May 13th, 2010
04:12 PM ET
12 years ago

There's no question there's an anti-incumbent mood, Pelosi says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplayed Thursday the anti-incumbent mood around the country."]Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, acknowledged Thursday that there is an anti-Washington sentiment in the country, but downplayed any impact the public's mood would have on Democrats in this November's midterm elections.

"There's no question, there's, at this point, an anti-incumbent mood," the leading House Democrat said during her weekly news conference. "But I have confidence that my members know how to speak, communicate with their districts, and I wouldn't tell them to do anything less than work as hard as they possibly can, assume nothing, but don't be dragged down by assumptions that may or may not apply to them."

But House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, pointed to the House Democrats' lack of progress on an annual budget as evidence that they are ignoring the public's frustration with those in charge of Congress.

"The American people are deeply concerned about Washington Democrats' out-of-control spending spree. And quite frankly, it's just scaring the hell out of them," Boehner said during his weekly press appearance.

The leading House Republican argued that this sentiment will help the GOP's efforts to win back control of the House. And Boehner maintained that 100 seats are in play this November - more than double the amount Republicans would need to take become the majority.

"It really begins with regaining the trust of the American people. They've pretty well decided at this point that the Democrat spending spree here in Washington is hopeless, and so they're giving us a second shot." Boehner said.

In a week where two incumbent members of Congress lost their bids for re-election, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday shows Americans' opinion of Washington is low. When asked if they "trust the government in Washington," almost a third said they "almost never" do and 44 percent said they do "only some of the time."

Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, a 14-term incumbent and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, lost his primary battle Tuesday to Democratic State Sen. Mike Oliverio. On Saturday, Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah lost his bid for a fourth term after failing to get enough votes at the GOP state convention to compete in the primary.

Pelosi noted Mollohan's loss was to another Democrat, but said when it comes to politics, "I take nothing for granted." But the Speaker argued that the battle for control of Congress will be decided one race at a time, not based on a national mood, and vowed Democrats will have the resources to compete in the fall.

Filed under: 2010 • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Maria H-Miami

    Wow, she just figured that out.

    May 13, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    ...Dream on, Pelosi. My familiy and I plan to make unseating our Democratic congressman our summer activity.... of course, part of that is, thanks to Obama, we can't afford a vacation....

    May 13, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    The anti-incumbent mood is being fueled by Roger Ailes, Fox and all his minions. They are so desperate to regain control of the House and Senate, they have spent the time since they lost power doing everything they can to make President Obama and our country fail.

    Think, people! Use your heads, study the issues and learn what your Senators and Representatives have and have not done for your state.

    If you like what they're doing, vote for them.

    If you don't like what they're doing, find another candidate who you think would be better, and vote for them.

    I'm voting for my US Senator who's up for re-election because he is doing a great job for my state.

    Only an idiot would vote out their Senators and Representatives, simply because they're incumbents.

    May 13, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Republicans, under Bush, almost destroy the country, and then refuse to help the democrats fix it. They represent 30% of the population and say they speak for the majority Americans. Republicans are led by Fox's Dr. Evil Murdoch, Mini-me Beck and Fat Bastard Hannity, as well as Rush Lardbottom. I cannot imagine how they think they are going to get elected in November.

    May 13, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Seth

    It won't be assumptions that drag down the Democrats in November.

    It will be the drip.. drip... drip... in the Democratic bucket of dismay...

    One vote at a time....

    What a celebration there will be when we get rid of Nancy's Crew!!!

    May 13, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Mike

    Republicans who vote like the tax and spend demorats will be purged from DC along with the majority of demorats. Then in 2012 nobamby will be gone also.

    May 13, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. johnnyhouse

    When you have the perks ,courtesy of taxpayers,that this Congress has already stored away ,why would you worry? Voters should make sure that the career politicians are over with.We have made this mess ourselves by letting Congress do as they please.We should have the same health care plan these people have, or do some of you think their status in life deserves more. This election will decide if the country survives.Half the people can not keep the other half up. We have to get people off their rumps and working.We need to be picking our own fruit and vegetables and control our borders even if it means less liberal voters.

    May 13, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. db

    and she's a big reason why

    May 13, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Republicans think the majority of Americans buy into Toxic Conservative Manure (TCM) and Bigot Enhanced Neo-conservatism. (BEN)

    May 13, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Jim

    Hey, John...

    Better take another look. Every day that the economy improves, and every day closer to pulling our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan that we get, and every shout of "No!" from your party, people are reminded how badly you mis-managed our country. Delude yourself all you want, you won't win control of either house. And if you continue to play partisan, block everything games, the people will kick you out in 2012. So don't count your chickens before they hatch, and don't forget that you got your butts kicked in 2008 because you thought you would never loose another election. Brace yourself, because the tide will turn before November, and then what will you complain about?

    May 13, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Sgt. USMC

    I guess this is all part of the republican "hope America fails" agenda. They figure if they lose the seats they have, they will gain the seats they don't have and thanks to bush that would be in their favor. Oh well folks, nothing else can surprise me after 8 years of tyranny. They are not done destroying our beautiful country.

    I used to believe in the republican party but after bush, chenney and congress republicans the last year and a half, they have proved to me that they rather see America burn than to see Democrats succeed. What a total disapointment. I was one of the many who believed bush was making America safer but he was sending our brothers and sisters off to die with no purpose. We will see how things will play out but I wouldn't count my chicks...

    May 13, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Chuckster

    Yes, Madam, you are out in November along with the rest of your Socialist Party!! The People wil take back America and end this period of sad politics. Democraps get ready for the ousting, America can no longer afford you!!!! Move to Canada with the other Whimps!!!!

    May 13, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I wish someone would tell Mike that federal taxes are at the lowest rate since 1950. This higher tax crap is a Fox and GOP lie. Obama reduced taxes you nit wit!

    May 13, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Robert

    Only ignorants will believe Boehner. Constituents should or must know that all these problems are thanks to Republicans. If the White House agenda does not move forward is thanks to Who? REPUBLICANS.
    I expect americans to be smart enought to vote them out.
    This is a great country and looking back in history, Republcans mess things up and democrats come to rescue the country. So people google it!!!! the biggest spenders in history are republicans. Democrats come to raise taxes thanks to their mess so they can ballance the budget again

    May 13, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I like the baggers using terms like "purge." It pretty much gives you their mindset.

    May 13, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    My family is bigger than your family, and we will not vote for any republican in November. Rubio is toast.

    May 13, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I believe the GOP is the party of 'purge,' and that is so Stalin like. Are Americans ready to trash the constitution to elect these right wingnuts?

    May 13, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. gt

    nancy will be the main reason of anti incumbent mood,, she was arrogant , didnt want to work with the other side ,, not far left,, good ridence of her gang of fools who ram rods everything stupid down the peoples throat,,,

    May 13, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. john in Cal

    I will in no way ever vote Republican again. they have abused their power over so many years and have harmed this country. They use hate and fear to say that only they can fix the problems that they blame on others, after they created them. Than is a low based mind. A true dishonest mind. Not to be voted in. I'll vote for an independent if I don't like the Democrat. How can anyone vote those lying Republicans in again You want them to finish the job of selling our nation out to the highest bidder like big business? If so then you will be able to see your country fall.

    May 13, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    I'm more afraid of the RepubliKKKans wanting to spill baby spill, and bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.

    They want to kill every living thing on this earth, and nuke every human that has a darker skin.

    I'll vote against republicans, because 8 years of them got us into this mess, and they did nothing to help get us out in he past 18 months – just yelling NO to everything is NOT smart.

    Vote NO to the part of no.

    May 13, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Alban

    I would say its not so much an anti-incumbent mood but an anti-Democrat or RINO incumbent. Can't wait until November.

    May 13, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Wisconsinite

    I sure wish Bone-head Agent Orange would stop trying to speak for "the American people"! You don't speak for HALF of the American people, Bone-head, because in every (fair) poll it consistantly shows that the American people are about evenly divided on how they feel about the President's policies. I really can't stand that arrogant jerk and (at least) HALF of the American people can't stand him either!

    May 13, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Diane - Dallas

    John Boehner and his party of NO are the scary ones! Their sense of entitlement to permanent congressional seats are ALL they care about, not the American people. Typical republican rhetoric! Thanks but NO thanks!!!! Been there, done that!

    May 13, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. ib

    save america: open your eyes; the constitution is already being trashed by your messiah Obama.

    May 13, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. truth

    I supported Democratic for so many years, but now I feel sad that I have lost faith for Democratic. Pelosi and Obama have ruined not only this great country, but also democratic party. I just don't understand why they are doing everything against the will of majority people.

    May 13, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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