Little over a week after the midterm election, many are still trying to find a reason for the trouncing that Democrats took. For Republicans and many others, one name stands apart from the rest. That name is Nancy Pelosi and like so many other things, these Republicans have been able to influence not only the Democrats themselves but also the mainstream media. So much for real adults thinking for themselves.
“In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file says they won’t support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January.” “The reality is that she is politically toxic,” said Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley, one of several Democrats who are trying to pressure Pelosi to step aside as her party’s leader in the wake of Historic election losses to Republicans last week.” “Pelosi’s critics have become more vocal in their efforts to retire her from the party leadership.” “If enough people come out and voice a little discomfort with the idea of her continuing on, maybe she would reconsider,” said Rep. Jason Altmire, one of a handful of Democrats who said he won’t cast a ceremonial vote for her”. “Quigley ran up more than 70 percent of the vote in his Chicago-area district. Pelosi has “probably been made the scapegoat in all this,” he said in an interview, but he added that keeping her as the top Democrat “would make recruitment very difficult and winning back the House in two years nearly impossible.” “Democrats lost at least 60 seats in last week’s elections, with a handful of races yet to be settled.” “Many of the defeats came in conservative or swing districts, and many of her critics are lawmakers who survived narrowly.” (Hirschfield Davis, Julie and Espo, David, 11/10/2010, Associated Press, Democrats pressing Pelosi to step aside, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is my personal opinion that Nancy Pelosi was not the reason that democrats got beat like a red-headed stepchild this midterm. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer of Maryland and James Clyburn of South Carolina has done one heck of a job leading the House Democrats and gaining more than enough seats to become the most productive house ever. The real problem and where the wheels feel off the wagon were in the Senate. I challenge any economist to look closely at all of the bills passed by this House and image if they had been passed by the Senate and set to the President for his signature. If these bills had gone through as the public wanted when they were first elected would don’t ask don’t tell still be an issue, what about the dream act? Would the jobs numbers be lower? No one knows because the Democrats did not band together as Americas wanted them to do in the Senate. Too many choose their own way and after the midterm was shown the way out.