The 2010 midterm elections were largely about the job that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Democrats have been doing in running the country the last two years, with huge majorities not seen in decades. The voters gave an absolute ‘thumbs down’ on the House. Unfortunately, Obama and Reid remain to fight another day.
But no matter what else happened, very few people will miss Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
Only for the liberal splinter of the American populace was Pelosi a good Speaker. She must be given credit: the was able to strong arm her caucus into passing a ridiculous liberal agenda that will damage the country for years to come. Whether it be the Stimulus, Obamacare, or a multitude of other bad policy initiatives, Pelosi was able to get her way for the past two years, often over even the objections of Obama and Reid.
Pelosi was also quite inept on many issues. None stood out more than her relationship with the CIA. In May 2009, Pelosi was accused of knowing about the specifics of the CIA interrogation plan from the very beginning. Records would later verify that this was, in fact, the case. But Pelosi, who had staked her reputation on fighting virtually all of the Bush-era anti-terrorism policies, instead tried to blame every but herself. In a press conference on May 2009 is one of the great ‘deer in the headlight’ video events ever by a politician.
Pelosi had a stark inability to work with anyone who disagreed with her. In that, she was a perfect example of someone who was a good majority/minority leader, because she could keep her caucus together, while at the same time an extremely poor Speaker. The great Speakers of the House were those that could unite the body to some common purpose. Even compared to divisive names like Newt Gingrich, Pelosi’s ability to ostracize the minority stood out.
It showed in her national appeal. Pelosi has a national approval of 9%…NINE PERCENT. There are probably mass murderers with similar approval ratings. The midterm elections were as much about disfavor of Obama’s policies as it was about dislike of Nancy Pelosi. She became the poster child of bad liberal government.
After what has to be one of the longest goodbye speeches in the long history of the House of Representatives, Pelosi finally turned the gavel over to Speaker of the House John Boehner. It is Beohner’s job not to unite the conservatives, and push through much needed policies to fix the damage that Pelosi and her minions created over the past four years.
Goodbye Ms. Pelosi…the country is better off without you in the Speaker’s chair.