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House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (C) arrives for a lunch meeting with Democratic House members  in the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
We haven't done a series of leadership polls in a while, so here we go:

Do you approve of the way House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is doing her job?

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Do you approve of the way House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing her job?

84%7315 votes
9%820 votes
5%455 votes

| 8613 votes | Vote | Results

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Comment Preferences

  •  I want a do you support (4+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, ontheleftcoast, ZedMont, Sylv

    The Menendez-Schumer-Kirk Iran sanctions bill poll kos! =)

    •  PS: I put undecided for this (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      I just don't know enough of what Pelosi is doing in the House as minority leader to make an informed decision. The only data point I have was her taking credit in Foreign Policy magazine for rallying Democratic support in the House in favor of the NSA. That's not really a positive for me.

  •  Oh to hear, "Madame Speaker", again in 2015. n/t (8+ / 0-)

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:34:33 PM PST

  •  I dislike Pelosi. I find her to be a sell-out. (14+ / 0-)

    I'd have to vote for her if I lived in her district, but I really think she has other interests--rather than mine--as priorities especially in committee. Sorry. Flame me if you like.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:36:06 PM PST

    •  One could say that about the Democratic party (7+ / 0-)

      as a whole. Not enough Warrens, Sanders, or Graysons and too many fighting for the status quo, at least economically if not socially. Can't we have a party that's left on more than human rights issues? Or at least get one that recognizes the environment, jobs, fair wages, and more are human rights and would fight for them as well?

      There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:41:43 PM PST

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      •  Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, not a Democrat, (3+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast, NonnyO, Albanius

        though he caucuses with the Dems in the Senate. Just sayin'.

        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

        by commonmass on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:51:37 PM PST

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        •  and the best "Democrat" of them all (2+ / 0-)
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          NonnyO, commonmass

          just sayin :)

          That one has a D next to their name means less than those who actually represent the 99%, rather than the 1%.

          There is no better than Sanders in congress IMO.

          For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan to Dover AF mortuary, "God bless the cause of "The Good War" for which they died" - As if any war can be called Good in its 13th year, America's longest war.

          by allenjo on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:45:26 PM PST

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        •  Bernie Sanders is the BEST of the lot (1+ / 0-)
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          commonmass

          The man is worth his weight in gold, IMHO.  He's the ONE politician whose hand I'd be proud to shake.  I'd give much to have 99 more like him.  I'm on his mailing list, so I get all his Bernie Buzz newsletters (most of which end up on DK as diaries).

          If Bernie ever decided to run for president, he'd have my vote.

          Alan Grayson in the House is pretty good, but he hasn't been in Congress long enough to be taken seriously - yet.  He does say most of the right things, so if he keeps this up, I could envision voting for him for prez at some point.  He needs to acquire more political chops.

          I really am sick and tired of naive politicians who are elected to offices for which their inexperience then makes them fail We The People.

          While I didn't agree with LBJs war, he did finish some of JFKs work and LBJ had been in the Senate long enough to be able to throw his weight around and get a few good things done when he was prez.

          We need someone with that kind of moxy in office - someone (like Bernie) who has higher ethical, moral, and honorable standards who can get us back on the right track after all the years of disastrous errors.

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:42:41 PM PST

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      •  Well Hell ontheleftcoast (3+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast, commonmass, NonnyO

        I don't think we have done all that well on human rights either as a party.

        ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

        by glitterscale on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:53:27 PM PST

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      •  And someone who will at LEAST... (2+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast, commonmass

        ... abide by the oath of office to uphold our Constitution and laws.

        For starters.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:44:37 PM PST

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    •  No flames! But I have to say that the mere idea (4+ / 0-)

      of having Nancy Pelosi even share this planet with them sends some of my relatives into fits of spittle-flinging rabies and if she were to regain the gavel, well, it would be so, so delicious to drink their tears.

           

      "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock." Attributed to T. Jefferson

      by koosah on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:45:53 PM PST

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    •  She's too old. (3+ / 0-)
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      NonnyO, Be Skeptical, commonmass

      And not just age-wise, she's been around too long.  Not very popular either.

      The party would definitely benefit from new leadership.

    •  She IS a sell-out and she betrayed We The People (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      I posted this last night in an open thread after watching the video I linked to where William Binney flatly stated that the reason Pelosi took impeachment off the table for Dumbya is because Pelosi, as a member of the Gang of Eight, signed on to allowing warrantless wiretapping, and impeaching Dumbya would mean she would have had to be impeached, too, as one of those who signed on to the unconstitutional scheme.  That's the first time in all these years anyone ever stated anything that sounded logical for WHY Pelosi "took impeachment off the table."

      I've said it before, I'll likely say it again: I will NEVER forgive Pelosi for taking impeachment off the table, and I will NEVER forgive Pelosi for allowing FISA fiasco '08 to be brought back from the dead to be passed so telecoms that spied on us without warrants could be let off without anyone being tried for their crimes and their unconstitutional actions.

      I will NEVER forgive ANY of the senators and representatives who sold us all down the river by forcing Medicare Part D under Dumbya and Obamacare on us to the enrichment of insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical corporations.

