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. mark

    promising tart to bipartisan cooperation in the seante. guess it will be business as usual – special interst groups, lobbyists, and nothing accomplished. we need a three party system.

    January 7, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  2. mary

    It is not just hypocrisy it is blatant hypocrisy.

    January 7, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  3. Harry

    I couldn't agree more with Nancy for once. She is a horrible corrupt politician, but in this case she is correct. She is by far the less evil and the GOP is showing its hypocrisy. Especially, in the attempted repeal of the Health Care Bill that will cost hundreds of billions more while running on the platform that they want to cut down spending. LOL... so much for the tea party slogan.

    January 7, 2011 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  4. frag

    The Republicans are in for a large dose of reality. They are now forced to actually say what it is in the budget that they want to cut. That will not go down well with the people who stand to lose money. They can no longer just block legislation, use populist slogans, and rant about the Constitution in order to get votes and attention. Time to put your money where your mouth is boys. You made the cake, now eat it.

    January 7, 2011 03:27 am at 3:27 am |

    One can always count on Nancy to blast the GOP and deservedly so.

    January 7, 2011 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  6. BD70

    It is hypocrisy. They want to repeal the health care bill and have those now covered dumped once again. But yet they think nothing of the health care they will get on our tax payer money. Repeal that and see how they feel about health care reform.

    January 7, 2011 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  7. Kirsten

    Wooowwww! Bitter much? She couldn't even PRETEND to be bipartisan? Whatever happened to the saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all"? She just sounded bitter and contrite here. She really missed a opportunity to be "better" the the Republicans and be more civil than most of them were. All she showed was hypocrisy to the highest degree and why Congress under her leadership had the lowest approval rating ever. Way to be all about CHANGE Pelosi. Or was that just a talking point too? Freaking grow up and do your job without pointing fingers at others! Are we still in kindergarten? Seriously?

    January 7, 2011 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  8. R.Williams

    Of course they're hypocrites. They make a big deal about Constitutionality and how everything must relate to the Constitution, but are already ignoring that with the hurried push to repeal the health care law and to empower one of their own to create spending without a committee. And their rhetoric about bills needing to be available and viewable 72 hours before any votes and how debate is necessary are being thrown out the window for this move to railroad, which is what they whined happened to pass the bill in the first place.

    January 7, 2011 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  9. Craig Bell

    I really, really dislike this woman...

    January 7, 2011 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  10. pray

    She so does not understand reality. She was hated and booted and still points backwards. Why is it that liberals have this common dislike of looking forward, are they that blind or is it they fear the future?

    January 7, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  11. Michael

    This article illustrates EXACTLY what is wrong with our Congress. Listen to what Congresswoman Pelosi says, "It's not about me. It's not about me. It's about President Obama being re-elected; it's about Democrats talking back control of the House." This is WRONG. It's not about Obama; It's not about Democrats taking back control; it's about WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA!!! I am an independant voter and I am sickened by the spiteful, finger-pointing, partisan politics going on in Congress. The Democrats want to blame G.W. Bush and Big Business, the Republicans want to blame Obamacare and the Democrat controlled Congress; I DON'T CARE WHO'S FAULT IT IS, JUST FIX IT!!! Between Republicans claiming Democrats are Communists and Obama is a Muslim foreign national and Democrats claiming Republicans are Nazi's and G.W. Bush should be tried for War Crimes this country is tearing itself apart with fear and stupidity. Here's my new slogan for the election year, please Nike don't sue me. "Just Fix It!"

    January 7, 2011 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  12. KILLER

    Very smart lady with chutzpa. She is like a career soldier who worked her way up from the bottom including combat experience.

