    Pelosi exemplifies everything wrong with both parties. She is an idealogue who is unwilling to compromise for the country's benefit. How are we going to address critical issues such as the mounting deficit and job creation if she continues to lead the Democratic party? Like Sarah Palin, opportunists have no place in public service, let alone acting as the House minority leader.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  27. LaVon in Hemet, CA

    Jack, after the midterm elections the "scapegoat torch" has been passed to a one Rep. Boehner. Now lets see what type of crap he tries to force down the throats of americans who aren't in the top 2% in terms of wealth.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  28. Charlie Stepps, MN

    She is the only help, Jack.

    Nancy is the best republican repellent on the floors of congress.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  29. AndyZag Lynn, MA

    Let me be as succinct as I know how: Nancy Pelosi is the greatest thing that has ever happened to the Republican Party. It amazes me that the good people of her district keep re-electing her. When a history of the early 21st century is written, she will be linked, through her actions, to such noted Americans as Benedict Arnold, John Wilkes Booth, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Nancy Pelosi has already demonstrated that she acts out of hatred and revenge. Nancy has done more to destroy the Democratic Party than anyone. I'll miss the party of the Kennedys. R.I.P. Dems.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  30. Conor in Chicago

    We'll know in two years Jack. The same people who hated Republicans two years ago just put them back in power based mostly on lies and corporate funded dis-information. Once the Repubilcans let the corporatacy down they will fund the Democrats and Pelosi will look an angel. It's called "Democracy".

    November 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  31. Ken in Pinon Hills,CA

    No Jack lNancy Pelosi remaining as House minority leader will not hurt the Democrats in 2012?
    The majority leader for the next two years, the orange man, John Boehner will hurt the Republicans in 2012.
    The time for a third party in the White House may finally become a reality.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  32. Allen in Hartwell GA

    What is it they say about a woman scorned?
    I don't know about Democrats, but I have a feeling she will definitely hurt the Republicans.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  33. Kim Smith

    Who cares what damage she does to her own kind, it's the damage she does to America that scares me.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  34. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    She is the backbone of the Democratic Party. Without Representative Pelossi Republican filibustering would have prevented our recovery and thrown us into another depression.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  35. Mary Steele Yorktown VA


    Between her, Reid, Obama and the rest of the Democrats ignoring the will of the people on multiple bills and letting 7+ million illegals keep jobs that are needed by legal immigrants and citizens, she should have been the one pushing to get our unemployed back to work but did everything but work for "we the people"!!

    York VA

    November 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  36. David in Tampa

    Jack, if the economy is still in shambles, which I am predicting from the new class of idiots just elected, she will be less of a liability. If the economy recovers some, no thanks to the inmates running the prison, she will be more of a liability. Will she be an asset to the democrats? Mostly NO.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  37. Paul ,N.Y,

    Jack,it'll hurt!The Dems need a positive change and this will not help.This party needs unity but frankly it's all over the place.Thank goodness for the Tea Party,they're really pathetic and that might bring the Dems together!

    November 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  38. Griff

    "I don't think she will see the next six months out, befoe she bow's out on her own accord. They have to find another, and that's about the only reason she is straying on."

    November 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  39. th

    It doesn't matter who is in any political office, or which "party" they're supposedly members of - they all work for the same corporate puppet-masters.

    And none of them represent us, the working people.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  40. riley oday

    Its the way they prove to us they do what they want not what is the best.

    In West Virginia the political ads claimed Pelosi was the cause of our

    problems. Im shocked they were dumb enough to put her in front

    again. They should have had her sit quietly in the corner.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  41. Eve Lemon

    Neither. Despite the Pelosi paranomia of some people who don't like outspoken, intelligent women, some of us don't follow that herd.

    Eve, Independent in Texas

    November 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  42. Ralph Spyer

    Nancy Pelosi is a big D Democrat who else could have been able to push through health care. Wait and see what the party of NO Republicans accomplish? Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  43. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    She's on a roll why should she stop now I predict that by 2012 the democrats will be extinct with her leadership .

    November 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  44. Dennis north Carolina

    she will help but she needs to weed out the turn coats or the wolfs in sheep clothes.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  45. Scott Stodden

    Nancy Pelosi Has Been A True Warrior In The House As Speaker Fighting For All Americans In The United States! She Has Fought Hard For Health Care & Financial Reforom Which Became Law, She Is A True Real Politican Who Will Not Allow Republicans To Continue To Bring Our Country Down! I Support Nancy Pelosi To The Fullest As House Minority Leader She Is Amazing!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    November 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  46. Larry Oklahoma

    The ole saying "Insanity is to continue to do the same things and expect different results" comes to mind. Or in this case "continue to use the same people and expect different results". The Democrats would be better off with Shirley Temple as minority leader, at least she can sing and dance... Oh.. sorry, that would be more of the same...
    Hurt ... Jack..... hurt.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  47. Kevin K

    Hurt – The lady does not have a clue what is going on in this country. She passed healthcare. She lost her airplane. Aside from that she is not in touch with anything east of San Fransico.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  48. Michael

    Will it hurt the Dems? Not any more than it did this past election. Is the GOP silently celebrating? They are but this time around, when they fall on their faces, Pelosi will be there laughing.

    Waco, Tx

    November 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  49. R. T. Sorg

    Nancy Pelosi has been the very best Speaker of the House in this nation's history. She can do nothing but help, not just her party, but this country by remaining as leader of the only party that makes any sense at all.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  50. Alex

    It won't help or hurt the Democratic Party because when it comes to pointing fingers and looking to blame someone most people would either Blame The President or Speaker of the house not the minority leader. If not them They'd Blame The Majority Leader in the senate.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  51. Barry G. Wick from Rapid City South Dakota

    Whatever happened to the quiet public servant lurking in the background and only interested in serving the public without ego and without self-interest? Nancy Pelosi drank their blood.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  52. Steve

    Jack, Nancy Pelosi will help all of the remaining House Democrats join John Spratt in the unemployed-Representative ranks in 2012, including herself and Jim Clyburn. I don't think she is a leader and she has never been. At least we are grounding her Queenly Jet Service to California. Wow, that's a huge saving in expenditures for the next two years.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  53. vennie arrington

    Is Nancy Pelosi totally brain-dead?? Didn't she understand or maybe never read what happened on November 2nd to her party ? Oh, I forgot she never read that!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  54. Lois G.

    Nancy, I'm-ready-for-my-closeup- now Pelosi just looks desperate....and a little crazy....Of course, I hope she stays for ever..

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  55. Hal Holzman

    Ms. Pelosi will definitely help Democrats. I guess you were somewhere else or not paying attention when the Democrats under Pelosi passed scores of bills to help small businesses create jobs – bills that were not permitted to come to vote in the Senate by the Republican minority.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  56. Randy Miller

    Pelosi will remain the same drag on the Dems in 2012/2013 as she was this year. The Republicans have got to be giddy with the "gift" she is providing them for the next election. Pelosi has got to be blind and deaf to miss the obvious opinion the people of the U.S. outside of California have of her and her methods.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  57. Mark Daniel Cohen

    You seem to hold the assumption that Americans generally have politics to the degree that you do. Having a political position is an admirable thing. However, most Americans have no politics. What they have is complacency when economic times are good, and a tendency to throw tantrums when the economy is bad. The last election was nothing more than a tantrum. It had less to do with Nancy Pelosi than with, well, the price of tea in China.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  58. Charlie Massey

    She will hurt herself and Obama and all of the Liberal Democrats. She needs to go. I thank the best thing Obama can do is force her to resign the House.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  59. Thomas J

    I'm an independent, but the worst thing that could have happened is the republicans get more control and will continue not to with with pres. Obama. With Pelosi still in having power, Iguess i'll just have to get with use to it.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  60. Bill

    I'm very much a Democrat but I feel Nancy Pelosi is the wrong person to lead the democrats in the house. She is not seen by the public as willing to seek common ground with the republicans – not a consensus builder.

    It's time to put a fresh face in this position.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  61. Ted Vinson

    With her record it seems that the Democrats want to hand the Whitehouse, Senate, and house to the Republicans. The democrats have got to be out to lunch if they think more of the last two years will produce any results other than the 2012 elections did. Pelosi needs to go away and make room for change.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  62. Sam

    Jack, I'm about as blue as you can get, but I think Nancy Pelosi is the worst thing that's happened to the Democratic party, perhaps ever. With her at the helm, we're doomed in 2012. I'm absolutely shocked that the house democrats can't see that, and that they voted this joker back in as a leader. Just thoroughly puzzled.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  63. Mark, OKC

    Are you kidding, Jack? Just the fact that Pelosi might be sitting in the back of the Congress napping every day doing nothing, would be pure poison to the Dems, let alone her being in a leadership role. I can't believe the unabashed gaul of this woman!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  64. Joan

