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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:29 PM

Obama predicts Pelosi will be speaker again soon

Source: Washington Post

President Obama predicted Thursday that if Democrats pursue an ambitious agenda, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will soon have the speaker’s gavel back.

“It won’t be smooth, it won’t be simple, there will be frustrations, there will be times when you guys will be mad at me, and I’ll occasionally read about it.” he said. But if they keep focused, he said, ”I would expect that Nancy Pelosi is going to be speaker again pretty soon.”

But the president also appeared to be steeling House Democrats — who are more liberal than their Senate counterparts — for the need to remain open to concessions to moderate Democrats and Republicans not as eager to engage on the two domestic issues likely to dominate his State of the Union address next week — immigration and gun-control.

Obama spoke at a midday session at the annual House Democratic policy retreat, held at the tony Lansdowne Resort outside Leesburg. He addressed the group from his presidential podium in a large ballroom as lawmakers sat at round tables in casual dress.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/02/07/obama-predicts-pelosi-will-be-speaker-again-soon/

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Reply Obama predicts Pelosi will be speaker again soon (Original post)
kpete Feb 2013 OP
msongs Feb 2013 #1
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #16
Liberal_Stalwart71 Feb 2013 #25
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #2
Cha Feb 2013 #13
BlueCaliDem Feb 2013 #21
tridim Feb 2013 #27
kitt6 Feb 2013 #29
Coolest Ranger Feb 2013 #3
iandhr Feb 2013 #4
Coolest Ranger Feb 2013 #9
iandhr Feb 2013 #34
Coolest Ranger Feb 2013 #36
iandhr Feb 2013 #38
Coolest Ranger Feb 2013 #40
GoCubsGo Feb 2013 #5
freshwest Feb 2013 #6
Sherman A1 Feb 2013 #8
freshwest Feb 2013 #11
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #19
freshwest Feb 2013 #20
Ineeda Feb 2013 #23
freshwest Feb 2013 #26
Ineeda Feb 2013 #24
MADem Feb 2013 #41
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #7
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #10
freshwest Feb 2013 #12
FSogol Feb 2013 #14
Politicub Feb 2013 #15
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #17
Ter Feb 2013 #37
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #39
penndragon69 Feb 2013 #18
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #22
samsingh Feb 2013 #28
unblock Feb 2013 #30
socialindependocrat Feb 2013 #31
John2 Feb 2013 #43
socialindependocrat Feb 2013 #44
NorthCarolina Feb 2013 #32
John2 Feb 2013 #42
yourout Feb 2013 #33
apocalypsehow Feb 2013 #35
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #45
Initech Feb 2013 #46
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #47

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:36 PM

1. jobs? never mind nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:50 PM

16. what would you have him do to create jobs?

that doesn't involve Congress?

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:59 PM

25. Several Jobs bills in both the House and Senate. Blocked by Republicans. PAY ATTENTION!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:36 PM

2. The power of positive thinking!

I so like that in Our President!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:26 PM

13. Exactly, she!

He is amazing in his determination to make things happen.

Just say "YES WE CAN!"

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:14 PM

21. Positive thinking AND words of wisdom!

If Democrats do all they can to work in favor of their constituents rather than side with corporate Republicans, the people will return the favor when they're up for re-election. It never ceases to amaze me that some Democrats forget that very simple yet very fundamental fact: scratch our back and we'll scratch yours.

President Obama understands this simple truth, and he's conveying it to the Democrats who have forgotten.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:03 PM

27. He'd make a kick ass college basketball coach. nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:08 PM

29. Overwhelming Norman Vincent Peale.

 

Thanks sheshe2.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:37 PM

3. the key is getting rid of the tea party

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Response to Coolest Ranger (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:44 PM

4. Actually they are a plus for us.

If they keep nominating people like Akin we will keep winning.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:14 PM

9. I know but still I can't stand them.

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Response to Coolest Ranger (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:20 PM

34. you and me both

But in the case of the war between Rove and the Tea Party.

Pass the popcorn.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #34)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:13 PM

36. what pisses me off about the tea party is that

these folks don't live in the same world we do. You try to argue something with facts and they come up with all these what if crap that doesn't make any sense. It's so dang frustrating to try to talk to a tea party clown.

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Response to Coolest Ranger (Reply #36)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:26 PM

38. Don't try

Just enjoy the GOP blowing winnable elections.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #38)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:54 PM

40. You're right about that. that's why when I find one I either block them

if I'm on facebook or if I spot them on here I ignore them. I figure MIRT will get them eventually.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:49 PM

5. I hope he's right.

The republicans have heavily gerrymandered a number of districts, but they still haven't made all of those districts shoe-ins. At least two of the seven districts here in SC were close enough in 2012 that they could potentially go to a Dem next year. If enough people in those close districts throughout the country get sick of the tea bagger crazies and republican obstructionism, I think it's quite possible we'll have Speaker Pelosi again.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:49 PM

6. Good news to come. Only we can make it happen, Democrats.



In short, if you’re still disappointed in Barack Obama, it’s only because you never understood whose job it was to produce change in the first place. But don’t take out your own failings in this regard on the rest of us...

