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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  1. Bingo

    I do not think I have ever witnessed a more deluded public figure as is Speaker Pelosi. It was not unemployment that led to the massive Democratic defeats in November. It was their arrogant attitude that they know better than the American voters what is good for the American people. The election results were a clear rejection of the policies of Speaker Pelosi's Congress (including the massive flawed Health Care Reform Act), a repudiation of the growth of big government and profligate spending, and a thorough disgust with the corrupt process by which Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid rammed unpopular legislation through Congress. We have to pass the bill before we can find out what's in it? Just how stupid and gullible does Speaker Pelosi think the American voters are? The conditions that caused the Democrats to revert to the minority party in the House were not the fault of President Bush, they were conditions that came about under Speaker Pelosi's tenure and are directly attributable to her own arrogance and ignorance of the American mainstream voters..

    January 6, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. nannygranny

    surely the democrats did not expect the rep. to be willing to work out our problems and get the work done ? this has become a "GOTCHA " building of complete liars and "DO NOTHING " clowns.THERES NOT ONE HONEST POLITICIAN IN THIS COUNTRY ,FOLKS !! Wake up,its a stage play and we are the fools that watch the play.THE WORDS NEVER change,go to C-SPAN or C-SPAN2 and listen to them.Its the biggest joke ON THE AMERICAN VOTERS you will ever hear.DEMS> in power ;the rep.whine and cry over how they are treated,they can`t get anything brought to the floor. OKAY,REP. in power ; DEMS; whine and cry over how they are treated,can`t get anything brought to the floor. THEY WILL NEVER WORK TOGETHER,WE WILL NEVER SEE A SOLUTION ON ANY PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS THE PEOPLE THEY "SUPPOSEABLY" REPRESENT.While your child gets sicker because you can not afford health care,remember what they do now as they try to take away any hope we have for help.Remember who gets the tax cuts and who has to pay more.YOU BETTER BELIEVE ITS CLASS WARFARE,we go to the back door,they go through the front door.These people are not very smart,they are just liars and con artists and we have been HAD !!! GOTCHA !!!

    January 6, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. keithincanada

    what a great lady. I hope one day she considers trying for the President's office, maybe even facing off against Palin for the position...

    January 6, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. Chris

    Sounds like sour grapes to me. Is she sticking to Obamacare like the rest of us?

    January 6, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. roro

    You go get 'em, Nancy. Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites, who have ALREADY broken several of their "pledges" to the American people. And the Weeper of the House is nothing but a bagman for the rich. Can you imagine all the checks he'll be handing out on the House floor now?

    January 6, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. Robert

    OMG – the creator of hypocrisy speaks.........please – give me a break!

    January 6, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. Paul ny

    Republicans are crooks , and Democrats are too spineless to stand up for themselves. They are all a waste of time.

    January 6, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. Terry P

    Pelosi needs to get in her broom and fly away. She is responsible for the Dems losing the House.

    January 6, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  9. Davindh

    Hmm... destine to lose due to the economy... Just like the crap policies that clinton created that finally fell apart on Bush's watch? The woman is a cancer to her own party and a discredit to her gender.

    January 6, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. todd

    yes this means you nancy turn in your planes and all your little perks that came with!! Oh by the way Big daddy john put your plane on EBAY, off to san fran you go, and know one cares!!!

    January 7, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  11. moderate

    Just because members of Congress want to sign up for the health care program offered by their employer, i.e. the federal government, doesn't make them hypocrites for voting against the Health Care Reform Bill. Anyone who works for the federal government should be entitled to the federal government's healthcare plan. My father did, serving 20 years in the military. If you want federal health care, work for the federal government and take adavantage of their benefits. I work in the private sector, and I have private sector health insurance.

    January 7, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  12. david

    Give 'em hell, Nancy!

    January 7, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  13. Debi

    Nancy, you hit it right on the nail! YOU GO GIRL!!!!