    Maybe you should look at which Democrats got wiped out this election cycle. Most were Blue Dogs, and a vote against healthcare reform pretty much assured a loss. Meanwhile, the Progressive Caucus Dems fared pretty well. Nancy Pelosi has more spine than most in Congress, stands up for the Democratic agenda, and is a wonderful leader. I wish we had many more like her in Washington. Maybe then we could get this country moving. The GOP party of NO is interested in politics only, not the people.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  65. Tom Quattlebaum

    Nancy Pelosi just doesn't hear the people speaking. She is obviously totally deaf and seemingly stupid. Maybe it is the lack of oxygen on top of that extremely tall pedestal she sees herself on. Come down to Earth Nancy and open your ears. The Republican are celebrating with her win as Minority leader and her shadow, Clyburn.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  66. Thomas in Maryland

    If Nancy Pelosi competes on the 2011 season of Dancing With The Stars, and does as well as Bristol, she's sure to help the Democrats in 2012. But short of that, I predict she's going to be a liability for her party.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  67. Gerald miller

    She will destroy the Democrats.

    What are they thinking?

    I'm a Democrat, but I am becoming more disillusioned day by day.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  68. Stella from Chicago

    Yes,she will help- she is GREAT and fights for us, she passed the health care reform, she is a strong voice for the democrats – GO Nancy, GO!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  69. Peggy, St. Louis

    Help or neither. The Republicans will dig their own hole by trying to repeal health care and block Obama and the Democrats at every turn. Americans want to see our government work together for the best interests of our country. What happened to bipartisan governing? THAT is what we the people want most!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  70. mike scarpelli

    From a WEST COAST CONSERVE, I only hope she stays! We will will run the entire table in 12. Her refusal to acknowledge "we the people" will only help the country! I think Obama should choose her as his running mate.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  71. Les Kincaid

    Mr. Cafferty,

    Nancy Pelosi is just what we need. I'de say she is perfect and you certainly arn't. You make a typical tea bagger. Geeeeeez

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  72. George

    Her and Charlie Rengle should go grab a drink and mull it over. That;s about how good she is for the Democratic party.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  73. John Snow III

    Yes it will hurt Dems in 2012. I live in Heath Shuler's district and he would have made a great leader and there are many other choices in the house that would be better than Queen Pelosi. She is clueless to what is going on in America! She was a lighting rod in most elections around the country and the Dems lost. You hit the nail on the head when you said that Republicans are very happy with her as the choice for leader, and they will be happy in Nov. 2012 also.
    Murphy, NC

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  74. Deborah Seibert, co

    She will hurt them. She is the most hated woman in America. Anyone who disagrees with her, she says is "unamerican, extreamist, and racist".

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  75. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    In my opinion, Nancy Pelosi remaining as House minority leader can only hurt the Democrats in 2012. I think that Pelosi is a very selfish person who is doing what she has a personal right to do but what is clearly very bad judgment on her part and what is also not in the best interest of her party or the country. There is a saying "country before party" which I completely agree with. I think that Pelosi should consider the concept of "party before self."

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  76. Myriam - Portland, OR

    Nancy Pelosi is showing one more time that she only cares about her political future and not what benefits the country. While I was glad that she pushed for health care reform because it was long overdue, it is time for her to step aside and let the healing begin. The country needs new leaders eager to work together for the good of the American people instead of being a battle of big egos and partisanship. She is not the right leader at this time.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  77. Raine in California

    As far as I'm concerned, Pelosi has made all the decisions since Obama was elected president. His presidency has been a total contradiction of what he ran on in 2008. I'm an Independent Conservative who voted for him and I won't be fooled again. What more could the Republicans ask for than to have Pelosi calling the shots again! This guarantees more house seats and 20+ senate seats in 2012! Pelosi as leader is the best thing that could happen. And I'm looking forward to 2 years of gridlock, which is better than a road to socialism. The next 2 years will be very entertaining!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  78. P J Roberts

    Pelosi as minority leader is the best thing that can happen at the moment and for the 2012 elections. She does not "hear us" and her behavior is the reason for so many changes in the House and Senate during this last election.