~Tim Wise.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:18 PM

11. Some facts, if you're interested:

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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:10 PM

19. I Love Facts!

Thanks freshwest!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:14 PM

20. Good for you, they make moving forward look better than standing still!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:55 PM

23. I've posted these facts several times, so thanks for trying.

I can't stand it when people who should know better keep spouting off the two-year crap, especially Democrats. Pay attention, folks and try to keep up.

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Response to Ineeda (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:02 PM

26. Thank you, too. I've put it in my Journal to refer to easier.

Last edited Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:54 PM - Edit history (1)

I decided to not get angry, but present the facts. We're dealing with enough factually challenged rightwingers, we are supposed to know our facts before we spout off here. I blame the pervasive toxic media atmosphere that encourages sneering at Obama, Democrats and the Democratic Party as a sign of intellect. It's important to know the sources and who's paying to talk about us:



http://www.amazon.com/Obama-Hate-Machine-Distortions-President/dp/1250031028




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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:57 PM

24. Well, sure. If you count 60-ish days as significant.

See Freshwest's post, above.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 07:07 PM

41. Now where's the REC THIS POST button??? +1,000! nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:58 PM

7. I'd like to see the House out of republican hands.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:18 PM

10. Let's hope so. The GOP seems determined to commit suicide.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:21 PM

12. They can't commit suicide, they are dead as a party of ideas, just a front for billionaires.

Homocide, however, is their specialty.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:27 PM

14. Make it so! n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:27 PM

15. Best speaker ever and would love to see her back in charge

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:52 PM

17. I don't think nancy will be around the House in 2022.

Sorry to be a cynic.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:19 PM

37. Don't be so negative

 

I think we'll retake the House in 2020.

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Response to Ter (Reply #37)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:32 PM

39. Census is in 2020.

We better take several STATE Houses in 2020 or the Gerrymandering will get worse.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:08 PM

18. Pelosi in 2014 !

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 05:40 PM

22. "House Democrats — who are more liberal than their Senate counterparts"

AKA, not bought off.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:06 PM

28. i hope so.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:09 PM

30. that's not a prediction, that's tactic to get house liberals to fall in line.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:54 PM

31. Who do we contact to make gerrymandering illegal?

It's very obvoius when a district is gerrymandered.

Since the practice gives unfair advantage, it should
not be allowed. Why is it allowed to exist in today's
society?

If the house will not address the problem then who is it that needs to be contacted in order to put an end to the problem?

I would imagine it is the same group that can have an impact on
voter supression.

The Republicanaires are at a disadvantage now and are fighting with every little dirty trick in the book. This is the best time to make a full force effort to get all this crap stopped (wich should be considered illegal in the first place!).

Citizens United is another thing that should never have happened with a congress that is not bought and not playing by the rules.

Anybody have any ideas as to where to start? My congressperson?

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Response to socialindependocrat (Reply #31)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:03 PM

43. Aren't

 

they taking it up in a court action within the state of North Carolina? I would imagine citizens within the gerrymandered District can take the Party to court or the representative. If I found myself in a new gerrymandered District from my old District, then I would file a law suit against that representative for disenfranchising me or diluting my vote.

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Response to John2 (Reply #43)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:05 PM

44. Good thoughts - in addition

This state rule stuff really drives me nuts.
Here we have each stare allowed to make up whatever crap laws they want and they don't base it on the constituent desires. They just throw something together and then the people have to fight to get it reversed.

Look at all the crap going on with voter supression.

I will talk to my B-I-Law. He used to work for the elections dept in MA. I asked at Xmass and he said that MA has rules that need to be followed so that the district boundaries are redrawn after each sensus for the specific purpose of making sure they are fair.

With all these Republicants making all these anti-people laws in their states, it's going to take years to get all this crap straightened out. There needs to be some sort of oversight committee to tell a state when they are overstepping their legal bounds.

What a mess!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:20 PM

32. I would rather have heard a call for Conservative Democrats

to remain open to concessions with Liberal Dems, instead of the other way around. I think we've had far more than enough of that already.

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Response to NorthCarolina (Reply #32)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 03:55 PM

42. These conservative Democrats

 

are in red states. If you take a look at the Governorships though, the Dems should be going hard after them in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvannia and Virginia. That is where the President's ground organization can help. Gaining those Governorships should help the Party on the local level.

Conservative Democrats may not be representing all of their constituents, but only the more conservative ones. Democrats can find candidates just like the Tea party to primary these candidates too. Just like the Republicans, more Liberal Democrats need to go into those Districts and communicate with people one on one. I do think there is a lot of race baiting going on, but it doesn't serve anyone's interests. Republican constiuents also have their best interests in Social Security or Medicare threatened. They are being lied to. They are on record now which is new. They need to take it in those elections and use it on the Republican candidate towards people benefiting from those programs.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:46 PM

33. Would love it but it's not going to happen in his term. The gerrymandering will take a decade to....

overcome and even then it will require taking back several Governorships

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:31 PM

35. I think he's right - and that would be fanatstic to flip the House to Dem control

during an off-year election!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:15 PM

45. Kick and Rec for all the freepers

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:51 PM

46. Please!!!! Let's kick the Fox News tea party and the Orange Boner out the door!

And I do hope the door hits their asses on the way out!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 08:55 PM

47. She and Harry are an unstoppable duo...

unless, of course, anyone stands up to them. Both are as useful as football bats.

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