November 5th, 2010
11:23 AM ET
12 years ago

Boren calls for Pelosi replacement

(CNN) - Rep. Dan Boren, a conservative Democrat from Oklahoma, says he wants outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi replaced as the leader of House Democrats.

“I cannot in good conscience support Nancy Pelosi as Leader. I intend to support a more conservative Democrat alternative," he said in a statement.

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Richard

    The Democrats do not stand for conservatism and it is not their mission to push that agenda. Boren is the anomaly not Pelsosi. The Democrats have been given a free house cleaning compliments of FOX and the boys and the last thing they need to do is listen to a "concern troll" like Boren. Note he used the term "Democrat alternative" ..right out of the GOP play book.
    Let us now teh GOP'ers say: cannot the GOP find a candidate to run against Boren in is, after all, Oklahoma!
    I noted quite a few folks arguing against GOP'er talking points in this thread. Consider the source will make your day better.

    November 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Bryan

    We didn't lose this election because Democrats were too socialist, too far left, too whatever. We lost because we didn't push what we promised. Change. Health care reform was unpopular because it didn't go far enough and was too hard for people to understand. If we had just said "Medicare for All" it would be the law of the land. We need to keep fighting for the progressive values that can start to undo the damage done by 8 years of Bush/Cheney.

    Nancy, you are a class act. Stay on as Dem leader.

    November 5, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Pat

    If Dems want MILLIONS of swing voters back, here's what you MUST DO.
    1). Kick out ILLEGALS (not LEGALS)
    Untill you do, I VOTE REPUBLICAN.
    ps. I've been registered and voted Dems including Obama for 25 years, but I'm DONE GIVING AWAY MY COUNTRY.

    November 5, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. The Deuce

    Idiots like Dan Boren are why I did NOT contribute to the Democratic Party this election cycle. If he wants to be a Republican, by all means, change parties. If he wants to be a Democrat, then act like one. Stick with Pelosi, who has more balls than Dan Boren wishes he had.

    November 5, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Ron

    What's in the healthcare bill? Well first we must pass the bill before you can see what's in it. Translation, you people really aren't intelligent enough to you will just have to trust us.
    Pelosi is an evil egotistical idiot!!

    November 5, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Kyle

    Nancy Pelosi and the other ultra liberals are dangerous to the nation. ...their biggest supporters are foreigners. Don't let yourself be brainwashed by their nonsense

    November 5, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. bumasuna

    Boren is a tool for the GOPee-ers. what makes him different from any garden-variety Republican I can't say.

    November 5, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Nick

    I can't wait for the rest of the Blue Dogs to get the boot from Congress. Hopefully Pelosi sticks to her convictions and runs.

    November 5, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. jbird

    I thought we threw a lot of blue dogs out(as we SHOULD have). This guy is as good as a fossil now. So I agree. Who cares about what this obstructionist thinks?!

    November 5, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. roy elkins

    God have mercy on america.if they dont pray to the lord god.we dont need any of them..

    November 5, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. MMF - USMC

    Why is it that when Dem's lose something they become so bitter and vengeful?

    The vote this week indicated a vector correction in this nation and it WILL take both parties to make those corrections. With that, and the history of Pelosi and Reid's unwillingness to work with members in the Congress and Senate (from both parties) to develop "middle of the road" solutions, she should be replaced. Afterall, if you weren't meeting the expectations of your boss (i.e. American Voters), then you should be replaced.

    Obama is the one man, who is suppose to generate a bi-partisan solution to our problems. Not the far left agenda he and Pelosi are crammin' down our throats. His comments before the election, "get in the back seat" along with his speech on Wednesday indicate he still doesn't get it! I want him to be my President and coordinate solutions rather than divisiveness in our gov't, our nation, and with our allies. In the words of our previous President, he needs to be a "uniter rather than a divider".

    In our numbers, we are powerful and a creative people, and we need that from our elected officials. We need that, Unification, more than ever in our current history. We are a changing country, in a changing world, which requires dynamic thinking from a United people. I have hope for this country, and with this election it shows the people of this country are paying attention. Please listen Mr President, Mrs Pelosi and Mr well as Mr Boehner. We need to be one people, one country, one voice, and one United Stares.

