Pelosi blasts 'hypocrisy' of new members
January 6th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi blasts 'hypocrisy' of new members

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now part of the minority party in Congress, but don't expect her to be introspective after the November losses.

"I do introspection, I don't do public introspection," Pelosi said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."

But the California Democrat conceded that her party was destined to lose the November elections because of the economy, in spite of their passage of health care and Wall Street reform.

"We still would have lost the election because we had 9 ½ percent unemployment," Pelosi told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "That came from the policies of George W. Bush and the Republican's support for his initiatives."

She was critical of the new members of Congress who campaigned against the health care law and want to repeal it but are eager to sign up for the coverage they receive under the plan as members of Congress.

"That is hypocrisy," Pelosi said.

Though she now holds the title of House minority leader, Pelsoi said Democrats will be back.

"I have been the minority leader before, and I put forth a plan for us to win the House for the American people and we succeeded. I know how to do that and we intend to do that again," Pelosi said. "We'll be back."

When asked if she is confident she will be speaker again in two years she said, "It's not about me. It's not about me. It's about President Obama being re-elected; it's about Democrats taking back control of the House."

Pelosi said it's not up to her to dole out advice to new House Speaker John Boehner, but said she wished him success, which is "more than they wished of me." She also said the next session of Congress is an "opportunity" for Republicans.

"It's an opportunity because I think as the Republicans now are in office with a Democrat in the White House and the American people see that they're here for special interests, as their handmaidens, that they're here for the tax cuts for the wealthy, that's their job creation initiative," Pelosi said.

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soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Rick

    The new Republican majority in the House is about to learn that it's a lot easier to obstruct legislation than it is to govern responsibly. They're also going to learn that every penny spent on domestic needs goes to someone. Government spending stimulates the economy and spending cuts slow it down. Are the Republicans prepared to slow the economy by cutting spending on schools, highways, airports, and hospitals while cutting taxes for billionaires? Good luck with THAT strategy.

    January 6, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. bigdog3233

    John Boehner and his fellow Republicans need to put on a show as they want to prove that they knew what the citzens of the United States want. Wait a few months at most and they will be back sticking it to the middle class and lining their pockets with the wealth's cash. I believe it was just a few years ago when most of the same repubs were driving the economy into the ditch and now they are telling us they are fiscally responsible. We as Americans have a short attention span....................

    January 6, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Heath

    These bitter comments severly impact her credibility. It's hard to take anything that she says seriously. I don't think the Amercian public will respond to such animosity.

    January 6, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. nru

    as a Republican, I do wish to see the names published of those members of congress who do and do not take the federal health insurance offered to members of congress.

    January 6, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Chooch

    It's about time someone spoke up about the blatant hypocrisy and obstructionism by republicans. A little too late however.

    January 6, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  6. Namelarry

    No surprise to me I actually expected it, I just wonder how many times americans will be fooled by republicans

    January 6, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Dr. Sabri Bebawi

    Throughout their modern history, unambiguously since 1980, Republicans have never ceased to startle and fascinate us. They are unbending about spending to serve the American people, but not when it comes to their salaries, bailing out their cronies, or their own lavish life-style. They are obdurate about what they conveniently coin as “too much government,” but they are too swift to regulate what we do in our bedrooms, what women do to their bodies, what citizens should or should not watch, what schools and educators should or should not teach, what books we should or should not read. And now, though they know how we Americans suffer on many levels, most significantly lack of health care, they are already working on taking away the very little that few deserving Americans were able to get. Nothing is more amusing. Eventually the term “Hypocrisy” will surely be synonym to the term “Republican” – a word to which this writer has become severely allergic.

    Dr. Sabri Bebawi

    January 6, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Rick F

    Pelosi is a blithering idiot. She is so absolutely out of touch with reaality that she spews verbal nonsense such as blaming 9 1/2percent unemployment on Bush. Where the heck has she been for the last four years. Sorry dearie, that unemployment happened on YOUR watch. The $13 TRILLION deficit is on YOUR watch and your idol Obama.

    THAT is what you should be introspective about. Try shutting your surgically enhanced face for a while. If the Republicans screw this up then they'll get voted out too. But rest assured, the Democrats as you've known them in the past will NOT be back in two years. The people are fed up with arrogant leadership, and you are the personification of arrogance. The sooner you go back to California for good, the better off this nation will be.

    January 6, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Jreinhal

    Blaming George Bush for the Democrats losing elections in November?? What?

