Pelosi: Democratic plans still on track despite 'mogul'
September 15th, 2011
12:55 PM ET
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Pelosi: Democratic plans still on track despite 'mogul'

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday brushed off the two special election losses Democrats suffered on Tuesday, saying the party was still on track with plans to regain control of the House of Representatives next fall.

"It does not alter our plan for taking back the House," Pelosi said, when asked about the GOP upset in a traditionally Democratic district in New York, and the wide margin the Republican received over the Democratic candidate in Nevada.

Republican Rep. Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Rep. Dave Weprin in New York and Republican Rep. Mark Amodei defeated Kate Marshall in Nevada in elections Tuesday to fill two vacant seats. Both were sworn-in on the House floor on Thursday by House Speaker John Boehner.

Pelosi, using a skiing analogy, compared the twin losses to "a mogul," telling reporters, "a mogul is a bump – you plant your pole and you go faster down to your goal."

Taking an alternative view than many of her Democratic colleagues who worried the House losses signaled a broader backlash to the president's agenda, the Democratic Leader said Tuesday's results helped her party. "It was a good day," Pelosi explained, because "other people realized we really have to buckle down in order to win."

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  1. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    It is downright SCARY that somebody this delusional holds an office that high in government. Take a look at Nancy Pelosi America. People like THAT is why this country is in the mess it is in. Clueless, out of touch and delusional. THIS is why the Democrats need to be removed from office. They have simply lost touch with reality.

    September 15, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Rickster

    "(Pelosi) said Tuesday's results helped her party. "It was a good day," Pelosi explained, because "other people realized we really have to buckle down in order to win."
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    lol...wow, what a delusional loon.

    September 15, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Inmyopinion

    Pelosi is so melodramatic, of course, with all those millions to her name she can be as melodramatic as she wants to be and she can repeat her cliches over and over again and as usual money is power which Pelosi has lots of power.

    September 15, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. diridi

    I advise, fire all NLRB, and raise interest rates....I think it is the time....then Banks will lend....things keep moving...focus on Manufacturing at home, and Green Energy....o.k, Oil independence is a must on agenda....good luck lady....none is trustworthy in GOP nor Tea....all thugs...

    September 15, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. California Conservative

    Pelosi is clearly delusional.

    The referendum on Obama and this administration continues.....................

    September 15, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The wins do not have significance the media is trying to create. The NV race was simply *not* an upset. The NY race went to the candidate endorsed by former NYC mayor Ed Koch, who is still probably the single most influential voice for the American jewish voter. Koch has never liked Obama at all. He was a Hillary supporter in 2008.

    September 15, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Inmyopinion

    Of course people are voting in Republicans and getting away from Democrats, they are tired of democrat politicians speaking empty words, speaking dreams that never become reality, getting caught up in their motiviational speeches, the hype and at the end of the day these politicians continue to be very rich, very wealthy regardless of the economy while voters' financial situations only get worst and the speeches they believed in were only speeches afterall. 3 years of unemployment getting worst and Obama keeps promising it will get better if he gets a chance to make it better.

    September 15, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Greg

    Of course it didn't alter your plan, it just made it clear that your plan is unpopular, and likely to fail. Democrats are losing seats because they are losing voters. It really is that simple. Gallup and Pew studies show that the liberal political ideology is in decline. Combine that with the current economy, and the stage is set for fiscal conservatives to gain more and more ground.

    September 15, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Atlanta Independent Voters

    Pelosi thanks for setting the record straight. I know my independent voters friends are going to vote the teabaggars out the office.

    Biden/Obama 2012 Independent voters for jobs

    September 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. james Miller

    The Demos need to grow a set of cahones. Stand up for their beliefs, just like the misguided right-wing Teabagger/ Repubs are doing. --– Lock the Gov`t down if necessary, just like they are getting away with. -- Hell !!!! the Repub H of R hasn`t managed to do anything except block everything that will help the middle class.-- I say they all need to be sent packing.

    September 15, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. TEA PARTY Mike

    What is your plan Pelosi?
    Brag about passing a budget that increased spending by 600 billion from the last Bush budget and comes with a CBO scoring of nearly trillion dollar annual deficits for the next decade? Oops, a majority of voters did not want the only budget you had the guts to pass to be passed. Democrats voted for it and Republicans against it.
    Brag about passing Obamacare? Oops, a majority of voters don't want it and Democrats voted for it and Republicans voted against it.
    Brag about passing the first stimulus? Oops, a majority of voters did not want it and it has failed to deliver as promised. Democrats voted for it and Republicans against it.
    Brag about passing Cap and Trade? Oops, a majority of voters did not want the House to pass it. Democrats voted for it and Republicans against it.
    Support Obama's second stimulus? Oops, early polling shows it is not supported by a majority of voters.
    Go ahead and try and take back the House based on your record Pelosi, remind the voters what you have done for them.

    September 15, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Kay

    At least she dresses well....

    September 15, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    A (sadly) late co-worker of mine who grew up in Brooklyn and Queens in the 1950's used to like to tell a story about a poll a local newspaper (he never said which one) ran that asked people on the street to name the most evil man in all of human history. The results? Hitler took the number one spot; Stalin was number two. And number three? The guy who moved the Dodgers to Los Angeles. Most evil. Ever. Since the beginning of time.

    His point was that even in a cosmopolitan place like New York people can be pretty provincial. I think that's what happened with the NY9 election - that and a not very good Democratic candidate. Canned salmon when the people were looking for fresh mackerel. I can only hope the Queens Democratic Committee learns from this, and moves forward.

    September 15, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Dan

    Maybe if politicians spent more time working for the public and less time trying to "win" politics, our country wouldn't be in a tailspin of failure right now.

    September 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |