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Itís Looking Like Speaker or Nothing for Pelosi ( Goodbye Nancy....ROFL!)
CQ-Roll Call ^ | Oct. 27, 2010 Ė 12:36 a.m. | By Kathleen Hunter, CQ-Roll Call

Posted on 10/27/2010 4:01:28 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Democrats on Capitol Hill and K Street are increasingly convinced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have little interest in being Minority Leader — and may start preparing to leave Congress altogether — if Republicans win the House next week.

Pelosi and her allies adamantly refuse to entertain questions about a possible Democratic minority. But Democratic sources say they have a hard time imagining the 70-year-old, independently wealthy California Democrat would want to return to the less-powerful post that she held for four years before becoming Speaker in 2007, particularly after having spent the past four years driving the Congressional agenda.

Should Republicans sweep into power on Nov. 2, the pivotal question that some Democrats have begun contemplating is one of timing: Does Pelosi step aside immediately, or does she stick around for a few months as Minority Leader to help smooth the transition to her successor? Both scenarios assume Pelosi heads for the exits within a few weeks or months.

“It’s pretty clear that what she does is just leave,” said a former House leadership aide who now works downtown. The Democrat had no direct knowledge of Pelosi’s plans but predicted she would probably resign from Congress in fairly short order. “Once you’ve been Speaker of the House, why would she just want to be a Member of Congress?”

Pelosi’s predecessor, former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), opted not to run for Minority Leader when Republicans lost the House in 2006; he resigned from Congress slightly more than a year later, on Nov. 26, 2007, after fading into obscurity.

But Pelosi’s backers think that while Republicans could get by without Hastert at the helm, Democrats would have a harder time functioning without Pelosi: They point to her hands-on leadership style and her near-unmatched fundraising ability.

Still, one Democratic lobbyist with ties to members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition said: “If the losses are as big as projected, I just don’t see how she hangs on. ... She’s been a very active, very powerful Speaker, and I just have a hard time seeing her going back to being a rank-and-file Member.”

And no one thinks Pelosi has designs on the Senate or White House, unlike former Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), who kept his House seat for two years after having abandoned his leadership post, in large part because he was mounting a presidential bid.

Still, Erik Smith, a Democratic strategist and former top Gephardt aide, speculated that Pelosi still might do a short stint as a rank-and-file Member to figure out her next career move and line up a hometown successor.

“It certainly puts less strain on your district ... and also gives you some breathing room to go make some decisions on some long-term plans,” Smith said.

The last Democratic Speaker to preside immediately in advance of a Republican takeover, Rep. Tom Foley (D-Wash.), didn’t have to decide whether to stay in leadership: He was one of casualties of the 1994 GOP rout.

Pelosi won’t even discuss the possibility of Democrats losing the House or address questions about what she would do if they did. Democratic sources say that even privately Pelosi’s advisers will not entertain the subject.

Pressed last week in a television interview about what her role might be if the GOP takes the House, Pelosi disputed the premise of the question, telling PBS’ Charlie Rose that she and other Democrats were “moving forward with our eyes on the prize ... and we’re not thinking in terms of what if. ... I intend to win.”

Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami echoed that sentiment Monday, saying, “The Speaker’s focus is on Democrats winning the election and retaining the majority, which we will.”

But the prevailing view among those outside Pelosi’s inner circle is that her tenure as Democratic leader would, by her own choice, be short-lived if her party ends up back in the minority.

One Democratic leadership aide predicted that Pelosi would stay on, perhaps for a few months at most, as Minority Leader “to make sure — whoever takes over as leader — that there’s a smooth transition to that person.” The aide added that Pelosi “probably would prefer to leave on her timetable,” rather than succumb to any immediate pressure to step aside in the wake of a Congressional power change.

The aide predicted Pelosi’s first step would be to consult her Caucus before deciding whether to serve as Minority Leader for any length of time.

Should she want to stay in leadership, Pelosi would likely have a lock on the post, even though a handful of Blue Dogs have said they would not support her again as Speaker. Among them is Rep. Gene Taylor , who — like many of his colleagues — has been trying to distance himself from Pelosi and other Democratic leaders this cycle. The Mississippi Democrat has said he would prefer Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) as Speaker in the 112th Congress, and in a Saturday article in the Biloxi Sun Herald, touted his vote for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as president.

Pelosi would have some time to decide what to do. The House is not slated to return until Nov. 15, and although Democratic leaders appear to be eyeing leadership elections later that week, aides say those could be delayed if needed.

