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VIDEO-- Nancy Pelosi: Dems can win the House. Oh, and she's totally into Hillary.


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pelosi on winning back the House

If Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were to become Speaker again, the House will finally pass a bill. And not just "a" bill, but a bill or three that would actually help this country instead of doing what the GOP does, and create gridlock in order to make President Obama look bad.

When she was Speaker, here's what was accomplished in two years:

accomplishments under Obama Pelosi

Since John Boehner became Speaker? Nada. Zero. Zip:

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Now The Hill is reporting that Nancy Pelosi is optimistic that Democrats will "of course" gain seats and may regain control of the House:

In a sit-down interview in her office in the Capitol, the House minority leader stopped short of predicting that Democrats would regain the lower chamber in the 2014 midterm elections, but she had no hesitation in saying what she would use a majority for. [...]

[S]he vowed her party would “of course” pick up seats next year. It is the first time Pelosi has guaranteed that Democrats will cut into the GOP’s majority. [...]

And although the odds are stacked against Democrats taking back the House, the shutdown has boosted Democratic hopes.

“I’ve changed my prediction … from, ‘We’re working to win the House’ to ‘We can win the House,’ ” Pelosi said.

One of her priorities would be a bill that would significantly expand federal childcare benefits.

And per the Hill, Pelosi "can barely disguise her delight at the thought of a Hillary Clinton White House. It would align the first female president with the Democrats’ women’s empowerment agenda." In fact, she even hinted that she might endorse Hillz.

Pelosi on Hillary Clinton

Let's just win the House first, okay? Okay.


Message to Obama: "Stop being afraid of offending anybody for having a liberal and fair agenda"


To amend my previous post about the outcome of the recent primary elections, here are a couple of L.A. Times letters to the editor:

Election says it all

Re "Voters shake things up for both parties," May 19

After months of pundits in newspapers and on TV telling us how the "tea partyers" were going to flex their muscles and take back the Senate and the House and throw out all of the Democrats, the first big "test" Tuesday proved the opposite.

Yes, they could boast about their one victory in Kentucky with Rand Paul's GOP primary win, but Kentucky has already proved itself to be a conservative state. The election was really about throwing out the corrupt or do-nothing politicians who only get elected to get reelected.

It's time for President Obama to speak clearly to the American people and stop being afraid of offending anybody for having a liberal and fair agenda for the middle class.


The most important election result Tuesday was the one few people noticed: The Democrats easily held on to the late John Murtha's House seat in conservative western Pennsylvania.

There will be no revolution come November.

Of course, nobody is saying the Democrats will coast to big wins in November, but these primaries did put a dent in the spin.

As for the message to President Obama, that was the first thing that came to mind after the returns were in, and it also made the rounds in the Twitterverse. I hope he's listening.


GOP is put on notice


For a few days now, I've listened to all the talk about anti-incumbent fever and how the elections proved voters were so over the establishment.

However, while I listened, I kept wanting the talking heads to point out that there can be desirable incumbents as well as those who deserved to be kicked out. If they're going to make blanket statements that all incumbents must go, that ignores those who have done a good job. I happen to want Barbara Boxer to continue to be my senator.

The L.A. Times addresses the other meme that grated on me this week: Republicans have momentum, Democrats are toast. Not necessarily...

Yo! Rushpublics! Watch your backs:

Republicans got a wake-up call this week.

For months, the GOP has been buoyed by the notion that 2010 will be a big year, delivering control of the House and perhaps even the Senate in November. But Tuesday's election results — arguably the best campaign day for Democrats since President Obama's victory in 2008 — suggest the climb back to a majority may be steeper than Republicans thought.


Nobody is saying that it will be easy for Democrats, but predictions of their demise were a little premature.

Probably the most significant outcome, however, was the Democratic victory in a special House race in rural Pennsylvania. The district — anti-abortion, gun-loving, wary of Washington — is precisely the sort of place Republicans need to prevail to win back the House.

But Democrat Mark Critz, running on a parochial platform of job creation, easily defeated GOP businessman Tim Burns, who sought to turn the contest into a referendum on Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).

Ding ding!

"This should not have been rocket science," said nonpartisan election handicapper Charles Cook. "How can you win 40 if you can't even focus on one and get it done?" [...]

"The Republicans test-drove their strategy for November and crashed," said Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "They believe in using the boogeyman of President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rally their voters, and that failed."

Ding ding ding!

Yesterday, somebody in comments accused TPC of panicking because Rand Paul beat his opponent. I guess they missed the part where we were celebrating not only his victory (L.A. Times: "Democrats drew their preferred opponent in state 'tea party' founder Rand Paul"), but our own. Sweetening the pot was the leftward shift in favor of more progressive candidates.

That's the kind of panic we like.