    January 7, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  14. Jon

    It's not enough to call Republicans hypocrites. You really need a new word: supocrites (super hypocrites). Republican administrations caused our huge national debt with numerous tax cuts (not paid for), increased spending (not paid for), botched and inadvisable wars (not paid for), recessions caused by their incessant push for deregulation and their grotesque mismanagement of the economy – yet it hasn't stopped them from blaming Democrats for the deficits they caused themselves. John McCain – the guy who now says he never really was a maverick – called it massive intergenerational theft. That's sort of like Bernie Madoff accusing others of dishonesty.

    Then there's John Boehner weeping as he pleaded for the House to pass TARP. Fast forward to the 2010 campaign, when Boehner repeatedly berated TARP. Supocrites.

    January 7, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  15. Bill

    Where are the 400,000 new jobs Pelosi claimed would be created as soon as Obamacare passed?

    January 7, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  16. mat

    Congress' health care package is not the same as gov't funded/universal healthcare. It is employer based coverage, no different than if you were a manager at WalMart. It's just that in this case the employer is the federal government. It's not hypocrisy because private citizens don't work for the federal gov't. Also, their coverage is not an entitlement, it only lasts as long as their employed.

    January 7, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  17. drlaxslax

    Take your medicine, Nancy; it's time for bed, hun.

    A hypocrite calling someone a hypocrite is hypocitical..and somewhat redundant...

    January 7, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. Aaron

    She's right on the money with her assessment of the Repubs. The only shocking thing is that she is apparently still loyal to Obama after she worked furiously to install his agenda, then he abandoned any support of her when the Repubs made her out to be the villainess of the House.

    January 7, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  19. Mike

    My God Pelosi, give me a break... you seriously going with the "its Bushes fault" speech again?

    January 7, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  20. Scott

    Pelosi, more liberal progressive spin. Going to work fir the government and geting health care ON THE job is quite different than wanting to repeal Obumacare. You're the hypocrite, as always, Pelosi!!!

    January 7, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  21. T Taylor

    She is the reason the Democrats lost and she still doesn't get it. She would like to tax 2% of the population to reduce the deficit ....instead of reducing government spendng. The only jobs she and Obama have created are government jobs which are unnecessary and have huge lifecycle costs. They continue to blame Bush for everything and while he certainly made mistakes, they haven't done anything to correct them hence they lost the election. If we learened anything from the last 8 years its vote the party in with the best philosophy for the country and hope they can govern....the Democrats can't do either. Let's hope the republicans nominate a sound leader and get the country back on track.

    January 7, 2011 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  22. js007

    Pelosi is right – these two-faced liars campaign on taking away health care from the poor and the middle class (read: the typical Tea Party voter) and then turn around and take the cushiest health plan available – the one that politicians get from the GOVERNMENT. It is the "Ive got mine now screw everyone else" patriotic thinking at its finest.

    January 7, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  23. 66Biker

    "It's about President Obama being re-elected; it's about Democrats talking back control of the House."

    No, it's not. That is what **you** think it's about. But American tax payers and voters think it's about doing the job you were elected to do but failed to do. If you had done it you wouldn't have lost the election.

    January 7, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  24. A bit bitter, aren't we?

    Pelosi is very bitter that she lost her position as Speaker. As the first woman speaker, she did a terrible job. From her comments, she is a bitter old woman who is bent on seeking personal power. This crap about being for the American people is just that... crap. She blamed 9.5 percent unemployment on Bush. Well, she was Speaker since 2006, and democrats were in control of Congress for the last two years of Bush's presidency. Anything that contributed to the problems we faced today were done by both Democrats and Republicans because bills had to be passed by bipartisan support. Bush may have signed the bills into law, but Democrats, along with Republicans helped to pass those laws in Congress. Bitter old woman = Pelosi.

    January 7, 2011 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  25. JS

    talk about inconsistency – which is it, they couldn't sign up fast enough, or maybe they won't sign up for it... I'm confused.

    January 7, 2011 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
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