Some Democrats caution that Pelosi’s approach hinges — in the words of one Democratic lobbyist — on whether “this is a wave or this is a tsunami.” If Republicans seize a narrow majority, Pelosi could have more of an incentive to stay in leadership, perhaps in part to lay the groundwork for winning back the House in 2012.

If Democrats find themselves within striking distance of reclaiming the majority, “the Democratic Caucus may demand she stay put,” the former House Democratic leadership staffer said.

But if Democrats suffer heavier losses, Members may turn to the Caucus’ No. 2, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), to unify them.

Although Hoyer is considered the most likely candidate to lead House Democrats if Pelosi bows out, he could face a challenge from one of the Caucus’ ambitious junior Members. While none has suggested any interest in the Minority Leader post, possible contenders could include Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Conference Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) or DCCC Vice Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), aides and strategists say.

“There would probably be a handful of people who would take a look at it,” the aide said. “It could turn into a free-for-all.”


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To: davisfh

I cannot imagine that she would allow herself to be filmed while handing over her gavel. It will be done in private or she will take suddenly ill and someone else will stand in for her. Don’t get me wrong I would LOVE to watch her face while she gave up her royal throne (and her gavel) but I think she will back out like the cowardly scum bag she is.


41 posted on 10/27/2010 4:54:14 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: RayChuang88

Same here. That, and more.


42 posted on 10/27/2010 4:59:59 PM PDT by butterdezillion (.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

43 posted on 10/27/2010 5:00:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
...particularly after having spent the past four years driving the Congressional agenda. America into the ground.

Sorry, I HAD to fix that.

44 posted on 10/27/2010 5:03:44 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami echoed that sentiment Monday, saying, “The Speaker’s focus is on Democrats winning the election and retaining the majority, which we will.”

I wonder what he’s smoking.


45 posted on 10/27/2010 5:04:50 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Irenic
Make her fly home in coach ****************************** YES!

Make her use her broom.

46 posted on 10/27/2010 5:31:55 PM PDT by UpInArms (without failure there's no success only slavery)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...

[old joke from the future] “Pelosi always asked people, ‘do you want me to continue as Speaker of the House, or what?’ And because everyone was so hard of hearing, they always said, ‘what’.”


47 posted on 10/27/2010 5:41:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

All Tea Partiers should assemble on the Capital Steps when she hands over her gavel and sing, “Dong Dong, the Witch is Dead”.


48 posted on 10/27/2010 5:43:52 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’d like to see how Nancy looks in orange....Just sayin.


49 posted on 10/27/2010 5:46:46 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Does Pelosi step aside immediately, or does she stick around for a few months as Minority Leader to help smooth the transition to her successor?

She will stay until the last possible second as Speaker. This will be so that she can orchestrate passage of every piece of legislation imaginable to destroy this county before she is dragged kicking and screaming away from the lectern.

50 posted on 10/27/2010 5:53:39 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

LOL! You are still thinking of the time-travel thread, aren’t you, SC.


51 posted on 10/27/2010 6:03:50 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Botox B!tch will try to steal a gubmint plane when she resigns to go back to San Fran Freako.

Mark my words.


52 posted on 10/27/2010 6:49:28 PM PDT by Babu
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To: wally_bert
Back of a Greyhound Bus with a route detour in Alaska.

Thanks a lot. What do you have against Alaska?

53 posted on 10/27/2010 7:12:28 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: okie01; All
I just want to see the expression on her face when she hands the gavel over to the new speaker. I’m convinced that video will be the all-time favorite on YouTube.

Do you really think she'll be available for this cereemony?

"Betcha Steny Hoyer gets pressed into service for this particular task."


54 posted on 10/27/2010 7:37:51 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman
Nancy's purse

That...is...hilarious!

55 posted on 10/27/2010 7:43:21 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
former Minority Leader Dick Gephardt

Ah yes, Garp D!?khead. I completely was able to forget about him.

56 posted on 10/27/2010 8:03:24 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: okie01
Do you really think she'll be available for this cereemony?

I just don't see it happening from this vain, pompous witch. Wonder if she would be the first to not show up to pass the gavel.

57 posted on 10/27/2010 8:16:31 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Na卐i Peloϟϟi is toast.
58 posted on 10/27/2010 8:18:26 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Frankly, I think if she resigns so quickly after being elected, just shows that it was never about her constituents but always about HER. Really tacky, sore loser stuff.

Besides I would love to see her go thru a full term of flying commercial after losing her military jet.


59 posted on 10/27/2010 8:25:04 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I want Pelosis head on a stick. She thinks she is going to walk,after helping pull off ‘’THE BIGGEST CRIME EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” I don’t think so-


60 posted on 10/27/2010 8:37:25 PM PDT by watchdogmom
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