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No, Nancy, Democrats Lost Because of Your Policies

From the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire:

“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.”

Always looking for someone else to blame, are we, Nancy?  Well, it does seem par for the course for your party.  Does seem that you guys are always looking for excuses when the answer should be obvious to anyone to who can read election returns and exits polls.  To paraphrase an expression from one of your party’s political operatives:

It’s the big-government policies, stupid.

Why is it that Democrats are always trying to find excuses for their losses?   Why do they never consider that their policies may be to blame?

RELATED:  “Yeah, when the right-thinking folks get it wrong,” Glenn Reynolds quips, “it’s never their fault.”



  1. Why is it that Democrats are always trying to find excuses for their losses? Why do they never consider that their policies may be to blame?


    The ability to deal with you problem requires that you first admit that you have a problem.

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 12, 2010 @ 12:21 pm - November 12, 2010

  2. Why is it that Democrats are always trying to find excuses for their losses? Why do they never consider that their policies may be to blame?

    the answer is simple Dan. they believe they are absolutely right.
    and when a person believes this they can’t be wrong thus blame must be other than themselves.
    and because of this righteousness anyone who opposes them are stupid and ignorant.

    Comment by The Griper — November 12, 2010 @ 12:28 pm - November 12, 2010

  3. The simple answer is that any hard-core Democrat partisan–especially one who holds elective office–is usually so committed to their left-wing ideology and worldview that they are incapable of the sort of reflection that would give them a different perspective on the world. (The phrase “True Believer” comes to mind, in Eric Hoffer’s sense, but I’m only familiar with that book by its title and its reputation, so I’m a bit cautious about saying that it applies, though I suspect it does.)

    Comment by Kurt — November 12, 2010 @ 12:35 pm - November 12, 2010

  4. She is partially correct in attributing the loss to high unemployment. The electorate sent her a message that they blame high employment on Democratic policies. She simply didn’t connect the next dot. 😉

    Comment by Neptune — November 12, 2010 @ 12:35 pm - November 12, 2010

  5. “$100 million of outside, unidentified funding.”

    Said the harridan who called back Congress from recess to allocate $26 Billion of taxpayer money to bail out unionized public employees… who promptly laundered the money back into Democrat campaign coffers.

    Comment by V the K — November 12, 2010 @ 12:43 pm - November 12, 2010

  6. “It’s the big-government policies, stupid.”

    No Dan, with respect, “It’s the Party, stupid”. Democrats lost the election, whether they were moderate, conservative, blue dawgers or liberal hatchet men like FLA’s 8th District Al Grayson. Some of the biggest, narrowly escaped (gReid) and some of the loudest (Frank) were literally shaking in their boots in the week before E Day 2010.

    “It’s the Party, stupid”. That’s the take away message.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 12, 2010 @ 12:44 pm - November 12, 2010

  7. The Dems in Congress should blame her not only for her policies but the lack thereof. The high handed way in which she controlled the House, ¨Vote now, read the bill later.¨ Sixty six seats lost and she wants to hold on to the gavel? The lady has got balls! Newt Gingrich lost twelve seats in two election cycles, was canned, and told by his collegues it was all his fault.

    Comment by Roberto — November 12, 2010 @ 1:45 pm - November 12, 2010

  8. Hell, they blamed the people of Florida, among many, for losing in 2000. Nevermind that 95% of us could figure out a butterfly ballot.

    Then they blamed all the “stupid southerners” in the South and Mid-West in 2004. Never mind they ran the most pathetic SOB since Dukakis and Benny from LA Law as his running mate.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 12, 2010 @ 1:58 pm - November 12, 2010

  9. “It’s the Party, stupid”. – Sorry, no indeed, “It’s the big-government policies, stupid.”

    Rubio and Boehner got it right: The Republicans, after being part of the problem of cancerous, out-of-control growth in government especially and most recently under Bush 43, are only being given a “second chance” by Indepedents / Tea Partiers. Republicans still have to prove themselves worthy, by actually cutting government this time. This election cycle was, as one wag put it, far more of a ‘restraining order’ on the Democrats than an endorsement of the Republicans.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 12, 2010 @ 2:04 pm - November 12, 2010

  10. (Sidebar: I got curious as to who originated that ‘restraining order’ line. Looks like P.J. O’Rourke, in a terrific, if heated, pre-election column knocking the Democrats:

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 12, 2010 @ 2:19 pm - November 12, 2010

  11. Yes, it was the policies, but it was partly that old authoritarian crone.

    Comment by American Elephant — November 12, 2010 @ 3:09 pm - November 12, 2010

  12. Help! We’re being held hostage by Utopians!

    They’re threatening to burn down the entire building if we don’t give them what they want! (Liberal Jihad?)

