UPDATE: The Hill has more on her reelection:
Despite the party’s drubbing in the midterm elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will remain the Democratic leader in the next Congress.
Members of the caucus voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make Pelosi minority leader, brushing aside a challenge by Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), a Blue Dog Democrat who says Pelosi’s controversial public image and low approval ratings are a liability to Democrats looking ahead to 2012.
The tally was 150-43.
Read the whole thing to see just how clueless is the unhappy Barney Frank. That career politician “asserted that Pelosi had ‘virtually nothing’ to do with the poor election outcome for Democrats.” I’m trying to figure out just why so many people think this man is so smart. Yeah, he is pretty clever, but his comments show that he’s little more than a lickspittle for his party’s leader, basically just a hack with a reputation for smarts.
UP-UPDATE: I’m indebted to one of our readers for reminding me of the above. In a comment to a recent post, tom swift weighed in on the mean-spirited Massachusetts Democrat:
What I always considered most loathsome about the guy was that he was obviously pretty smart, but he never let that stand in his way. He has always been one of the most slavishly sycophantic devotees of the liberal fads of the day, even the most absurd and disastrous ones. If he’s going to act and vote the same as the stupidest person in the legislature, what’s the point? I expect – no, demand – that an intelligent man use his gifts. Barney simply doesn’t pass the test.
As always, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.