"Voters think Congress is broken, and she is, unfairly but truly, a poster child for the dysfunction."
"She's led us into the desert. We need someone else to lead us out."
"Nancy has been great, and we have made history together. But it is time for her to make room for new leaders. Our bench is warmed up and ready to play. It's time to let them!"
It won't make a difference
"Playbook is set anyway until next round of redistricting in 2020, unfortunately for Democrats."
"What's the alternative?"
"The House Dems will probably be out of power until they can gain some traction in redistricting in 2020. Only a tidal-wave victory in 2016 could change the dynamic."
Q: Nancy Pelosi has said she'll stay on as Democratic leader in the House after the midterms. How do you think her decision will affect her caucus?
It is good news for House Democrats: 4% It is bad news for House Democrats: 62% It won't make a difference: 34%
It is good news for House Democrats
"But bad for the country. She is a terrific fundraiser and keeps her party in line, but compromise to her means you agree with her position."
It is bad news for House Democrats
"She has outlived her usefulness for them. Another loss probably means her fundraising prowess will slip."
"Pelosi is toxic to all but hard-core Democrats."
"[Steny] Hoyer is by far their best bet. She is already branded, and it's not good."
"You can't fire all the players, so fire the coach."
"If Pelosi stays, the Dem voice in House will stay irrelevant. With someone like Hoyer, there'd be more of a chance they could contribute to some bipartisan bills."
"Reid is the central brain-bug behind his caucus's majority. Contrast to Pelosi, who is an easy target, a millstone for her members, preparing to lose for a third time."
"With Reid, she is the face of all [that] people find disgusting about congressional Democrats. Note to D's: Please, please keep her as your leader."
It won't make a difference
"Democrats are doomed to minority status as long as Obama is president. Pelosi is a minor train wreck, but there's no Democrat who could do much better."
"In 2006, her prickly, unpleasant personality counted. Being in the minority, she is a nonfactor to most voters."
"As minority leader she's mostly been irrelevant. Another two years in the minority won't change that. And with Obama to kick around, why would Republicans bother with her?"
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