Nancy Pelosi Wins House Minority Leader Position
Matt | On 18, Nov 2010
The results are in and it’s no surprise that current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won the top leadership position in the 112th Congress.
Pelosi will take over as House Minority Leader effective January 3. She will essentially switch positions with Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) who will serve as House Speaker since the Republicans control the House now. Pelosi won her new post by a 150-43 vote margin.
Moderates, who for the most part got kicked out of Congress on November 2, are pissed that Pelosi is in the leadership chair once again. They feel like she’s the reason they lost their seats because the GOP painted her as the problem in Congress.
But never fear, Nay-Nay does NOT play when it comes to touting her accomplishments.
“I’m an effective leader.. because we got the job done on health care and Wall Street reform and consumer protection,” Pelosi said.
Well, alrighty then!
Personally, I like Nancy Pelosi. She’s tough, she gets the job done, and I think she takes some tough blows because she’s a woman with power. I would have liked to see more of a leadership shift among Democrats in the next Congress, though. There are more than a few voters who are disenchanted with the way Congress is moving along. We can’t expect different results using the same strategies.
Under Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) will serve as House Minority Whip and the newly-created Assistant Leader, respectively. One, if not both, of those positions are where I would have liked to see more change in leadership. The Democrats in power now seem to not only have a disconnect with the American people on some issues, but with up-and-coming leaders as well.
All three leaders are age 70 and older. So, if the youth vote is so critical to Democrats, then why doesn’t the leadership reflect that? I’m just saying…