Unpopular Pelosi

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Political leaders often pay too much attention to how much they are liked.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California walks past a portrait of her predecessor, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.  Associated Press
Associated Press
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California walks past a portrait of her predecessor, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

In fact, when presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was challenged about Barack Obama's personal popularity at a debate last year, we suggested she should eschew any desire to be liked. A real leader does things that are sometimes unpopular.

At the same time, it may be instructive for a politician to know why he or she isn't liked.

If it's for good reasons, then there's a serious problem. And it would be folly for the politician to ignore it.

Except if you're Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi is trusted by a paltry 24 percent of the U.S. population -- and we're not sure what that 24 percent is thinking.

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the most despised political figures in the country," bluntly writes Politico.com's Glenn Thrush.

"I don't care," she replies.

She should.

The truth is, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives -- third in line to the presidency, head of the House -- is a left-wing extremist who is attempting to foist her values on the whole of the country.

Even House Democrats are rebelling against it, bitterly fighting her attempts to railroad the House into supporting a hasty and dangerous overhaul of the entire U.S. health care industry. They want to wait, to study the issue, to actually read the bill they vote on. Pelosi insists on doing it now and getting her way, no matter what it does to the country.

Democratic consultant Dan Gerstein writes in a recent article for Forbes magazine ("Get rid of Pelosi," July 22) that Pelosi's "hyper" partisanship is actually toxic to the post-partisan vision Barack Obama sold in his presidential campaign.

Nancy Pelosi is despised for very good reasons.

"On Pelosi's watch," writes Gerstein, "Congress screwed up the president's stimulus plan, botched the oversight of the bailouts, rammed through a jerry-rigged, special interest-driven climate-change bill and is now sabotaging the president's top policy priority by producing health care bills that won't reduce health care costs. The level of partisan hostility in the House is arguably worse than any time in the last 20 years."

We don't agree with Gerstein on one point. We think Pelosi should stay right where she is.

The more she does, the more popular conservatism gets!

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/30/09 - 04:03 am
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I think lying about the CIA

I think lying about the CIA and her own personal knowledge of the 'enhanced interrogation tactics' hurt her as well. She said the CIA lied to her, which is against the law by the way, and then had to backtrack on that when everyone started calling for investigations of it. That did it for me. Attacking the CIA agents, WHO I MIGHT ADD CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES, and then changing her story no less than ten times was pretty bad. And it made her out to be a HUGE hypocrite due to her loud blather about the supposed 'torture' (rolling my eyes) of the AQ prisoners. She should go and should have went during Pelosi-O gate.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/30/09 - 05:10 am
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Also, wasn't this the same

Also, wasn't this the same group of people screaming about slowing down the process of invading Iraq and attacking Afghanistan? If something as important as National Security can be slowed why not this Medical stuff? Just asking...

rbk
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rbk 07/30/09 - 05:40 am
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I've said it before and I'll

I've said it before and I'll say it again. She is elected to the congress by one small district in California that is less than two tenths of one percent of the nations population, yet she is allowed to dictate to all the rest of the congress as to what they will vote on. That means she dictates to us all what business will be voted on in Congress and how. The rules need to be changed.

jshiver15
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jshiver15 07/30/09 - 05:51 am
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Brad, you nailed it. It's

Brad, you nailed it. It's her lack of taking responsibility for her mistakes that will be her ultimate political demise.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/30/09 - 06:19 am
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I agree Congress need to be

I agree Congress need to be reformed. They need to be able to vote on more stuff not allow politics to decide even if something makes it to the floor. But, it is funny to watch the ACES point out polls the second time this week and when Cheney and Bush polls dipped they were men of conviction. When dems have low polls they are not following the will of the people. Hypocrisy 101. But Pelosi nor Reid are effective leaders and I will say that as a dem. It's sad the ACES couldn't and wouldn't say that about repubs.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/30/09 - 06:33 am
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Effective leaders? They

Effective leaders? They cannot even get the President's number one promise through the house nor can they get us out of Iraq. I would not say they are effective. Representaive of the Democratic far left base maybe but not effective leaders on the national level.

avidreader
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avidreader 07/30/09 - 06:40 am
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We need a Jimmy Reagan -- a

We need a Jimmy Reagan -- a leader with the savy and determination of Ronald Reagan and the morals of Jimmy Carter. Is it possible to have both? It appears that Pelosi's nose is rapidly growing, and she cannot find any hats that fit.

joehill
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joehill 07/30/09 - 07:10 am
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Peolosi lied about the CIA

Peolosi lied about the CIA misleading the congress? Where have you been BO? Panetta just came out last week and informed that Cheney told them to keep some programs from the congress. Pelosi was vindicated. Snipe at her all you want you bitter right wingers; yeah, it's hard to believe she doesn't care what you think of her... except that your opinions are IRRELEVANT!!

deros
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deros 07/30/09 - 07:22 am
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Joehill get your head out of

Joehill get your head out of the ground.

deros
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deros 07/30/09 - 07:23 am
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Ever heard the term "crazy

Ever heard the term "crazy eyes"...Pelosi's got 'em

ldsmith1
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ldsmith1 07/30/09 - 07:23 am
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Morals of Jimmy Carter? Not

Morals of Jimmy Carter? Not sure about that one Avid. I lost what respect I had for him when he traveled abroad and criticized the sitting President (GWB) during a time of war. He's entitled to his opinion, of course, but that was classless.

opiner
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opiner 07/30/09 - 07:31 am
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joehill, you've fallen for a

joehill, you've fallen for a spin job. All Cheney did was not mention a skull session that was never initiated. He also didn't mention all the trips the CIA didn't take to Mars.