    January 6, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Jennifer NY

    the arrogance of thsi woman is breathtaking. She is so into her power that she is delusional. What a destructive person. I truly wish she would go away. She is doing nothing for the American people.

    January 6, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. jeremies

    Why are Republicans not disclosing their so called "common sense" Healthcare plan? What do they want to replace Obamacare with? I think there is big disconnect here! We need to see what replacement they have.

    January 6, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Tony

    Pelosi is an idiot.......Still blaming Bush.......... even though since she has been speaker and $5 Trillion of new debt later she still wants to blame Bush.........IDIOT!! GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Chipster

    Pelosi makes a good point about health care. Our elected officials enjoy health benefits for life at taxpayer expense – also pensions. Instead of cutting Social Security and Medicare for seniors who paid into the system for decades and received less than $1700 per month in most cases, Congress should be cutting their staff members, dropping life-time pensions for 401K plans and paying for their own health care like the taxpayers must do. We also don't get the opportunity to vote raises for ourselves! Leave Seniors alone – cut Congressional benefits FIRST!

    January 6, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Steve

    Have to agree that Boehner and the other republicans who want to repeal health care should first DECLINE the taxpayer funded health care that gives them and their family lifetime coverage.

    January 6, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. DC Johnny

    Woah woah woah. Here are the Democrats again, playing the "hypocrisy card". It's her fault the Congressional health care plan is the way it is. These people are now employees of Congress and, because of NANCY PELOSI, this is their health care option.

    Same silly argument for how GOP governors are "hypocrites" for accepting federal funding THAT THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS have been forced to pay taxes toward. Again, it's NANCY PELOSI's fault that the funding was awarded, not a GOP governor. For said governor to make a grand gesture of refusing the funding after his own constituents have paid into it... that would be the worst decision a governor could make for the people he represents... to force them to pay taxes toward a wasteful stimulus and see absolutely no return.

    Independents don't buy it, Pelosi. They just don't. Move on. Dot org.

    January 6, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. the real ib

    This woman is so awful it's pathetic. The democrats did the republicans a favor by leaving her as their leader. In 2012 a lot of people will vote against the demo's again because of her just like they did this year.

    January 6, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. jools

    Good Job Nancy – oh, not in congress, you sorta messed up there, but with finally finding a voice – it's all said in that last paragraph – keep it up Nancy and you may get voted back in – my only qualm with having you remain as minority leader is that there has been a void a lack of voice to the democrats for years – when you're up against the lock-step zombie GOP you can't not have a voice – the American peeps need to hear this every single day for the next 2 years – Bring the Pain.

    January 6, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Nancy Pelosi will rise from the ashes and be Speaker of the House again after the 2012 elections. The Republicans will find that it is easier to stand on the side lines with hands in their pockets and just say NO than it is actually to govern as the majority party. The GOP will fail because Tea Party ideologues will not allow for any compromises to the detriment of this country.

    January 6, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. trish

    Pelosi has the lowest approval rating of any elected official in the history of the United States, 8%, how is this shell of a person still even relevant?

    January 6, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. jim

    Nancy Pelosi is the best example of what is wrong with politics.

    January 6, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. twas better than boehner

    She sounds very professional and mature, especially in contrast to the typical republican drivel of: "blah, socialism, blah liberals, blash communism, blah they hate america, blah needz moar tax cuts for the wealthy, blah, blah, blah..."

    Repubs have been promising fiscal responsibility for decades, are they actually going to deliver it for once?

    January 6, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. OutPatient

    Still blamin' everything on George W. Bush, are ya'? What about Andrew Jackson?

    January 6, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. jason L

    This is just nuts. Once again going after parties, for once can Washinton do what's good for the country rather then a party? Maybe the 112th congress can do this. Not saying because the GOP is in control of the house, but more a less just fix the dam problems for once!!!!

    January 6, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Big J

    Who is Nancy Pelosi to call ANYONE a hypocrite? Obviously libtards like her are blind to the fact that you can point one finger at your opposition and still have three more fingers pointing right back at yourself. Idiot.

    January 6, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. BradinOC

    Pelosi sounds like a broken record. Still blaming everything on the previous administration. I guess she forgets the number of years she has been in congress. Maybe if she quit playing politics and actually acted for the good of the american people and not just her party people other than dems and liberals would give a damn about what says and does.

    January 6, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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