    Every 12 years or so, we need a Democrat in the White House to remind everyone why the country needs the Republicans.
    Obama's administration with the continuation of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will surely help prod everyone to vote Republican in 2012.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  79. Gayle B, OH

    Pelosi is like all politicians. It is not about doing the will of the people but their own status and title. She did nothing then. She will do nothing now. Except bully Hoyer and Clyburn into letting her have her way. Shame on you, boys!!!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  80. Luis Fernandez

    We all can see that Miss Pelosi is on the way out, no doubt.
    However, Miss Pelosi and your viewers do not need the transparency of your dislike for her and her party.
    Would you consider as your next "New Year's Resolution" to help improve the relationship between the arrogant political parties and many individuals that talk loud on TV..?
    Our Nation is just like Miss Pelosi, going down by the minute.
    If you can not help or don't want to, please don't add harm.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  81. Laura, Olympia Fields, IL

    This is one stubborn woman: Not only will she damage the Democratic Party for 2012, but more important, much more important, is the damage she may do to the country. I can't see this aging stubborn woman ever compromising on any issue. Sad.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  82. pat seidlitz

    The Republicans have ridiculed and made fun of Nancy Pelosi since she was elected speaker. She did her job. She helped the president get health care for America. That was one of h is promises so why wouldn't she be aggressively promoting the program? She is a gracious grandmother and the right wing can't stand her probably because she is an intelligent and caring person for middle America. I have always enjoyed your program but you are wrong to jump on the bandwagon of the bad right wringers.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  83. Jerry Wilcox

    Jack – the Republicans spent millions and milions of dollars to smear
    Nancy Pelosi, whom I consider to be the kind of EFFECTIVE Democratic leader we need more of! The smear worked but the gutsy lady is staying-on and I'm delighted.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  84. LarryB

    Can't hurt – ignoring election results worked really well for the Republicans, a lesson that's probably not lost on the Demoncrats even if it's being ignored by the press.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  85. Docb

    Well now- Jack- it seems that the Dems have done a good job of crippling themselves by not going far enough but AT THE VERY LEAST Pelosi has gitten thing done! Herded the sheep if you will when the right side of the were sitting firmly on their thumbs lying and obstructing with the help of the press!

    Efficacy and getting vilified for it does not seem to bother her– with $75 miillion being spent to do it but rove and the corps...She knows where the bodies are buried...I say it is better to do something for the people-instead of for Big Business!

    The shrinking violets better 'man-up' as the quitter from AK says-the republicans sure are not doing anything for other than the Corporation that own them!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  86. Ron Revell

    The selection of Nancy Polosi indicates that Congress doesn't get it yet. The dumping of democrats was NOT due to jobs or to Obama policies. It was a result of the "business as usual" that took place when CHANGE was promised. Change like no more pork barrell, responsible behavior, listening to the voters, acting like a representative instead of a member of royalty, etc. If no significant change happens in the next 2 years, the voters will throw out the incumbents again, no matter what party they are from!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  87. Brian

    I've always considered Nancy Pelosi to be focused on one thing...Nancy Pelosi. She was Obama's "Yes" Girl while Majority Leader. Her leadership skills certainly leave something to be desired and her own agenda leaves little doubt about just how much she really cares for her constituants and the Amercian people in general. Now as Minority Leader her efforts will certainly help the Democrats, that is, help them loose more seats in 2012.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  88. Charles Gassaway

    I have voted Democratic all but 1979 and I will soon be 72 years old but if the Democrats don't get rid of Pelosi I will change parties and vote for someone else. It may not be a Republican but I cant support the far left either. The only one worse than Pelosi would be Sarah Palin.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  89. Mary McCombie

    Nacy Pelosi is just what we need Thankyou. Why would we Change anything the Dems do so the Republicans can keep on fooling the American People !

    November 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  90. mike birdno

    Yes Jack, Nancy Pelosi will hurt the Dems. She has been the problem and will continue to be the problem until they run her ass back to California. Republicans and Democrats will never work together as long as she's in charge. John (Bonehead) Boehner is not going to be any better.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  91. Marie (Portland, OR)

    Your obvious bias is more than apparant Jack. Its like Glenn Beck asking viewers if they think Obama will help or hurt the country. Say what you will about Pelosi she got support from 3/4 of House Democrats because they know she has backbone to get things done. When voters start learning that healthcare reform isn't the bill from the pit of hell that the Republicans have painted it to be she will regain some of her standing because unlike the GOP she hasn't thrown the middle class or the elderly under the bus.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  92. Rich McKinney, Texas

    The loger Nancy Pelosi hangs to control the better off republicans will be in 2012. Go Nancy go!!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Ben Hall

    Pelosi is an asset to the Democrats. I think she's smarter than Jack Cafferty.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  94. John from San Antonio

    She will hurt the democrats but more like her is what America needs. It might wake people up to the fact that we only elect the people who front for the real government. her admission that they knew nothing of what was in the health bill means the corporate bosses wrote this bill. The sad fact is that the politicians are controlled by multi-national corporate executives and the government is run by the various agencies headed up by appointees. Guess who decides who the appointees will be? We do get to express our emotions every two years though.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  95. vennie Mississippi

    Is Nancy Pelosi brain-dead or what? Doesn't she know what happened to her house on November 2nd? Oh, I forgot-she doesn't read anything so how would she possibly know that?

