Pelosi: Boehner Chose To Go To The Dark Side

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – – Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi drew hoots and cheers Saturday on the House floor.

She said Republican Speaker John Boehner “chose to go to the dark side” when he didn’t have the votes to support his debt ceiling bill.

“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. (Hooting/cheers). 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  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. We are the United States of America.”

“It’s perfectly absurd for them to say that the bill they brought to the floor yesterday, the Boehner bill that they brought to the floor, was an agreement of the four leaders of the House and Senate, Democrat and Republican. Either you don’t know what you’re talking about or it’s a perfect absurdity.”  When another member asks her to yield, Pelosi said, “I will not yield to you.”

Meantime, officials said late Saturday that White House and Republican leaders in Congress were making significant progress toward a last-minute agreement to avoid a default threatened for next week.

These officials say the two sides are discussing a plan to raise the debt limit by about $2.4 trillion and enact spending cuts of a slightly larger amount in two stages.

The deal under discussion would also require Congress to vote on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, but not require its approval.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the discussions.

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  • Richard Boyle

    “The deal under discussion would also require Congress to vote on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, but not require its approval.”

    Then why even bother with this stupidity? Remember, friends, the work of the Congress represents your tax dollars at work.

    • MK

      So does the work of the senate and the white house.
      Don’t forget those two circus rings as well.

  • lightsaw

    Pelosi is a moron. She was handpicked by the Dem Party oligarchy here in SF to serve in the seat that she’s since then been re-elected to many times. She serves her leftist masters without even thinking about what she’s told to do, which is easy, because she can’t think about much. Over in the Senate, Harry Reid, a master tactician, is playing the role of Darth Vader, the slave of Darth Sidious (Obama). Reid also reminds me of the Senator Patrick Geary, in the Godfather movie. The way he grovels before Obama is sickening. Somebody must have something on him- nobody would act that way if they didn’t have to.

    • Patriot

      The morons are the tea party nut cases that believe extortion is defendable. Holding America hostage through their tactics is treason.

      • lightsaw

        Actually, the Tea Partiers are the only really responsible ones involved. They’re trying to solve the problem. Eveyone else just keeps putting off the inevitable day when our debt is so large that we can’t pay the interest. That’s what Obama is trying to bring about- he wants to completely restructure the ecoonomy when this one collapses, and he wants to do it before he leaves the White House.

      • steven block

        The Morons are the one that believe spending as usual can continue!

      • steven block

        The Morons are the ones that believe spending as usual can continue! Moron!

      • Guapi

        No one is extorting anyone. We are seeing America’s freedom in action. Politicians (heavy on the left but also on the right) have let things get so bad that the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party was born and is now a strong force acting to make corrections. You should be thankful for this, Patriot.

    • adal

      EXACTLY!!! need i say more?

  • Joe Jack

    It appears Pelosi is the Democratic Party, where is the leadership, where is the party. They have all gone to the dark side and we are now a one party system, much like Mexico. Where is the change, the only change is in the name. It’s smoke and mirrors, miss direction and in the end the american worker get’s the shaft. We have become share cropers, the new serfts. The American Revolution was not a revolution in the mannar of the French, Russian or Cuban. Our Revolution was a hostile take over. I’m waiting.

  • ak kso

    lol- the U.S. was the greatest country in the world until Pelosi came along.

    • VR

      g w bush inherited a surplus, which quickly turned to skyrocketing deficits due to the bush tax cuts and two wars. i don’t remember pelosi voting for those irresponsible tax cuts, do you?

      • Dennis Nichols

        Congress has been controlled by Democrats since 2006….Obama has been in office for 3 years. Time to stop blaming Bush and take responsibility for your messiah spending 9 trillion dollars on nothing.

        But then, as a liberal, I don’t expect you to take responsibility for anything

      • VR

        @dennis nichols: what specifically have democrats done to increase deficits? time to stop vague blaming and make concrete references. but, then again, tea partiers have nothing but smoke screens.

    • Jan Chapman


      • MK

        “what specifically have democrats done to increase deficits?”

        How about spending like a drunken sailor on the “Stimulus” which resulted in $250,000 per “created” job. Is that specific anough for you, VR??

        I won’t even mention that GM bilout, Multi-bank bailout, cash for clunkers and other fiascos.

