On NPR this morning, Renee Montagne interviewed outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the midterm election results. How did Pelosi respond to a softball question about being demonized? Not surprisingly she said the election had nothing to do with her and was all about unemployment:
Transcript via NPR:
MONTAGNE: Getting back to the politics, you have been quite successfully demonized by the Republicans. How are you going to keep that from hurting your party more than it already has?
Rep. PELOSI: Well, let me say this when you say more than it already has. The reason the election results are what they are is because we have nine-and-half percent unemployment in our country. We didn’t lose the election because of me.
In any circumstance when you have nine-and-half percent unemployment, any party that cannot turn that into political gain should hang up the gloves. I said that before the election.
The reason they had to try to take me down is because I’ve been effective in fighting the special interests in Washington, D.C. I’m also the most significant attractor of support for the Democrats. So I’m not looking back on this. They asked me to run. I’m running. And again, our members understand they made me target because I’m effective.
Apparently she never heard about the anti-pelosi platform.