First Woman Speaker not lost for words
I hesitated to pile on once again, but she’s asking for it.
Remember, she made history becoming the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives. She used the ram rod to rough shod Obama’s agenda through the legislature without a single Republican vote.
Following that brief moment, her behavior was largely responsible for the “shellacking.”
Now, a kinder gentler person would stand down, but not Nancy. Republicans have the likes of Mitch McConnell, and the Democrats have Witch Pelosi.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi to seek minority leader post
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, November 5, 2010; 3:46 PM
Rejecting demands that she relinquish power after her party'slosses in the midterm elections,House Speaker Nancy Pelosiannounced Friday that she will run for minority leader, potentially setting up an ideological battle inside the Democratic caucus.
"I am running for Dem leader," Pelosi (Calif.) said in apost on her Twitter account. She said her decision was in part "driven by the urgency of creating jobs" and protecting this year's health-care and Wall Street overhauls.
Many Democrats had hoped Pelosi - a central figure in the Republican campaigns that led to the ouster of more than 60 Democrats and returned the House to GOP control - would step aside. This would have cleared a path for Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who has support from the party's diminished moderate-to-conservative ranks.
But Pelosi's allies have been quietly approaching fellow Democrats, seeking support for her to continue as the party's leader. After her announcement Friday, Hoyer and Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) each signaled their interest in running for the No. 2 post.
Pelosi has no challenger at the moment, making her the clear favorite to win in a caucus that is more liberal after Tuesday's losses. She needs just a bare majority to become minority leader. However, frustration with her tough leadership style cuts across all ideological ranks of the caucus, and most insiders expect that she will face some opposition in the secret ballot likely to be held the week of Nov. 15.
On Friday, Republicans were practically giddy at Pelosi's announcement.