      I will NEVER forgive any of our legislators who took our rights and habeas corpus away from us with the Patriot Act, MCA '06, and MCA '09, invaded our privacy with all of those plus FISA fiasco '08, got us involved with two illegal and unconstitutional wars, one against a little gang of criminals, one by invasion of a sovereign nation that was never a threat to us, as well as those who incessantly, illegally, and unconstitutionally keep extending the deadlines for these same unconstitutional pieces of shite.

      IF these same Cretinous Congress Critters want us to START forgiving them, they have to repeal those idiocies IN FULL (not just fix a paragraph here or there), plus they'll have to kick ALL corporations OUT of government.

      All that's just for starters to try to win our forgiveness.  There are other things, too, but repealing all of this unconstitutional crap would be a good start so we can move on to getting other things repealed and fix the damage done by breaking our laws, our treaties, and not abiding by the US Constitution and Bill of Rights....

      Oh, and it wouldn't hurt any of us if some of these traitors and sell-outs resigned their offices, went back to their home districts to "spend more time with their families," STFU, and were never heard from again.  They have illegally and unconstitutionally betrayed every one of us, and they've done enough damage for several lifetimes.  They don't deserve to be remembered in history.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:26:14 PM PST

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  •  I understand that the minority party (4+ / 0-)

    is severely handicapped when it comes to the House agenda.

    But still, at what point can we ask if the House Dems should be putting more pressure on Boehner - on ENDA, on the UEC, and on that blasted omnibus budget, for example?

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:37:13 PM PST

    •  Correction (1+ / 0-)
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      sweatyb

      The minority party in the house is completely handicapped when it comes to the agenda. There are utterly powerless.

      Pelosi's job as Minority Leader is to be make the Dems the Majority. If she does that, she's a success; if she doesn't, she's a failure.

      Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

      by Pi Li on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:28:02 PM PST

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  •  "Embrace the suck" (5+ / 0-)

    indeed

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:43:07 PM PST

  •  Embrace the SUCK (7+ / 0-)

    The line above (reference here hints at why I'm not that fond of Pelosi.

    Her support of chained CPI and her shameless about-face to support Simpson-Bowles showed that she is willing to sacrifice her principles to support what the president and the party's donors want.  Her whipping the caucus against Amash-Conyers also soured me on her. As did her idiotic decision to keep Steve Israel as head of the DCCC. (He had one job in 2012: to win back the House. He failed. So he should be out. End stop.)

    Pelosi is far better than Steny Hoyer and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, two party elites who seem to want the speaker's gavel in the future. But that doesn't mean I'm thrilled with how she's done her job as Minority Leader.  

    •  Pelosi betrayed We The People (0+ / 0-)

      ... and violated her oath of office:

      The Constitution is worth it only if we can succeed.
        ~ Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 2 July 2007, regarding the proposal to bring impeachment proceedings against Dumbya & Dickie.
      http://www.democrats.com/...
      Listen to what William Binney had to say about Pelosi's involvement with the Gang of Eight and why she "took impeachment off the table."

      I think Pelosi should retire, go home to CA to spend time baking cookies with her grandkids, and never be heard from again.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:56:33 PM PST

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  •  It feels to me that she has given up way (1+ / 0-)
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    commonmass

    too much to the repubs with food stamps and unemployment BUT she has had to do a rear guard action due to the rules of the house.

    ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

    by glitterscale on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:51:57 PM PST

  •  probably can't edit the poll now without (0+ / 0-)

    resetting the results, but she isn't the Speaker right now (unfortunately)....

    You WANT me on that server! You NEED me on that server!

    by nota bene on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:56:59 PM PST

  •  Embrace the suck says it all for me. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO
  •  I prefer playing rock paper scissors to polls (0+ / 0-)

    Can we play kos


    I think clowns wear makeup just to get my attention. Actually, I’m more of the big shoe type.

    by glb3 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:58:03 PM PST

  •  Pelosi (0+ / 0-)

    jettisons ballast


    I think clowns wear makeup just to get my attention. Actually, I’m more of the big shoe type.

    by glb3 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:05:38 PM PST

  •  He. Can we get a consensus description of (0+ / 0-)

    her job, first. I suspect that some of the disagreement shown by the results may stem from different views in that regard.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:08:12 PM PST

  •  Hopeful poll is hopeful (0+ / 0-)

    "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi"?

    In 2015, perhaps.

    1. Books are for use.

    by looty on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:21:49 PM PST

  •  She's better than any Republican... (0+ / 0-)

    I was so encouraged when she said that no budget deal that did not extend SNAP and EUC would pass the House. I was stunned when she then voted for a deal without either, and did not even attempt to add a rider. As one of those she threw under the bus, I have absolutely no motivation to help her get the Speakership back. In fact, the easiest way the Democratic Party can convince me to vote Green in November is if she is still minority leader. She and the rest of the Democratic leadership can change my mind by actually getting SNAP and EUC restored, but they've already thrown away their best bargaining chip.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:40:49 PM PST

  •  I wish I could approve of HOUSE SPEAKER Pelosi (0+ / 0-)

    a wishful thinking typo?

    If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

    by pholkiephred on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 02:33:29 PM PST

  •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

    So if I read this right, large percentage of Kos readers do not mind that Nancy is willing to give in to any grand bargain that comes along.

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