  • William

    You tea party crackpots are the laughing stock of the country. Go back to your hobbit fantasy land, where you can play with your little gold rings, and leave the governance of our great country to real men. Life is not black and white, there are nuances, and subtleties, and wiser people than you know that compromise is not a weakness, it is a strength.

    • MK


      To the Democrats life IS black and white. It’s either their way or no way!

    • Kathy

      Hahahaha! William, you’re the crackpot! You need to stop reading those hobbit books!

    • Walter Snyder

      You are absolutely right. Cry Baby John Boehner is pulling is ideas out of his @ss. Not all Tea Bag members are idiots. If they are brain dead robots like DumbJohn then we really have something to look forward too when they by all the elections on the planet with the Koch brothers money buying the elections by pouring billions of dollars into TV ads.

  • ron

    I love the Dem’s. They are saying there should be bi-partisanship. When will they show some sign of it? Both the Dem’s and Rep’s have thier share of BSers. Just seems to me that the Dem’s have more if not all.

    • VR

      dems have already agreed to 3-to-1 rate of spending cuts to revenue increases. this is a huge concession. repubs walked out of negotiations because they didn’t want to increase taxes for private jet owners. who is bs-ing who?

      • MK

        You are perfectly bainwashed by Obama’s teleprompters.

    • eagle

      What are you blind are you unable to read? The GOP has walked out of negoitions twice. They are not willling to spread the pain and have put all on the back of those on fixed income, the middleclass and poor, The tax breaks given to the rich have not now or ever created any jobs. You want me to go on puppet?

      • steven

        Your totally correct the Wealthy have never created jobs in this Country, it’s the bottom 40% that pay no taxes, and the great ill conceived stimulus packages like Obama’s. Wake up fck stick

  • VR

    glad pelosi is standing up to these fanatic republicans. dems have already offered huge spending cuts, to the point David Brooks (a long-time conservative) said they are a no-brainer for repubs to accept. and yet, here we are still facing the self-imposed threat of default because of tea party obstructionists. it’s pointless to talk about the debt while interest rates are at historic lows and inflation is non-existent. hello! unemployment is > 9%, govt should be focused on getting people back to work. instead, they the right wants to keep putting $$ in the pockets of the rich so they can keep flying private jets.

    • JK

      Calling the opposition the “dark side” is not going to facilitate adult conversation and negotiation to resolve pressing problem of state.
      The tea party is only a small part of the congress and senate. The majority party is democrat and the republican. Blaming the tea party or anyone else does not make any sense. The tea party brings another perspective since what we are doing right now is not working. We need to create jobs instead which is the only way out of this mess.
      You forgot to mention that Nancy flys on US government full size Boeing 757 jets on tax payer expense. Small corporate size jet just didn’t work for the house speaker in the past.

  • Joe Nokbakasake

    To everyone who has commented above: Why are you reading CBS – Shouldn’t you get your news from Fox?

  • Janet

    Joe Nokbakasake – It is important to see what everyone is saying, including MSNBC, CNN, Fox and Al Jazeera. If you have no appreciation of someone else’s viewpoint, you don’t understand it well enough. Like it or not, we are all in this together, and it is time to dial back the strident, dug-in positions and start working together.

    • Pat

      MSNBC, CNN and Al Jazeera have no credibility. Only Fox does. Fox isn’t controlled nor funded by the European Marxist Billionaire known as George Soros. He is a hard core anti American who controls practically everything that rolls out of the Leftist Media outlet in America. Fox doesn’t fall under that umbrella. Al Jazeera on the other hand is the propaganda element for Al Queada within the Arab World. More garbage and lies there.

      • Mister B

        This has to be the most ridiculous comment yet… Yes Pat the WHOLE world is controlled by Soros… where do you people come from? I mean seriously Fox new objective? Thats the funniest thing Ive ever heard. So your OK w/ Scaife,, Murdoch Koch and crowd and their influence?

        I’m not in love w/ the left but the idiocy on the right re: who is and who is not objective amazes me. And do you really know what socialism/marxism is?

        Back to Fox news for all your entertainment (oh sorry education) needs

  • Janet

    On further reflection, the same goes for everyone else, myself included.