    January 7, 2011 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  13. Scott

    PLEASE, Ms Pelosi.... Critical of Congressional members who want to repeal Obamacare but are "eager to sign up for the benefits they receive under the plan"...? First of all, members of Congress and the rest of the clan don't have ACCESS to Obamacare because they're exempt. They have their own healthcare plan. It's we, the general masses, who need people like Pelosi to tell us what's best, because we're simply too dumb to make our own decisions, right? Want free healthcare? Join the military. Want to do something good for our country, Ms Pelosi? Go after the Pharmaceutical and healthcare conglomerates who rip us blind. And, for God's sake, take a glance, at least, at big oil's monopoly and their everpresent fuel cost increases. Hey...if AT&T and Microsoft are fair game, so is big oil. Take off your blinders, make some jobs instead of straining them out with your legacy building, and get out of the healthcare business. You don't belong there. See you at the polls 🙂

    January 7, 2011 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  14. Al in Virginia

    Maybe Pelosi should look in a mirror as she threw out more hyprocisy in the years she held the speaker position. Plus she placed this great nation in debt that will take years and years to get out of due to her leadership and to think she was third in line to the presidency.

    January 7, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  15. Joe

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

    That statement is what's wrong with our government. 'It's about' about building and running a country without a
    choking national debt. It's about both parties acting like adults and role models, and making decisions about what is best for our country and it's people.

    January 7, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  16. really

    Thats awesome. Sounds like she's talking the talk, but can she walk the walk?

    January 7, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  17. Rick Douglas

    Hopefully, our new Speaker won't be as divisive and partisan as Congressperson Pelosi. I sincerely hope that the new Congress can stop all the finger-pointing and work together to accomodate the needs of our great country. Under the last 4 years of the Pelosi regime, America has taken a giant step back. The voters voiced their displeasure, changed leadership and are more demanding of congress to work together. Let's all hope that it works.

    January 7, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  18. Dave B

    Spoken like a true politician. Always the fault of the other party, candidate, etc. No politician will ever admit that they are part of the problem. Pelosi is blaming George W. Bush for Democrat losses. I don't think George W Bush was any good either, but the Democrats have been in charge for the past 2 years, and had majority control of Congress before that. I think the Democrats did this to themselves. In my opinion, they all their effort into the healthcare basket (which I am against)and not enough into the economy and jobs basket.

    January 7, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  19. Colonelphoenix

    Not only does Madame Pelosi need to have a physical and mental examination, she is very short sighted in calling anyone a hypocrit. She needs to get her own house in order and quite the lavish spending and undue exercise of power in using Government resources paid for by the taxpayers.

    January 7, 2011 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  20. Jerry

    Isn't this bobble head hypocrite not relevant any longer. Its like the "pot calling the kettle black." An then, just like her boss, she expects the Republicans to reach/work across the aisle.

    She should NOT be talking about hypocrisy as she is the biggest one on the whole planet!

    Yes, I am a life-long Democrat.

    January 7, 2011 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  21. Albo58

    Just like the incoherent ramblings of Jimmy Carter, we don't care what Queen Nan has to say!

    January 7, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  22. jd

    SHe should know, she is the queen of hypocrisy. Love how she downs the Congress health care now. . . they should have to have the same plan as the rest of us. This woman should be no where near DC. . . Thank GOD she is not speaker any more

    January 7, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  23. Natch

    Wow, what a shock! The Democratic Bush Bashing continues! How long will they continue to blame this man? 4 years? 8 years? 16?? 80???
    The reason why you got trashed in the elections, Nancy, is because you failed to realize that getting the economy back on track, and getting people back in the work place, was MORE IMPORTANT than ram-rodding through your pet bills, shoving them down the throats of Americans that polls PROVED did NOT want these bills passed into law!! You continued to push this country deeper and deeper into debt, while Americans wondered if they would ever have a job again.

    And now you have reaped what you have sown, you have been given the reward of your folly.......and STILL you find it easier to blame Bush, than to admit your own short-sightedness. Get a clue, Nancy! GET A CLUE!!

    January 7, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  24. Ain't life strange?

    Job creation initiative... hmmm. Now where did I hear that before? Oh, yea! I remember. That was the stated first order of business for the GOP. Boehner said job creation would be their priority. No one knew his idea of creating jobs was to start the job of killing the health care reform, dismissing their transparency promise, and cutting the amount of deficit reduction. All GOP jobs. The problem is, like always, these jobs aren't going to help the lower 98%.

    January 7, 2011 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  25. Reba

    At least she is telling it like it is, these politicians all have the best health care coverage but keep trying to convince everyone else they shouldn't pay for coverage for the rest of the country, just them! How stupid do we all look? Guess it's bad look what is back in office.

    January 7, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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