    November 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  96. Dolly from New Mexico

    Why would she hurt? The main reason the Republicans don't like Pelosi is that she is a strong woman and not afraid to use her political capital to get things done. How long – 40+ years – did others try and pass healthcare reform and fail?? You go girl!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  97. Julie Robson

    Dear Mr. Cafferty–Nancy Pelosi has been enormously successful as the Democratic leader, and Republicans have a formidable opponent. Why shouldn't she remain as leader? It's obvious that YOU do not like her, but if she can help the middle class, then personalities are not important. It's results. My husband is severely disabled, and we are living on 65% of what we had two years ago. The Republicans are not interested in us.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  98. Laura M

    Nancy Pelosie is not the Democrats' problem. She moderated over a House that had an outstanding measure of accomplishment. The problem the Democrats had was that almost none of it passed because of the Republican Senate and there hasn't been enough time to see the results of what did pass–like health reform.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  99. Carrie Bacon

    Nancy, Nancy, Nancy – the Empress's new clothes reveal her to appear just as she did before her self-serving party for her Party and it ain't a pretty sight, folks. As the primary force behind America's rush towards insolvency and being foreclosed upon by China, Nancy sure can be proud of herself when she's on her knees, bowing down to George Soros, doing his bidding. I don't think she's going to help the Democratic Party as much as she's going to help herself. Narcissism can be a beautiful thing when it's all about you, Nancy.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Definitely will hurt. Those who don't learn from history live to repeat it as the old saying goes. I'm changing my registration to Independent. My husband has been for years and now I'm joining him.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  101. RicSTL

    Jack I would have to disagree that the newly elected minority leader doesnt get it. Im a Dem and I quite frankly am happy she won. Look at her record, forget Pelosi the person and look at the record of Pelosi the Majority leader. No matter what we may personally feel about her we all have to admit she was an awesome majority leader. We can thank the blue dog dem for acting like republicans in dems clothing. Get rid of them and continue to push the agenda of the President that the majority of the country voted for.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  102. Bob

    Jack. Let's make this clear. She will single handedly bring the Democratic Party to perdition. Her majesty's days filled with visions of people eating cake, not the bitter tares that have become their diet. She feasts sumptuously on the public teat and is oblivious of life for the common American. Oh, yeah, and I'm a liberal.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  103. John Blythe

    Oh god, do I feel sorry for the Democrats. What is wrong with them? Nancy Pelosi, with her crazy grin and those eyes that look like she is trapped in headlights, will be just another disaster for Congress. Under her tenure as Speaker, she said she would have an open and ethical Congress... I guess that was just another political lie, wasn't it?

    Lake Isabella, Calif.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  104. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Nancy Pelosi is the gift that just keeps on giving to the republicans. I might vote for her just to keep her in power. With her leading the charge it is idiots unite.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  105. FRED

    HURT – she's not in touch with the real problems of the nation nor the solutions that are needed. She should spend some time driving herself during commuting hours and working in a hospital.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  106. Steven P

    Greetings Jack,

    With Ms. Pelosi as the public face of Dems in the House, the Repubs won't have to do much to remain palatable to middle America.

    And that is unfortunate for those of us who do not identify with either left or right.

    Steven P.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  107. mary in Detroit

    God bless Pelosi for following the right thing. Health care for America-a lifelong dream, and need.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  108. Bob

    ack. Let's make this clear. She will single handedly bring the Democratic Party to perdition. Her majesty's days are filled with visions of people eating cake, not the bitter tares that have become their diet. She feasts sumptuously on the public teat and is oblivious of life for the common American. Oh, yeah, and I'm a liberal.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  109. varry

    I feel that Nancy has been a great asset to the democrat. She has stood up for issues that has benefit the America people. She has risk losing her position, and this should not have happen if someof the Dem., Indep., and Repub. had attempt to work with President Obama with solutions to benefit the America people in a postive way. The others (some Dem, Indep, and Rub) had stood by and did nothing except point fingers, and made every attempt to keep their position at the expense of the America people by using fear as the mighty weapson and no positive solution.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  110. Wayne from Houston

    Jack, Wouldn't a better question be did she meet Republican arrogance with arrogance of her own? We are all aware that the health care reform bill process was messy. But it never had a chance to begin with. The Republicans want to dismantle medicare, and praised Reagon for the changes he made to it, some bragging it was the beginning of the end of the program. 2.4 trillion dollars of social security money has been taken out and replaced with IOU's. Instead of paying the money back they cry it is broken and benefits need to be cut from it. Social security monies helped pay for the tax cuts for the rich. And with the tax money THEY saved they created jobs in other countries. So if you want to call her arrogant, so be it. And thank you Nancy for your arrogance.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  111. betty robinson

