Pelosi on House Floor: Boehner ‘Chose to Go to the Dark Side,’ Is Leading US to Default

Give ’em hell, Madame Speaker:

“Let me repeat. And I repeat, he chose to go to the dark side by putting forth a bill that he himself told his Members [it] would sink in the Senate—and I add, lead to default, lead to default.”
– Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of choosing “the dark side” in making his debt ceiling bill more amenable to House conservatives in securing passage.

Pelosi also argued the Speaker had set the U.S. on a path towards default during her floor speech in favor of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt ceiling plan on Saturday.

“The Speaker chose, when he didn’t have the votes, instead of to reach out in a bipartisan way to see how we could work together, he chose to go to the dark side,” Pelosi said to disapproval from Republicans in the chamber.

“Let me repeat. And I repeat, he chose to go to the dark side by putting forth a bill that he himself told his Members [it] would sink in the Senate—and I add, lead to default, lead to default. We cannot default. We are the greatest country that ever existed in the history of the world.”


  • CatBallou
    July 30, 2011 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    She had me until the “we are the greatest country…” BS. That’s such a meaningless, jingoistic statement, and I’m disappointed to hear it from a Democrat.

  • Russ
    July 31, 2011 - 4:55 am | Permalink

    You do realize Nancy Pelosi is no longer speaker of the house, she lost that position back in the midterm elections.

    • July 31, 2011 - 5:42 am | Permalink

      When Republicans stop calling Newt — who resigned in disgrace — Speaker Gingrich, we’ll stop referring to her as Speaker Pelosi.

  • Russ
    July 31, 2011 - 5:47 am | Permalink

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. (Three lefts do)

    • July 31, 2011 - 5:54 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I thought you were joking. Former speakers are always referred to by the title as a courtesy after they leave office. Same as presidents.

  • Russ
    July 31, 2011 - 6:03 am | Permalink

    As long as you’re just being courteous, no harm no foul.

    • July 31, 2011 - 8:30 am | Permalink

      Similarly, I generally refer to Boehner as Worst Speaker Ever. Which is a) discourteous, b) partisan and c) true.

  • July 31, 2011 - 8:37 am | Permalink

    I don’t know, Jon. I have found myself growing fonder of The Orange One. He’s in a terrible position, no matter how much of it is of his own making. And I envy no one who has to try to reason with tea party lunatics. On the other hand, as I’ve told you offline, my proudest moments as a Democrat generally did not correlate with anything Nancy Pelosi related.

    • July 31, 2011 - 9:09 am | Permalink

      Speakers are not traditionally beloved figures. Pelosi’s record is that she accomplished more than any speaker in memory, and she did it dancing backwards in pumps. Before Pelosi was speaker, she was a legislator. Before Boehner was speaker he was a bumbling partisan hack on the take from any lobbyist with dough, best exemplified by the time he was caught handing out checks from Big Tobacco to his Republican friends on the floor of the House just minutes before a vote on tobacco regulations.

  • Russ
    August 2, 2011 - 5:32 am | Permalink

    Took me a day to find my old AP style guide but didn’t find a specific reference to “Former Speaker of the House” Then I remembered that new tool Google….

    And it appears a number of news outlets refer to the Newtster as the “former speaker of the house” despite your claim otherwise.

    • August 2, 2011 - 6:56 am | Permalink

      Wow. Sorry to put you to all that trouble. But you could have just googled Newt. He calls himself “Speaker Gingrich.”

      Of course, journalists and reporters refer to him in the third person as “former speaker,” but when he is addressed in person, he is often — not always — referred to simply as “Speaker Gingrich.” Just like Bush is referred to as Pres. Bush in person, even though most people know he’s not still in office.

  • Russ
    August 2, 2011 - 7:46 am | Permalink

    No trouble at all.
    I wanted to know the proper form.
    I found it.
    Thought I would share it.

    Should have known you don’t give a flying fig about it as long as you can continue to stroke your heroes.

    Partisan on!

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