Nancy Pelosi: Democrats “Haven’t Gotten Credit” For What They’ve Accomplished

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 04: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attends the Fortune Most Powerful Women summit at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.)

I think she’s wrong. They are getting credit for what they’ve accomplished. They’re on the verge of losing power in one, and maybe both, houses of Congress.

Because the public doesn’t, and never did, want what they accomplished (video here).

Pelosi, in the middle of a tough campaign to defend Democrats’ majority in the House — as well as her own Speakership — seemed to echo a complaint voiced by other Democrats, that obstacles have made it difficult for the party’s message to get through.

“You have all those forces at work, pouring millions of millions of dollars into the media, and now into the campaigns to mischaracterize everything that we did,” Pelosi said in an interview with Politics Daily, video of which was posted Monday. “So that’s that. It’s up to us to go out there. I’m very confident; our members know why they voted for what they did.

“But you’re right, we haven’t really gotten the credit for what we have done, but we will take it to the voters and have a Democratic majority to follow through on it,” the Speaker added.

I think it takes a special kind of arrogance to cram through Congress something like Obamacare over the protests of a majority of the nation’s citizens and then whine about how you’re not getting credit for all the good works you’ve done. And then there’s this flashback video from 2007 that has Pelosi promising at the dawn of new Democrat majorities in Congress to pass no new deficit spending under her term as Speaker:

Just so we’re clear, Pelosi is the 60th Speaker of the House and the almost $5 trillion in deficits she’s presided over are more than the first 57 Speakers presided over combined.

She and her partu most definitely getting credit for that.

I think what’s happened (and I’ve been saying it for years now) is that the Democrats badly misread elections in 2006 and 2008. Those elections weren’t so much pro-Democrat (except perhaps in Obama’s case where voters thought they were voting for “change”) as anti-Republican.

I think Americans have become pretty fed up with both parties, and that the victories Republicans and Democrats have been winning of late are coming not because they’re winning but because Americans are just voting against whoever is in power.

Democrats carried on after 2006 and 2008 as if they had a national mandate for liberalism. Indeed, the media told them the same. Remember that Newsweek cover that said “We’re all socialists now?” They believed that.

But it wasn’t true. Democrats are losing now. And if Republicans come in giving us more of the same, they’ll be losing again after just an election cycle or two. And perhaps if we bounce back and forth long enough, some of the people in power will start to get it.

Rob Port

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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