Why is Nancy Pelosi So Unpopular?

The news that Democrats have just selected Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to continue as House Minority Leader has led a number of commentators to note her continuing unpopularity. Blogger Nate Silver, for instance, recently came up with a column titled “Is Pelosi America’s Most Unpopular Politician?

There is no denying that Ms. Pelosi is very, very unpopular. This is old news, and relatively boring stuff.

What is more interesting is exploring how Ms. Pelosi became one of the least-like politicians in America.

When Democrats came roaring to take control of Congress in 2006, Ms. Pelosi was a favorite Republican target. Conservative commentators liked to warn Americans about how extreme to the left Ms. Pelosi was. And the House leader was quite an inviting target: a congresswoman from a hotbed of American liberalism, who did not look good on television, and who occupied an inherently unpopular position (quick: name one House speaker who’s ever had positive approval ratings).

These attacks continued throughout her term in power; indeed, they continue to this very day. Republicans were quickly able to succeed in making Ms. Pelosi as disliked a figure as possible amongst conservatives. It was not hard, especially given Ms. Pelosi’s inherent liberalism.

But what really killed Ms. Pelosi’s approval ratings was the fact that Democrats declined to defend her. Ms. Pelosi got punched and punched and punched, and Democrats never bothered to punch back. Take, for instance, an everyday occurrence in cable news: a Republican commentator blasts Ms. Pelosi for being an extreme liberal out-of-touch with mainstream America. If this happens, one almost never sees the Democratic counterpart arguing that Ms. Pelosi isn’t out-of-touch. This is quite different from what happens, for instance, when a Republican commentator attacks President Barack Obama.

Even Ms. Pelosi herself didn’t bother to defend her reputation. Instead, she spent her time passing laws Republicans hated and making the life of the Republican minority miserable. Ms. Pelosi was quite good at doing this; indeed, her skills at whipping the Democratic caucus rival those of the legendary Lyndon Johnson.

In not bothering to defend Ms. Pelosi, Democrats calculated that her unpopular approval ratings did not really matter; they would not affect the mid-term or presidential elections. Most probably don’t like Ms. Pelosi anyways.

The correctness of this calculation is almost impossible to prove. The Democratic Party’s good results in 2008 would indicate that Ms. Pelosi’s unpopular ratings had little effect. Their bad results in 2010 would indicate the opposite.

Whatever the truth, one can be fairly certain that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will continue doing her best to make Republican lives as miserable as possible.

--Inoljt, http://mypolitikal.com/



Tags: Democrats, Media, Nancy Pelosi, Politics, Republicans, Elections (all tags)



Liberal poisoned kool aid

1)  Nancy Pelosi our "leader" in the house is unpopular

2)  Why don't democrats defend her?

3)  Absolute lack of interest in why American's don't like her and instead blame party for not wanting to sing the ship for this harpy.


Nancy is an in your face liberal who thought she was going to win the house a week before the election.  She is out of touch with America.  If your leaders are out of touch they become unpopular and you lose elections.  The solution is new leaders not trying to change every single American's mind.


No amount of PR will fix that.


And Tip O'Neal had positive approval.

by donkeykong 2010-12-04 08:22AM | 0 recs
RE: Liberal poisoned kool aid

Interesting; I didn't know Tip O' Neal had positive approval. Was that true for any other House Speakers you know as well?

by Inoljt 2010-12-06 06:50PM | 0 recs
RE: Liberal poisoned kool aid

Interesting; I didn't know Tip O' Neal had positive approval. Was that true for any other House Speakers you know as well?

by Inoljt 2010-12-06 06:50PM | 0 recs
Nancy is at 29% approval

Nancy is at 29% approval



Thats not doesn't break 50% approval.

Moving from 50% to 45% is MASSIVE in politics

Moving from 45% to 40% is MASSIVE in politics

Moving from 40% to 35% is MASSIVE in politics

Moving from 30% to 30% is MASSIVE in politics


Give you some idea

Newt was at 45% when he left office.


It may be normal for a speaker of the house to be in the mid 40s but its abnormal to be in the 20s.

That others have been in the 40s doesn't change that Pelosi is uniquely hated and uniquely out of touch.


She thought she was going to win in 2010 a week before the election for pete sake....


by donkeykong 2010-12-07 01:41PM | 0 recs


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