    She's seen as what she IS. An arrogant politician from a congressional district that will just keep reelecting her no matter what. She has the arrogance to go see the Pope, when she has voted for abortion rights EVERY TIME, even though the Catholic religion prohibits it... She rammed health care through KNOWING the majority of citizens oppossed it, but in her arrogance, she thought we didn't want it because we didn't know what was in it... Well, apparently many of those who voted for it didn'[t know what was in it either, because they didn't read it... Now we find out there are all kinds of hidden taxes, such as the real estate tax... And yes, she is totally out of touch with the majority of American voters. I mean, throwing a PARTY, to CELEBRATE the Dems accomplishmentds after they were soundly defeated BECAUSE of those "accomplishments"... It really defies logic and it frustrates most of us that she just doesn't GET IT. We OBVIOUSLY do not want her as Speaker of the House, or really in any other position of power where she can continue to do HARM.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  112. andrew in pinehurst, nc

    Jack, I'm a Republician and I say she's a keeper!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  113. Edgar Paiewonsky-Conde

    Nancy Pelosi will be remembered as one of the great leaders of the previous and probably next House of Representatives, she's been an indefatigable defender of the middle and working classes in this country, and shown the vision and the courage to wage the struggle on their behaf in the midst of a campaign of political distortion and manipulation as we have not see before is recent American history; as such she will not only help her party but, unquestionably, the nation.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Nancy, Tennessee

    Nancy Pelosi is so out of touch that she doesn't get it. No one wants her leader over anything. She will continue to alienate the Independents and possibly many Democrats by refusing to sit down and shut up. The very sight of her makes me want to throw up. I guess you can say I truly do not like the woman even though I profess to be a Democrat.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  115. AzRose

    I believe the Pelosi leadership will hurt the Dems in 2012 as much as it did in the mid terms. She is going to have a tough time arm twisting for votes this time around. Some of the house Dems heard the people loud and clear, they will cast their votes with the will of the people and not the Pelosi push and shove behind closed doors method.

    Rose, Glendale, Az

    November 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  116. JAN California

    Jack.. instead of trying to demoralize Nancy Pelosi WHY don;t you instead poit out the FACT there are over 200 Bills She has gotten passed through the House that is hung up in the Senate due to Dysfunctional Racists Senate Republicans ???

    November 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  117. Peggy Robertson

    Nancy Pelosi exudes the aura of back-room wheeling and dealing. Listening to comments of her fellow legislators, they, including the President, are afraid of her and what she will do to them and their constituents if HER programs are not supported. Ms. Pelosi is the example of what voters were rebelling against in this past election Unless the Democrats distance themselves from her, they will all be out of office as soon as possible!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  118. Dariel

    Santa Rosa, CA.

    It wont matter one way or the other. Nancy Pelosi may have enough support to keep her position in the Democratic Party, dingy or not, she's in the loop.
    I don't believe she can be as effective with a dominant Republican base as she was when her loop was the majority.

    What happens when the Republicans "JUST SAY NO".

    November 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  119. Kristin Perry

    If the Dems goal is to WIN in 2012, then they better shake their foot loose of Pelosi!

    New Jersey

    November 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  120. Beth in Ohio

    Sadly, I think it will hurt- not because she is any worse than the next politician, but because the Republicans have successfully manipulated her public image. Since partisanship is threatening the success of an arms treaty with Russia, it really doesn't matter. None of us will be around.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  121. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    She will hurt the party, she is the only one that I believe is dummer than Palin or Boehner, and the GOP idiot Pence that Wolf just got through talking with. What needs to be cut is the salary of all congressmen and eliminate their pensions and see how the jerks like that.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  122. sue Manito, Il

    How arrogant can one be. It's a me thing with her. New position created for the votes. Even blamed the Republicans for her unpopularity. NO, NANCY, ITS YOUR MOUTH.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  123. Luci

    I think Nancy Pelosi did a fantistic job as Speaker. She has 400 plus bills pushed to the Senate that they haven't done anything with yet.
    If everyone in Congress worked as hard as Pelosi, it would be great.
    Here's hoping Boehner is defeated the next election and she gets her Speaker job back.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  124. Gerry Reason

    Just as the Democratic party and Nancy did not want to listen the past two years, their hands are still over their ears. This decision to have her as a continued face of the party, will absolutely haunt and plague them through 2012.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  125. Dodie

    Nancy Pelosi arrogantly used our treasury money for her unnecessary travels at a time when Congress needed to tighten their spending. Nancy Pelosi is boisterous and aggressive; however, those qualities, paved the way for national healthcare. For the first time in 100 years, Americans have some type of national healthcare. The republicans removed the “public option” allowing insurance companies to still maintain control; however, at lest we have something to work with.

