November 5th, 2010
06:51 PM ET
12 years ago

From 'Fire Pelosi' to 'Hire Pelosi'

(CNN) - The midterm elections may be over, but the political rhetoric is still alive and well.

A sign went up on the door of the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C., Friday that reads "Hire Pelosi" in large white letters against a red background.

Only a few days ago it was the RNC that used "Fire Pelosi" as a campaign slogan plastered across a traveling bus.

But now that Pelosi is officially running for Minority Leader in the House and the GOP has gained control of the House, Republicans seem to think it's in their best interest for her to remain in control.

"With the elections past, the Republican National Committee has changed a central campaign message," a statement from the RNC said. "No longer will we be pushing a Fire Pelosi message … the RNC has a new message targeted to Congressional Democrats – HIRE PELOSI!"

The Democratic National Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Lynn

    They just can't let it rest can they. In today's world of Bullies, I'd say they are among the worse.

    November 5, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. valwayne

    Nancy Pelosi is the best representative and spokesperson for the extreme Elite left wing agenda that there is. She'll make a great minority leader. Everyone can agree on that. Even the Republicans are happy!!!

    November 5, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    And that reaction by the RNC clearly shows THEIR intention that they'll use any and all excuses not to work with Obama or the democrats, just like they've done for the past two decades. Republicans never change!

    November 5, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    She will go down in history as a strong and effective leader. She certainly has my support.

    November 5, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. 2waystreet

    Although funny..Repubs seem to be more interested in games than actually having a plan. With great power, comes great responsibility.

    November 5, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. Peter

    "Fire Pelosi she's evil". Now, "Hire Pelosi, so she can screw up "the opposition". When will the gradeschool games stop and governing begin? So long as the two party system reigns, this will always be just a stupid game. And the American people lose again. And again. And again.

    November 5, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. Aaron

    At least she promotes causes for the well-being of the majority of Americans not just to ensure that the wealthiest 2% of Americans don't pay taxes and promote their vision of how people should live, but not themselves. The billionaire Koch brothers who fund the Tea Party have really pulled a fast one with the propaganda machine. History will put these corrupt conservativers in the same category as Warren G. Harding and Herbert Hoover.

    November 5, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Frank

    Obama and Pelosi made a major error when they took over. They did not seek criminal indictments against the Republicans that looted this country for 8 long years. They wanted to let bygones be bygones and start anew. Unfortunately, the same criminals who did the looting are still in Congress and trying to smell as sweet as a rose when they actually smell like the skunks they are.

    November 5, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. New Age Independant

    Pelosi is a disaster for the Democrats and the American people know it as well. Democrats won't clean up their party, so it will be left up to the voters once again. It's already looking like another landslide victory for Republicans with the rhetoric spewing from Reid and Pelosi.

    November 6, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  10. Amy

    Nancy Pelosi has been an effective Speaker during the past four years. Democrats should not throw her under the bus. During her four-year tenure the House accomplished much more than the Senate. Democrats and progressives should retain her.

    November 6, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  11. phil

    You will regret your hate of Pelosi when the economy starts to turn around because of this administrations policy. The only reason the republicans won this election is because the american public wants immediate gratification. It takes time to fix the republican's mess they left when Bush left the oval office. Pelosi and this administration are doing the right things and you fear that more than anything.

    November 6, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. Danny

    Be careful what you wish for, RNC.

    November 6, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  13. Dean

    It says quite a lot when either Republicans or Democrats want to 'win' so badly, they cheer for bad things to happen. What does that say about our broken political process?

    November 6, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  14. Tony

    Beautiful! Thank you, Nancy!!!

    November 6, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  15. n

    What do you know. Two days after claiming the house its politics as usual. The Republicans just lied to you America and you bought it. Of course you will buy the lies of the Democrats next cycle.

    November 6, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  16. Just_Me

    I have a bad feeling about this. If she gets majority leader I am afraid the Dems chances in 2012 will be flushed straight down the toilet. I really don't think they stand a snowballs chance in hell of winning if she is in charge – she is too controversial and too many people dislike her. Of course, I have a feeling a lot of people will grow to dislike John Boehner too, which may even things out.

    November 6, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  17. Matt

    This is stupid, and a clear sign that the Republican party is emphasizing politics over getting the job done. If they really wanted to move forward an agenda, they would want a somewhat moderate democrat who would be willing to work with them and strike a compromise on the major issues. Instead, they would rather have a partisan minority leader and get very little accomplished so they can use it as a campaign tool in the next election.

    November 6, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Guy Montag

    Are they mocking her or trying to make amends? I honestly can't tel by this article.

    November 6, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  19. jimH

    Children at play. Would love to see some maturity in DC. Thinking about their own power and not about the country's welfare, as they make plans to undermine the government and prevent the current administration from doing anything helpful to the people in the country. Children.

    November 6, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. Neuroleptic

    Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, do NOT give Pelosi the job.

    We need people in Washington to work together to get things done. Not the constant, never ending bickering, back stabbing and more division among our leaders. Pelosi is one of the reasons I'v lost all faith in the democratic party. And the Republicans practicaly demanding her for the job of minority speaker simply because they KNOW she will cause issues with the running of our government just to make them look better is one of many reasons I'v lost faith in them as well.

    November 6, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. matt

    I wonder what the vipers have up their sleeve.

    November 6, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  22. Eric

    My party embarrasses me. As between Democrat and Republican I'm a Republican - so far. But the snarky tone some insist on taking is a real turn off.

    How much better the party would be if we took the high road. We're appreciative of the electorate's trust, but we know it isn't a mandate to let the limited power go to our heads. We understand the majority of Americans - left, right and center - want us to work cooperatively with those with whom we disagree to get things done. We're not going to view "working together" as meaning "they better do it our way" (a position the Democrats take as well); we're going to look for ways we can compromise and get things done that benefit the nation.

    A party that took that tone - not a weak tone and not backing down, but a tone respectful of the electorate and of the others they have also chosen to represent them - would not only have the best chance of doing the job it was elected to do, but would win hearts and minds as well.

    No, I don't think it will happen. Which is why I will continue to hope for a party with a centrist agenda and will vote for the lesser of two distasteful choices until then.

    November 6, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  23. megan

    That"s right hire Nancy. The gop is scare of you. That"because they can"t control a real smart classy woman like yourself. i know the the gop women wish they had what you have to stand up to those thugs .We stand behind you Nancy. May god bless you always. We the dems love you.

    November 6, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  24. J. Willis

    The Republicans want Pelosi to remain in a position of influence so they can have a high-profile Democrat to blame should their legislative plans fail to do any good for the economy. They know their isn't so much they can do in two years and with only a majority in one chamber. They also know they're going to have a hard time co-opting their 'wild mustang' tea party cousins. Having Pelosi on hand to A.) publicly negotiate on the behalf of the Democrats and B.) draw the ire of the tea party will draw alot of negative press away from the Republican establishment.

    November 6, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  25. Cole

    I'm a long term Democrat but it is time for a change. Obama will have a tough enough time getting re-elected in 2012 without the baggage of Pelosi. Pelosi it is time to take one for the team.

    November 6, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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