opiner
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opiner 07/30/09 - 07:33 am
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Pelosi epitomizes the typical

Pelosi epitomizes the typical liberal leftist that gains political power. She's wealthy and there's no need for you to be. She'll make ALL of the decisions of how your money and freedom should be spent...and she doesn't care if you like it or not.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/30/09 - 07:33 am
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Brad, i said they are not

Brad, i said they are not effective.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/30/09 - 07:36 am
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Once again, alleged

Once again, alleged conservatives rely on personal attacks. This is part of a continuing effort to distract the public's attention from the conservative movement's intellectual bankruptcy. This is not true conservatism. True conservatism addresses issues of enduring value, not the hatreds and prejudices of the moment.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/30/09 - 07:36 am
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Opiner, I need you to take a

Opiner, I need you to take a week off from AM Radio and Fox News. You just recite their talking points.

opiner
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opiner 07/30/09 - 07:46 am
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concernednative, You drift

concernednative, You drift from reality. It's the difference between us.

ripjones
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ripjones 07/30/09 - 07:58 am
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Nancy Pelosi is a power

Nancy Pelosi is a power hungry witch. She continues to push an agenda that we cannot afford, won't admit when she is wrong, and won't accept the responsibility that her own Democratic pal Barney Frank, got us into the mortgage crisis by his lack of oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/30/09 - 08:10 am
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From 2005-2008 I thought low

From 2005-2008 I thought low poll numbers was a good thing. I thought it meant you had principles and convictions. Oh, I guess I need to turn off my AM radio, Fox News, and stop reading the ACES. Or maybe polls don't matter if your last name is Cheney or Bush. Or is it if you have an R by your name. Jeez, this stuff is too confusing. Who do polls matter for?

justus4
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justus4 07/30/09 - 08:10 am
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The opinion is only wishful
Unpublished

The opinion is only wishful thinking, but distorts the real facts. Speaker Pelosi is doing a great job and representing women in a classy manner. Here is the first myth: The article states, "A real leader does things that are sometimes unpopluar." True, but having extensive training in leadership, my experience says that ANY TIME the mission is difficult, it will be UNPOPULAR. So the Speaker is eaxctly on track with her popularity. Her mission is uphill; Americans are not the brightest bunch; poll numbers will not achieve the mission, to reform health care, climate control, and green jobs. This is big! And just like FDR's creating Social Security which benefitted ALL AMERICANS-excluding the rich-Pelosi is on track to enacting policies that benefits the middle class. U can't govern effectly quoting polls and real leaders are only concerned with the polls of History.

bdittle
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bdittle 07/30/09 - 08:24 am
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"We don't agree with Gerstein

"We don't agree with Gerstein on one point. We think Pelosi should stay right where she is. The more she does, the more popular conservatism gets!" ...wait a minute AC... Is that a blatant admission of your conservative slant? I thought journalist were impartial. Ha ha, just kidding.

Mr.Positive
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Mr.Positive 07/30/09 - 08:29 am
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Nancy Pelosi is a product of

Nancy Pelosi is a product of her crazed California environment, a cesspool of the nation's worst. This poor woman has had so many Botox injections and facial surgery that her brain is screwed up. She is, above all, a proven liar with her attacks on the CIA. I pray each night that this b.... wakes up one day in a Muslim land where she has to wear a burka. As a matter of fact, she should wear one now. I pity her husband, but considering the way things are he probably is just as big an idiot as this woeful woman.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/30/09 - 08:43 am
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Mr.Positive, your name fits

Mr.Positive, your name fits you so well. You are such a positive guy it shows so well in your writings.

rufus
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rufus 07/30/09 - 08:53 am
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I don't know it's a close

I don't know it's a close call but I think I'd take the horse.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/30/09 - 09:17 am
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The real funny thing is that

The real funny thing is that you can take all of these Pelosi comments, remove her name and insert Newt Gingrich; and then it would be the same thing that people were saying before. Quit complaining and being useless.

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 07/30/09 - 09:34 am
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There are no existing parties

There are no existing parties capable or being Public Servants in this great Republic. Our existing marshmallow politicians with wet noodle spines take it as an insult to be called a Public Servant.
Let's Replace all!!!!!!!!

mad_max
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mad_max 07/30/09 - 09:37 am
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Just remember, the state

Just remember, the state Pelosi represents is BROKE because of all the social welfare programs that Pelosi advocates for the rest of the country. Look at California today and see us in 10 years when the bills come due for the stimulus and healthcare. Oh, you might not be aware of it when it happens because you won't be able to afford the electricity to run your TV after Cap and Trade kicks in.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/30/09 - 09:47 am
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JUSTUS, good one...Pelosi
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JUSTUS, good one...Pelosi representing women in a classy manner! Thanks, I needed a good laugh. Next you'll be saying she didn't lie about knowing anything about waterboarding. Go ahead...I could use another laugh. And NIKO, you just claimed that Pelosi is as bad as Gingrich. Was he voted out of office? No, that's right...he resigned. Bet you won't see that from Pelosi. Yep, according to the latest polls, she, Ooobama, and the rest of the Dems are losing points everyday. We'll see some real "change" in the 2010 elections. I'm loving it! Back to work. See y'all later!

opiner
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opiner 07/30/09 - 09:53 am
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Yeah Niko, and the funny

Yeah Niko, and the funny thing is that you can take ALL of the Obama comments and switch the name with a German socialist of the early '30s and you'd have the same thing that has been said before. Complaining can be VERY useful.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 07/30/09 - 09:57 am
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She is just another fruitloop

She is just another fruitloop from Ca...As they say, she wouldn't make a pimple on a leader's [filtered word].

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