WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS News / AP) — Resurgent Republicans won control of the U.S. House late Tuesday night in midterm elections shadowed by recession, bringing Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s four-year tenure as the first female House Speaker in history near an end.

Pelosi, of San Francisco, said the vote that delivered a Republican majority meant lawmakers must work together.

“We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward,” she said.

In a statement issued early Wednesday, Pelosi saluted the Democrats who she said took tough votes as they tried to create jobs and improve the economy.

“The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people,” she said.

Pelosi did not say whether she wanted to continue to lead the House Democrats’ smaller, more-liberal caucus next year.

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Pelosi remains speaker through the end of the year. In January, she’ll surrender the speaker’s gavel.

Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, the Speaker-in-waiting, called the election results “a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the people.”

The new balance of power presents a challenge for President Barack Obama as he attempts to continue with his agenda through the second half of his term.

Obama telephoned Boehner shortly after midnight Eastern time to congratulate him, a call that underscored the transition to divided government.

During what Boehner described as the brief but pleasant conversation, Boehner said he promised to be honest with Obama and the two agreed to work together – even though Republicans campaigned on vows to turn back much of Obama’s agenda.

Pelosi and current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., also received calls from Obama.

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Comments (21)
  1. NRA Life Member says:

    HA HA HA HA! Nancy, see ya! Wouldn’t wanna be ya! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

  2. Ron says:

    I sure won’t miss her.

  3. Alan says:

    She’s not the speaker, but it’ll be a cold day in h*** before you get her out of the House… ha ha ha back. And too bad about not being to take the senate… ha ha on that too!

    Democrats STILL have more power… and will remain that way for at least 2 years! Suck it up and deal. And then, what, the best you guys have to field is Palin. Please. It’s already lost if that’s the best you can do. She’s as dumb as a doorknob.

    1. Chas says:

      What the hell are you crowing about? You have Obama, a socialist, Pelosi, a nut job, and reid, a political shrew. Give me a break and study up on how the democratic agenda will be paid for and sustained. You are just another deluded fool.

    2. Big G says:

      Alan don’t be so childish. The Dems had the majority & couldn’t do nothing with it.Your own Progressive Liberal Ed Rendell said it best Democrats are wusses. All blow & no go. Your comments out of touch with what is going on. Pelosi is through, she will no longer be able to keep the Bluedogs under wraps. Palin is so stupid, that 70 percent of picks got elected. She made close to 20 million in the last 3 months. She is really dumb as that doornail you mentioned eh! Quit underestimating people just because they don’t see eye to eye with you Progressive liberals, most of the Country doesn’t agree with you guys either!!!

  4. Simon says:

    Unfortunatly she’s still in Congress, just not the Speaker.

    Even more unfortunately, the Democrates still won’t realize that they need to pick an articulate MODERATE for that position, one who can communicate and listen to the people as opposed to one who lectures (when she bothers to address the people at all).

    in real estate it’s “location, location, location”, while in politics it’s “communication, communication, communication”. And the Dems failed. Even with the Repubs incompentency, the Dems still failed.

    Yuk. Vote them all out.

    1. td says:

      WOW!!! I am jumping for joy!! This IDIOT is finally moved down a notch!! And…. One she can will totally gone and out of sight with ridiculous BS.. Remember we can complete the mission in 2012.. Get all the bums, liars, and thieves out of office.. Obama do you hear the boots coming your way?? Your are next..

  5. Julius says:

    As a foreigner in the USA, I cannot believe this country’s voting trend. They just made the worst mistake by bringing back the GOP. Obama and the Democrats have been in power only 2.5 years and the people expected them to heal all the 10 years of Bush damage done by war and irresponsible political issues in 2.5 years? What a bunch of idiotic voting look to the UK if you want to see real sober politics and management. They voted out and remain faithful to their government in times of hardship not change at whimsical issues.

    1. td says:

      Thanks for your opinion..
      But go back to where you came from and help your home country since it is NONE of your Frickin’ business what goes on Iin the GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD … (USA = United Staes of America)…
      You obviously don’t have a clue.. See Ya..

      1. Julius says:

        You cannot accept genuine criticism Keep up with the illusion the US is the world’s biggest debtor.
        No doubt US is the greatest country in the world.(UNITED STUPIDITY of America)

      2. Sad USA says:

        Every time the USA shouts we are the best the rest of the world laughs even louder. Within ten years from now the USA will go the way of Greece and will be owned by China, they are well on their way to both of these.

      3. td says:

        Like I said, Hit the Road and don’t let the door hit in the back side on the way out
        If it was not for the USA you might just be speaking German now.
        You are just another big mouth that doesn’t belong here or should share your Un-America voice.
        I would like to meet you face to face and show what Americans do to Big mouths. How dare you crtizize my country… England is a Socialist Broike pound pinching wanna be country with no courage to stand for yourself.
        GO HOME…

  6. Theresa says:

    Julius, you really have no clue what you are talking about. Comparing the politics of the UK to the US is just dumb They operate totally different.

    You see, contrary to the make believe world you and many others live in, America is NOT A DEMOCRACY, it is a two party PLUTOCRACY. Only rich people can run for office (this last election costs over $1 BILLION) and only rich people get representation.

    Short of overthrowing our Government, which is probably long overdue, the best the rest of us can do is a) vote for the other team and hope to stall things long enough for Democracy to simply restore itself or b) not vote at all.

    If you were actually LIVING here in the US, you would understand that there is no difference in the parties here.

    1. David says:

      Brilliant reply Theresa.

    2. Julius says:

      Theresa honey, I am not clueless, I understand the American system well. In times of distress and the debt build up, the US is like a patient in intensive care. Republicans are known to rule by fear=control, stalling bills in Congress which do the country no good e.g the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, what are they getting by it besides political conning? At least the Democrats have established new Financial Regulation, a new health bill. They may be not be good but they look out for a common person not the ill at heart like Republicans.
      Glad not to be an American.

      1. gp says:

        Julius, welcome to the United States, now go home! If it wasn’t for the greatest country in the world the UK would have been finished many years ago, so put that in your pipe and smoke it!

  7. glblwmr says:

    I will miss that Bobble Head Doll, I just loved the say she would jump up and clap every time Obama would make a speech.

  8. Janice says:

    Only rich people can run for office?????wt?….Yeah, Meg Whitman is a perfect example of that…HAHAHAHAHA……GO DEMS!It’s okay we lost the house, but you know what…now the Republicans HAVE TO say what their plans are, for HELPING OUR COUNTRY….They’re so quick to shoot Obama’s ideas down, but yet, I don’t ever hear them saying, what they are going to do….SPEAK UP NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE….THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING….

  9. Mike says:

    To be honest after being speaker of the house I don’t believe she can be a team player. I really think she will resign. Especially in light of the damage she has done to her party. She is the richest person in Congress and doesn’t need or want the humiliation of sitting in the back seat. I’d be surprised if I was wrong!

    1. td says:

      Hey that would reallly GREAT, May be she could take Reid with her..
      But I guess that is asking too much..

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