    November 5, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. inofritzn

    Please don't step aside Pelosi. You, Reid and Obama are doing more to save conservatism then anyone!

    November 5, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "If Pelosi is so LIBERAL – we would have had the PUBLIC OPTION in the Health Care Reform Bill!!!"

    Couple of things of note here. First, the house bill that Pelosi passed did have the "public option"... so check your facts. For no reason other than to save her political skin, she threw that under the bus when she agreed to pass the senate version. I digress... Having said that, your statement implies that the "public option" is a "liberal" position. After all, that's YOUR CASE and YOUR POINT (ugh)... right? So really then, your statement flies in the face of the arguement that the "public option" would increase competition (because the 1300 existing companies don't compete, they really need 1301 for competition to exist, right?), because, after all, free-market based principals are boogey-men and therefore are by definition not liberal positions. So you see, your statement reallt makes no sense whatsoever. Don't fret... we've become used to sheer partisan ideology and nonsense when we read your posts.

    November 5, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. MMF - USMC

    Yes, I'm an active duty Marine...voted absentee ballott since 1989. I still think, with all the problems we have in this country, they pale in comparison with 90-95% of the world. We are a blessed country, and I still think it's the best country in the world that affords opportunities for all people...with hard work, determination and could do anything they wish!

    November 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. aberfoyle

    The wealthy earned their money. Anyone can get out, work hard, and become wealthy. Except in a case of mental or physical dissability. Keep the government out of my pocket. Get off of welfare and get a job. I work to gain wealth not support scum.

    November 5, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. louise

    Continue your fight Nancy for the middle class........Give the tan man hell, don't let him ram policies thru for the rich and big corupt companies, wall street, insurance co., people wake up......did you not see the health stocks rise abruptly...Boren your trying much too hard not to be a democrat, we don't need you.

    November 5, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. marty

    Which of these egotistical, often pretentious members of Congress have the guts to admit that they cannot and do not want to have a female in such an authoritative position. They do not want a woman or an African American telling them what to do in any way, shape ,or form. They would probably pass laws which would say no to abortion but yea to Viagra.

    November 5, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. NameTrouble

    As an independent voter I have to say the dems have no shot at my vote with her as a figure head. She represents the most extreme left and the dems need to move to the center or it will be one and done for Obama. Independent voters clearly are not swinging that way. And to hear some of the dems bragging that only the blue dogs lost makes me even more nervous because it says only the craziest of crazy are left! I don't want the crazy religious right running things either. Work together people. Compromise.

    November 5, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Jaime

    To remove her would not really suit any purpose. No matter who is put in, unless they are Glenn Beck, if there is a D after their name, Fox News will go about villifying them repeating it over and over until it becomes reality. The Republican News channel villified the world LIBERAL for heaven's sake. Liberal derive from LIBERTY. It does not matter who the democrats run, the republicans will use fear and lies to tarnish the name of whoever they deem as their opponent. Want proof?

    200 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY INDIA TRIP!!! It is a complete lie. A fabrication that went unchecked and unverified and repeated over and over in right wing media. It is a lie to feed a narrative to corral all those who lack a mental filter into fearing the demorats so that they vote against their economic interests.

    But hey, conservadems want more power too, so let them make their case.

    November 5, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. The Real Nate

    As usual Sniffit is right on the money

    November 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Bob

    I give Speaker Pelosi a lot of credit for the courage and leadership she demonstrated in fighting for what she believed was right even when it was not politically expedient. In the wake of Tuesday's historic loss, however, I believe the right thing for her to do is to step down and throw her support behind someone who shares her values but can rally the more conservative members of the party as well.

    November 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. paul

    how comical that there are actually people who think Nancy did a good job!! I have never laughed so hard in my life.....oh, and if did not check of late, a CNN poll at end of September had her with a WHOPPING approval rating of 19%!!!! I think thats high.....

    November 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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