November 2nd, 2010
10:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Begala: Congratulations to Republicans – and to Nancy Pelosi

Editor's note: The hotly contested campaign for the midterm elections is over. As the results come in, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

Good manners compels me to congratulate the GOP on what looks to be a historic victory. And I would be remiss if I did not recognize the historic speakership of Nancy Pelosi.

America's first female speaker has left some big (metaphorical) high heels to fill. She put the House on the side of working families. If there were a Mount Rushmore for speakers, she would be on it. Look at her historic accomplishments:

The Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act for women, credit card reform, student loan reform, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which tripled AmeriCorps, Cash for Clunkers, the Clean Energy & Security Act, the American Recovry and Reinvestment Act, and most important, fundamental health care reform. The political winds have shifted against her, but the light of history will shine favorably upon her.

Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and counselor to Clinton in the White House.

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  1. Brian W

    now if only any of those things were good, she would be considered a good speaker

    November 2, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Kevin A

    yeah, she rammed this stuff down our throat, now the american people have responded

    November 2, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. William R

    Are you kidding here!?!?!...she is an Ameircan nightmare...history will show she was one mid term electin from being Hitler in heels!!!! Thank God our forefathers set our system up in such a way that a fraud like Pelosi is unable to go unchecked...Obama will look back and wish she nor Rahm Emanual had ever existed because they doomed this guy to a one termer!!!

    November 2, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. Ln

    I'll never forget her words about the massive government takeover of healthcare..."You'll have to vote for it to see what's in it." That brand of liberalism will not be missed.

    November 2, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. x30

    "… Now that you've succeeded in getting Nancy Pelosi FIRED." hee hee hee... Love how Megyn just comes out and says it.

    November 3, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. Rachel T

    Are you kidding me Paul ....really....she is horrible and that is being generous!

    November 3, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |