Nancy Pelosi: “Elections Shouldn’t Matter As Much As They Do”

An easy attitude to have when you just lost an election. I’m sure she’d feel much differently if she were still Speaker leading a Democrat House majority.

From Mediaite:

To my Republican friends: take back your party. So that it doesn’t matter so much who wins the election, because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, our security and civil liberties, how we respect our seniors. Because there are so many things at risk right now — perhaps in another question I’ll go into them, if you want. But the fact is that elections shouldn’t matter as much as they do…But when it comes to a place where there doesn’t seem to be shared values then that can be problematic for the country, as I think you can see right now.

What Pelosi seems to be arguing for is an ideologically homogeneous Congress than elections that don’t matter. She’s telling Republicans to stop listening to the tea party/conservatives, etc., etc. She wants them to be more like liberals, so that no matter who American vote for – be it Republicans or Democrats – they essentially get the same thing.

Of course, that sort of uniformity of thought is the antithesis of participatory government. We often turn up our noses at “partisanship” and “politics” and the like, but the truth is that pitched political battle is the hallmark of democracy. Politics between elected leaders is how we settle political disagreements in civilized, democratic societies.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Neiman

    Actually, the more divided, the more fights, the greater the ideological divides the better for America. The more they fight each other the less than can do to hurt us. This is American Democracy, it is loud and ugly, a real beast to see in action, but that is what liberty looks like, that is what it is meant to look like. What Comrade Pelosi is suggesting is a Politburo, a one party State, where the Party and the State are one.

    Sorry, Peealotsi I’ll take the mess, the ugly, sometimes mean spirited fight between polar opposites and by the usual votes of the American people, they too like divided government. I cannot say what they new Hispanic America will want in the decades ahead, they seem to agree with Peealotsi, but I hope not, I hope they’ll get used to and prefer the damn mess we have today.

  • sbark

    ……… Politics between elected leaders is how we settle political disagreements in civilized, democratic societies.

    Your statement used to be true, and in that vein the right has compromised away any meaning to the Constitution for the last 80 yrs starting with FDR to the Left……..and now here we sit—Economic Mess.

    At this stage the Left has to be defeated, no compromise, there is no time. When the “market” decides to undo what the left, Rino’s, intellectual elites of Indep and Libertarians have wrought……it will be alot worse than if we work thru the pain and suffering right now…….

    Compromising politics like Boehner has just shown have to be a thing of the past for this country to succeed……we are back to desperatly needing Obama’s policies to fail, not be parially compromised.

    The left has walked ahead 10 steps in the last 2 years, they are more than willing to take 1 step backward, build plausible deniability to catatrophic economic upheavel to the GOP actions, and then take another 10 steps fwd in a few years……

  • borborygmi

    I think that the Founding Fathers set it up perfectly. It allows for a nice peaceful correction when needed. I believe there are a lot more Democratic Senators coming up for reelection this cycle. If the people think a correction is needed it will be done. 06 the Republicans were tossed out in 10 the Dems. The pendulum reached its peak on the left and is coming back down eventually peaking on the right and we can start a new correction. The word ‘mandate’ should be eliminated from a politician’s lexicon.

  • awfulorv

    Ah, Hispanics, or as we in Arizona call them, and are roundly criticized for doing so, illegal Mexicans, what do they want? They seem to prefer Mexico, as they seem always to be singing their homeland’s praises, proudly displaying it’s flag, telling stories of it’s beauty, it’s grandeur, etc. They’re too busy undercutting eligible workers apparently, to read, or hear, of the horrors being inflicted on their native citizenry by the drug cartels. Ah, Mexicans, too proud of their own dysfunctional history to attempt to learn another’s language, mores, and heritage. Ah, Mexico, extant hundreds of years before us, and now, hundreds of years behind us in nearly everything. At the moment the country might be worth sixty cents on the dollar, to a generous buyer, if anyone would want it. And yet Arizona, bitterly, holds them hostage, why? why? Can wages of $12.50 per hour, paid native American workers today, versus $16.50 per hour paid them twenty five years ago, be the only reason? Probably not, but it’s not a bad topic to begin with.

  • BubbaT

    Can we put her in a retirement home yet? Preferably under lock and key. She has clearly lost what little mind she had.

  • Mountainmouth

    Elections should only have consequence if Democrats win –
    Once again dem hypocricy on display

    – Elections have consequences and I won (Barak Obama 2009)

  • Bat One

    It’s astonishing that the Democrats would choose as their leader in Congress someone who says as many really stupid things as Pelosi.

  • Guest

    Elections do matter too much, federal ones that is.

  • DopeyDem

    So botox does cause brain damage.

    • Bat One

      I suppose we should leave it to the imagination what too many face lifts can result in.