Posted on | November 12, 2010 | 6 Comments
At last count, losses for House Democrats appeared to total at least 63 seats, pending absentee ballots in some races and possible recounts in others. Among the defeated Democrats were such long-serving incumbents as Rick Boucher (14 terms, VA-9) and Paul Kanjorski (13 terms, PA-11), who had survived even the 1994 “Contract With America” GOP landslide.
“We didn’t lose the election because of me,” Ms. Pelosi told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Friday morning. “Our members do not accept that.”
Instead, the California Democrat attributes the loss of at least 60 seats to high unemployment and “$100 million of outside, unidentified funding.” . . .
“The reason they had to take me down is because I’ve been effective in fighting special interests in Washington, D.C.,” Ms. Pelosi said, citing the health insurance and financial services industries. “I’m effective. They had to take me out. I’m also the most significant attractor to support for the Democrats.”
“So, I’m not looking back on this,” Ms. Pelosi said. “They asked me to run, I’m running. We don’t let the Republicans choose our leaders, and again, our members understand, they made me a target because I’m effective, politically and policy-wise.”
She’s so “effective,” isn’t she?
Yeah, you’re “effective,” all right. And the effect is a cataclysmic policy disaster for the nation and a political disaster for your party. (Exactly as predicted: “Democrats in the Deathmobile,” American Spectator, March 19, 2010.)
Given that the entire rationale of the Democratic Party is that no one should ever be responsible for their own lives — if you drop out of high school, get hooked on drugs and spawn a brood of impoverished fatherless children, you’re a victim — we should not really be surprised that Nancy Pelosi can’t even take responsibility for leading her party to its worst defeat since 1938.
The Democratic Party is in a ditch, and Nancy Pelosi’s just sittin’ up there, sippin’ on a Slurpee.
UPDATE: Mark Hemingway:
At this point suggesting that Democrats were buried under an avalanche of “outside, unidentified funding” is just an outright lie:
Overall, Democratic candidates in the 63 races that flipped to the GOP had $206.4 million behind them, a tally that includes candidate fundraising and spending by parties and interests. That compares to only $171.7 million for their GOP rivals.
Also, note that Democrats out-raised and outspent Republicans in every category this election cycle.
The Democratic Party doesn’t believe in these right-wing things you call “facts.” Hater!
“In the course of the Obama administration we have seen examples of Democrats in the White House, Congress and across the government pursuing ideological goals that are not only not based on facts and science and argument but actually fly in the face of facts and science and argument.”
Meanwhile, the laughable results of ObamaCare.