Nancy Pelosi election results turned out well in her district. Yet the Nancy Pelosi election results across the nation were another matter altogether. Although the Speaker of the House was reelected in California’s 8th District, she will return to her seat with a lot less power. Four years ago, she preceded the history that future President Obama would make as the first female Speaker of the House. But now, last night’s results have Pelosi giving way to John Boehner and the Republicans in the House.
The Democrats were resigned to a big defeat in the House of Representatives, and that is what they got. This left them to focus their hopes on the Senate, which they ultimately retained. Yet even though they can cling to the Senate, the House still leaves them behind the eight ball.
For Pelosi, election results last night brought a swift end to her tenure as Speaker. In fact, the Republican majority is now even greater than the one the Democrats had in the last four years. With 240 seats so far, the Republicans are set to charge in under new Speaker John Boehner.
Pelosi still kept her House seat yet again, as she got 80 percent of the vote from her district. However, much of the country has grown less fond of her, as she was a punching bag in many attack ads. Next to President Obama, she was the biggest symbol of Democratic failure, at least from those who had turned against their agenda.
Republicans hope that the results are a mere sign of things to come. In 2006, she broke the glass ceiling in the House before President Obama did so in the White House. But now Pelosi’s historic tenure has ended after just four years, and now Republicans hope to do the same with the President.
At this point, all she and the Democrats can do is make things difficult for Boehner, although they don’t have that much power to do so. It would take some major reaching across the aisle to stop Republicans from passing legislation. Therefore, the best hope to stop it would come when the bills reach the Senate, since Democrats still have a majority.
With the election results, the now-former Speaker will now be busier trying to stop the Republican agenda, rather than furthering her own. That agenda was attacked over and over by Republicans throughout the midterms, while Democrats often ran away from both her and the President.
However, now that Pelosi is no longer the arch villain of the House, the Democrats hope that label will go to Boehner in the next election results. Boehner is already made fun of for his tan, but time will tell if hate for him will inspire action at the polls later, like anti-Pelosi sentiment did last night.
Yahoo News- “2010 Election: Full Results”
ABC News- “Nancy Pelosi Outed as House Speaker, John Boehner Waits in Wings”