    Comment by gastorgrab — November 12, 2010 @ 3:20 pm - November 12, 2010

  13. Isn’t it amazing how outraged Dems are at “outside funding” sources, when the Messiah himself raised over $200 million from fishy online contributions?

    For the millionth time, do as I say, not as I do. (memo to media, only investigate republicans)

    Comment by Tim — November 12, 2010 @ 4:11 pm - November 12, 2010

  14. Pelosi also said that the Republicans targeted her because she is so effective — which I’ll grant her. She pushed through a whole bunch of stuff Republicans hate. But at the same time, she refuses to acknowledge that her effectiveness in passing her deeply unpopular policies is the same reason polls show Americans almost universally hate her.

    Comment by American Elephant — November 12, 2010 @ 7:16 pm - November 12, 2010

  15. If Pelosi is so proud of her record, why does she only mention ObamaCare in one sentence in her USA Today editorial? She knows ObamaCare is poison; otherwise, she would have devoted at least a paragraph to ObamaCare. She did not. She did no better explaining Porkulus & the Student Loan takeover. She knows she walking on thin ice with we the people. What Nancy doesn’t know that below the ice are predators ready to consume her. Her denial will make that much more sweet when the ice cracks underneath her feet.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 13, 2010 @ 9:45 am - November 13, 2010

  16. Clearly, the little people have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

    Clearly, the little people must be herded and paid to vote for the proper candidates.

    Clearly, this election was the result of Fox News dominating the airwaves and lying to the little people is such a way that ACORN and SEIU could not intercept them before great damage was done.

    Nancy is so right it almost goes without saying. You have to experience Utopia before you will know what’s in it. There are so many “free thinking” little people that they have become dangerous. They must be stopped and their votes must be nullified by sufficient proper votes discovered after the polls close.

    Let us never forget the words of Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is the little people.” There is a thin blue line that runs from city to city. That is where the voters of conscience and merit live, The vast sea of red fly-over America must be stopped at the city’s edge.

    Rally around Nancy and fight for the right to bring social justice from the top down. Every man, woman and child of any sort or origin deserves equal everything. Cross the line. Down with equal opportunity! The dawn of equal outcome is upon us. Get on board or be crushed by the wheels of social justice, progress and the Nancy Express.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 13, 2010 @ 9:52 am - November 13, 2010

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  18. Speaking of finding excuses for losses, I’d love to hear Dan’s excuses for these losses — three tea party candidates who made a point to follow Dan’s advice and avoid social issues altogether, despite holding mainstream opinions that are closer to the majority of Americans, were defeated on social issues.

    The right can pretend social issues dont matter. The left never will. And Republicans hold majority opinions on everything from abortion to gay marriage, so the only thing we do by ignoring the issues is ignore issues that a majority agree with us on, ignore issues that are important to huge sections of the electorate, and allow Democrats to dishonestly define us.

    As Politico notes, a LOSING strategy:

    Buck told the Denver Post this week that social issues were a key reason for his defeat, explaining: “It was part of their effort to focus more on their version of Ken Buck rather than the issues that I thought most voters were concerned about. I don’t know that there’s any way to avoid it; I wasn’t going to derail my message to have an election decided on abortion, or any social issue, for that matter.”

    A similar campaign unfolded in Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pummeled Republican challenger Sharron Angle for opposing abortion in all cases — and in particular, for telling an interviewer who asked about abortion in the case of a rape that some women were able to turn “what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.” Reid won women voters by 11 percentage points and nearly tied Angle among men, losing by just 2 points…

    In California, Planned Parenthood sent out a mailer comparing Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, charging that both “want to make criminals out of women who have abortions and the doctors who perform them” and branding both GOP women “too extreme for California.”

    Democrats motivated their fanatical pro-abortion, white, “progressive” part of their base. Republicans COULD have avoided this with ads or mailers targeted towards the Hispanic and Black parts of the Democrat base which share the conservative opposition to abortion, and perhaps by motivating the conservative base and muting the left by talking about confirming Constitutionalist jurists.

    But one thing is clear. Avoiding social issues was a losing strategy.

    Comment by American Elephant — November 13, 2010 @ 6:30 pm - November 13, 2010

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