    I may not be fond of Nancy Pelosi’s personality type, but I am grateful for those qualities which helped to establish national healthcare. Personally, I would like to see our Veterans medical coverage improve. Remember, these men and women “unselfishly” gave their lives and health for our freedoms. It is about time we give them due respect!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  126. Greg in Mechanicsburg

    One definition of insanity is to keep on doing the same thing even after it has proven itself again and again to cause harm to oneself. The Democrats of the House of Representatives have chosen to cause harm to themselves in 2012 by doing the same thing that they did in 2010. Pelosi is a burden that should have been dropped for the good of the party.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  127. andrew in pinehurst, nc

    Jack, I'm a Republican and I says she's a keeper!!! I pray that she is loud and visible. I hope she is out front with everything that hits the floor of the House. Give her a megaphone!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  128. JAN California

    Jack.. instead of being a sexist against Nancy Pelosi why don't you mentions the 290 plus Bills she got passed through the House of Representatives that is now hung up in the US Senate because of Dysfunctional Racists Senate Republicans ...

    November 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  129. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Pelosi won't be hurting the Democrats but she sure serves as a reminder to the American people the Republicans must deliver what they promised. If the Republicans fail by 2012, there is no one better than Pelosi to call them out.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  130. Jim - Michigan


    What will hurt the democrats in 2012 is their inability to connect with and listen to the voters. The economy is our number one concern and even after taking a beating at the polls because they did not focus on jobs what did the democrats do? They came back to Washington trying to focus on the START Treaty, repealing DADT and everything else except jobs.

    The tax payer is strained and ou debt is overwhelming yet the democrats will only consider new taxes without any consideration in reducing spending. The democrats are their own worse enemy and I dont see them changing in time to win in 2012.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  131. Donald in CA

    The democrats need more people like Pelosi. She is tough and will not wimp out against the republicans. Ugly is polular in american now and the dems are losing the ugly race to the republicans. They better learn how to fight ugly with out becoming ugle themselves.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  132. Marie from Erie

    What part of shellacking did the democrats not understand and most of it was due to all the people who can't stand Pelosi. I am a democrat and could definetly do without her.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  133. John Margherita San Jose California

    Nancy Polosi is to the Dems as the San Andres fault is to San Francisco. It will eventually cause the Left side of the country to fall into the Pacific Ocean

    November 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  134. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    If she can find a way to give the Dems some GUTS, she will do OK. I do not hold out much hope.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  135. Ted

    I want her to stay in control. I want her to push everything she wants. It does not matter what is good for america,it is only about what Nancy wants. Stay Nancy and 2012 will be a wipeout for the Dems. She is what is wrong in Washington.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  136. Jan Asotin, Wa

    She will help. If the Republicans spent $75 million blaming her they are scared of her. She has the guts to stand up for the people. Go Nancy go!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  137. Jim Blevins

    You sound like an ultra right wing political advertisement. Pelosi accomplished a great deal (job creation included) - that is why the hyper conservatives targeted her. It is certain that Pelosi will do good for the progressive movement - whether the Democrats want that is up to them. Whether that is good for votes depends on whether the majority of the voters still want to stop progress.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  138. Linda Smith

    I admire Nancy Pelosi as a strong, smart woman, but in this place and time, I think she can help the party most by stepping aside as the front leader in the headlines. I know in the South she is reviled, compared with the devil, and seen as a heartless witch. She can continue her work behind the scenes just as well as she can making the headlines, perhaps better. She's a lightning rod we as Democrats don't need. Enough Nancy, go quietly into this good night.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  139. Mary McCombie

    Nancy Pelosi is just what we need to show the American People what we want in a strong leader to show that a week apponent's answer to everything is Just say No to everything.

    Mary Mccombie (Surprise, AZ)

    November 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  140. Bob in Tampa, Fl

    She will not be a factor.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  141. G. Daniel McCall

    Thank you, Jack, for your comments around five thirty this afternoon about Nancy Pelosi's miserable performance in our congress.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  142. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    The thing about Nancy and Obama neither one of them get's it even after being horse whipped she will kill the democrats and it will take years for them to repair her damage .