  • Pat

    Pelosi, that old bag of wind has nothing to say to anyone. Talk about senile and out of touch with reality and the wants and needs of Americans. She like her fellow Democrat Marxists couldn’t put together a plan to save their sorry excuse of a life nor are really interested in one. Pelosi is a prime example of everything that isn’t American at all. Atleast the Republicans came up with something, far more than the Dems could muster themselves.

  • Katy

    She certainly brought home the bacon (American taxpayer dollars) for San Francisco, though, to the tune of about 5 billion dollars for various silly things, including a hefty amount for the Marsh Mouse. I think we’re all relieved that we no longer have to pay for her big private jet stocked with liquor for her and her friends and family and their dogs and cats to the tune of over $6,000,000 per year.

  • f

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    There is evidence that several corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, even without the supporting evidence of bribery this makes sense.

    • BOB

      jimmy,go AWAY!!!!!!!!

  • Dennis Wicklund

    Return of the Sith herself

  • Ezekiel

    Typically deprecating politics from Darth Pelosi. And typical CBS to offer her remarks without analysis — not even a word about the likely economic effects of adding another $2.4 TRILLION to the national debt.

    As for Richard Boyle’s featured comment here: Bringing a balanced budget amendment to the floor for a vote IS a valuable use of time, in that it makes it harder for liberally-inclined media (such as CBS) to pull off their usual campaign misrepresentation (casting liberal candidates as moderates) when voters just watched them vote against balancing the budget.

  • Scott


  • oldfart

    Pelosi is a Jedi master at deflecting the truth with her plaster surgery and progressive attitude. Where is her plan, she tongue slashes out at anyone who disagrees with her throwing out facts that are nothing more than science fiction.

    • turla

      agree! i hate Pelosi’s ugly face!!! and arrogance!

  • mary mouton

    Censorship is alive and well at CBS. I just tried posting a comment that was negative about Pelosi’s actions. Still haven’t seen it. Just remember her immortal words about healthcare “You have to pass it to see what’s in it.” /and we STILL don’t know all the damage it go ing to do! She is Obama’s best cheerleader and loyal. In WWII the enemy said they were “just following orders”. So is Pelosi. Traitor to t he American public. A real goose stepper.

  • Valere West

    Both parties are to blame for this mess. but now we have a new group called the T-Party who want to cut Social Security and benefits of the veterns. The Democrate did more than enough by withholding cost of living raises and again this year the same. But the new group of professional ######## need to be rode out of Washington on a RAIL.

  • mary mouton

    Pelosi reminds me of a saddlebag with eyes…

  • kevin yoder

    you know your speaking the truth when teabaggers start calling you names. the reason teabaggers hate her so much is because unlike most democrats she stands up to these bafoons. now that america sees what these people are all about they wont stand a chance in the next elections.

  • PLW

    If anyone should know what the Dark Side is, it would be Pelosi! Since her free jet transportation has been cancelled, she has forced to return to her broom…..

    • HooDatIS?

      u wrong for that
      its funny, even though i dont agree, im cracking the heck up
      zoom zoom on yo broom nancy
      if she is a witch she’s a damn good one
      keep working for the people Pelosi, we need more like her
      maybe she can use that broom to sweep those republicans out the whitehouse!

  • j chapman

    Pelosi has continued to be a huge deficit to America with her tactics and refusal to work with anyone. She is the puppet master behind Obama.

  • Tim Giangiobbe

    The Apathy that many Americans suffer from is sad indeed.What its it about UNFAIR TAX STRUCTURE that these ignorant citizens do not understand.IT has already been proven that making the wealthy pay their fair share doesn’t cause havoc and Job loss.Let’s face it Americans they will continue to skirt the issue and blame poverrty stricken citizens while the wealthy make record profits and are making NO JOBS instead the wealthy Elite invest in INSURED CDOs and are part of many hostile takeovers that ELIMINATE JOBS.
    This happens while the elite wealthy secretly support SH_T swizzle sticks like Michael Savage and Glenn Beck..
    Time to wake Up Americans it is our civic duty to demonstrate.There are many forms of tyranny.Tyranny from the secret elite that are pulling the strings has to stop now.
    Eternal Vigilance is the price of democracy.
    The Road to Prosperity is not paved with Austerity it is paved with Dignity.

  • Concerned American

    Pelosi should be given her exit package out of Congress. She is a mess. A trouble maker and has no place in these talks. People who voted for her should be ashamed of themselves.

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