    November 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  143. A. Stevenson

    The Republicans will win in 2012 if the press continues to give the slant of the news story to the Republicans.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  144. Bruce Meyer

    What a putz. No clue

    November 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  145. Jerry D

    Pelosi's stubborness and ego will hurt the Democrats in 2012. She has already taken the Dem's from the Majority to the Minority.

    Jerry D.
    Lansing, MI

    November 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  146. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY


    She's irrelevant for 2012. She was the Republicans obligatory bogeyperson for the midterms. For 2012, they'll shift their attention to President Obama.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  147. Leslie

    The Republicans are afraid of Nancy Pelosi and are willing to put their money where their mouths are! The Democrats are willing to fight. Boobus Americanus beware!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  148. Luc Ydrob

    l do not find her responsible of the Dems decline. Her attitude was dictated by the destructive agressivity of her opponents the last 2 years.
    Let's wait for November 2012 and we will see who can laugh!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  149. D.Peter Waterman

    Peter from VT – I hate to think we have to wait until 2013 to get things moving in the right direction, but that's when we can give Pelosi credit for the GOP takeover.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  150. Dave

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accomplished a lot in two years. She has helped President Obama to passed healthcare and helped General Motors to emerge from bankruptcy to become a success. This saved over 1 million Jobs. If it wasn’t for President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi the unemployment would have been much higher. It took 8 years to dig ourselves into this financial hole and now you want to fix it in two years. This is just not possible.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  151. explainer

    No effect. By 2012 the die will be cast by the House and Senate. The most important issues in 2012 are:

    1. Who is the GOP nominee for President and VP
    2. Will there be an Independent candidate; e.g., Mike Bloomberg?
    3. Will there be some Democrat so dumb they challenge Obama and force GOP primaries?

    Nancy Pelosi doesn't fit into any of this.

    Las Cruces, NM

    November 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  152. Ramiro Marrero

    Pelosi hurt the Dems in the mid term elections and will continue hurting the Dems through 2012. She should step down! The Democratic party will continue to lose seats in next election. Only time will tell what impact will Pelosi have.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  153. Dodie

    Nancy Pelosi arrogantly used our treasury money for her unnecessary travels at a time when Congress needed to tighten their spending. Nancy Pelosi is boisterous and aggressive; however, those qualities, paved the way for national healthcare. For the first time in 100 years, Americans have some type of national healthcare. The republicans removed the “public option” allowing insurance companies to still maintain control; however, at lest we have something to work with.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  154. Dodie

    I may not be fond of Nancy Pelosi’s personality type, but I am grateful for those qualities which helped to establish national healthcare. Personally, I would like to see our Veterans medical coverage improve. Remember, these men and women “unselfishly” gave their lives and health for our freedoms. It is about time we give them due respect!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  155. Virginia (California)

    Pelosi has been demonized by the GOP, but that is what they do best. I am glad Pelosi is staying,and I think it is ridiculous to try and blame Pelosi for the "shellacking", as you put it. Whether or not it hurts the party in 2012 remains to be seen. People blame her for the passage of the health care bill, but who was the newly elected Rep. for the house that cried for his socialist health care, a Republican. He plans to repeal the health care bill for Americans, but he doesn't think it's right for him and his family to do without health care for 28 days. Perhaps he can ask his constitutents how to survive without health benefits. At the voting booths Americans continue to show how gullible and uninformed they are. Go America!! Ignorance is alive and well in America!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  156. Guy

    Pelosi can stick grave stone in the Democrats. The Americans are not in favor of Pelosi and the president at the moment. With Pelosi as the minority leader, and the Democrats not working with the Republicans the Democrats will be hurt in 2012.

    Justin (AZ)

    November 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  157. Sue

    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.

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

    November 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  158. Danny Owensboro KY

    She will not only hurt her party , but the whole country will be hurt.. look at her state,, do we want the country to look like that ?Hell no !!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  159. LINDA Watson

    Nancy Pelosi s ok! She should have NEVER stated that Impeachment s off the table!!
    However, she has gotten many bills passed that are STILL stuc n the senate!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  160. ~BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa~

    She'll be a great halp. We LOVE Nancy! She was instrumental in getting us what we voted for, by an astronomically large margin. Thank you, Nancy. You're our heroine. We salute you.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  161. Lance, KS

    Keep Nancy.
    She's the only one besides Harry that doesn't run when the Republicans
    say "Boo", Jack.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  162. Not fooled

    She is a good Speaker of the House. Now if the Democrats back her up they will be ok. They need to stick to their principles and not cave in.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm |