Sanford Bishop: ‘Nancy Pelosi’s season has passed’

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, having survived a close call on Nov. 2, let it be known last week that he would not vote for the soon-to-be-demoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to continue as leader of the Democratic caucus.

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This morning, the congressman issued a more formal statement regarding his decision to support a yet-to-be-named alternative. I’ve marked in bold what I think is the gist of his argument:

In the Book of Ecclesiastes, it is written “for every thing there is a season.” After prayerful reflection and numerous conversations with constituents who both supported and opposed my re-election, it is with a heavy heart that I have concluded that Speaker Pelosi’s season has passed. Consequently, I cannot in good conscience support her nomination as House minority leader for the 112th Congress.

On a personal level, I hold Speaker Pelosi in the highest regard. We served together first on the House Intelligence Committee and later on the House Appropriations Committee. I have long admired her intelligence as well as her tenacity. Her leadership was responsible for the House Democrats winning the majority in 2006 and then securing the passage of legislation that improves the lives of millions of Americans. In fact, I believe that Nancy Pelosi’s speakership in terms of her ability to forge consensus from the different views within the House Democratic caucus was truly one for the history books.

There comes a time, however, when one must put the future of the country and the Democratic party ahead of purely personal considerations. Having Speaker Pelosi as the face of our party in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years will not allow us to rebuild for the future. It will make it more difficult for us to recapture the moderate and independent voters who deserted the Democratic Party in droves this November. It will make it more difficult for us to make inroads in rural America which shifted from blue to red in historic proportions. In fact, I don’t see how we will be able to recruit candidates to run in the South and other red states with Speaker Pelosi at the helm.

The editorial page of The New York Times expressed it best last week. It said that “what House Democrats need is what Ms. Pelosi has been unable to provide: a clear and convincing voice to help Americans understand that Democratic policies are not bankrupting the country, advancing socialism or destroying freedom. If Ms. Pelosi had been a more persuasive communicator, she could have batted away the ludicrous caricature of her painted by Republicans across the country as some kind of fur-hatted commissar jamming her diktats down the public’s throat. Both Ms. Pelosi and Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, are inside players who seem to visibly shrink on camera when defending their policies, rarely connecting with the skeptical independent voters who raged so loudly on Tuesday … Congressional Democrats need a new champion to stand against a tightly disciplined Republican insurgency.”

Given the fact that we suffered substantial losses in the election, I think a new face is needed for leadership of the Democratic Caucus. For this reason, I will not vote for Speaker Pelosi as House Minority Leader. I will be supporting an alternative candidate with somber thoughts of my moderate to conservative colleagues who were battered into defeat by her image in countless thirty-second spots.

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48 comments Add your comment


November 17th, 2010
11:41 am

What do they say about rats fleeing a sinking ship ????


November 17th, 2010
11:43 am

I don’t know dawg, what do they say? I wouldn’t get too excited. Two years ago, the Democrats won in a landslide, so who knows what will happen to the Republicans two years from now. Although, people are always saying we should live in the moment.


November 17th, 2010
11:56 am

Basically, Sanford Bishop is shrinking at the Republican/FOXNews/Hannity rhetoric than saying Pelosi/Reid are more capable as leaders of the House. The problem is Pelosi/Reid would work fine in an earlier time (like the ’60s or maybe the ’70s) but not today with its ‘mile a minute’ news and commentary landscape. He basically admitted he dodged a bullet this past election.

No Fan of Any Team

November 17th, 2010
12:35 pm

dik·tat (dĭk-tätˈ)

1. A harsh, unilaterally imposed settlement with a defeated party.
2. An authoritative or dogmatic statement or decree.


November 17th, 2010
12:38 pm

I DON’T LIKE THIS A BIT! Nancy Pelosi is the only democrat with any backbone. Sanford, you need to stop listening to the republicans and listen to what the democratics are saying. If you listen intensely enough, what we told you, is that we don’t like “blue dogs democrats,” or “red dogs(rednecks)republicans congress people. We expect the PRESIDENT and the Democratic Party to fight for our positions. And we expect our PRESIDENT to lead the way. You guys are so stupid. The Republicans don’t need your votes now. They have control of the house. So why stick your necks for them? Why piss off your base? I’m a Black man, but President Obama is going to a one-term president if he and the Democratic Party don’t start showing some backbone. If you are going to be a democrat, then act like a democrat. In two years, don’t let me ask you this question again! CAN YOU HEAR NOW?


November 17th, 2010
12:56 pm

Please, please keep Pelosi! This will ensure Obamas defeat in 2012, as well as more Democrat losses in Congress.


November 17th, 2010
12:56 pm

Mr. Galloway- I totally expected a “Byrds” reference here.


November 17th, 2010
12:57 pm

Dang! I have no clue what “red dog republicans” are and would have never guessed that they are “rednecks.” However, I will be leaving the Democratic party as I am proud to be a redneck….in the true meaning of the word (if you even know what that is).


November 17th, 2010
1:40 pm

Booo- all republicans are “rednecks.” And , of course, you’ve always been a republican, in the true sense of the word. “RED DOG REPUBLICANS,” are racists white folks who hide behind the banner of “state rights,” etc. You remember, states rights were their pretense for entering into the “Civil War.” And ,now, its you’ll pretense for the Tea Party- “taking back our country” from a Black president.

Dirty Dawg

November 17th, 2010
1:42 pm

Sanford your a miserable excuse for a human being. I would have thought you’d have stolen enough FU money by now that you could stand for something. Nancy Pelosi’s got the biggest set in Congress and yours have shrunk to the point that they’re not existent. The only thing worse than a BlueDog is a black and blue dog.


November 17th, 2010
1:42 pm

That was a really good statement by Bishop…


November 17th, 2010
1:55 pm

Seems to me that you are right that the “pretense for entering into the “Civil War” was states rights. But SLAVERY is what is taught in our schools today as the cause of the Civil War and the Dems support it because they are will always raise the racist flag when it supports their cause. Just look at the “march” celebrating the passage of that “give me another handout” healthcare package.


November 17th, 2010
2:02 pm

@ Meth Pie, You are the one displaying racist tendencies by calling all republicans “rednecks.” As an independent, most of the GOPs I know are highly educated, successful, conservative, family valued, God fearing, fine upstanding cultured people. On the other hand, people like you who are so narrow minded that beg borrow and steal all you can to get your precious nanny state, are the one’s who truly need help. can’t see the forest for the trees, eh? Wake up! BO’s policies, if left intact, will kill the USA, just as similar policies are wreaking havoc all across Europe.


November 17th, 2010
2:19 pm

I hope the Dems continue to support Pelosi. I agree she’s a great leader, absolutely phenomenal plus what a warm and thoughtful woman. Her vision is beyond surreal, she was the only one who saw all the Nazi signs the TEa Party people were carrying. She had such kind words for citizens and taxpayers who dared to show their faces and voice their outrage with members of Congress at town hall meetings. Who could help but recall her now infamous words about the Socialized Healthcare Bill ‘we must pass the bill first to then know what’s in the bill’ truer words, more honesty has never before been expressed by a sitting politician. I hope Pelosi continues to lead and be the face of the Democrat Party, the cliff is getting closer and closer.

Let’s keep Nancy around, she is doing a wonderful job of leading the Republican Party back into control. Nobody has done it better not even Bill and Hillary.

To all the whiney Democrats like Sanford Bishop and the too dumb to learn the offense in the NFL former QB Heath Shuler, there’s nothing requiring you to continue sweeping Nancy’s floors, carrying her garbage, leave the Dems, become an Independent if you aren’t comfortable with the Republicans. Stop your silly crybaby antics, grow a set, man up.


November 17th, 2010
2:20 pm

Didn’t Bishop vote for every single bill pushed through Congress by Pelosi? Didn’t he vote for these bills even though he knew his district didn’t like them and they would do his district harm? eg. Cap n Trade, Healthcare, Stimulus, etc…… Now all of a sudden he is a blue dog democrat mourning over his lost comrades and blaming it on Pelosi? Why didn’t he stand up and vote against some here policies? Simple answer – this is nothing but a political stunt. Bishop won re-election by a very narrow margin. He was down all night before literally thousands of absentee ballots from one very large county put him over the top. Obama had to send campaign help during the last 4 weeks of the campaign to help Bishop get the people out to vote hence the large amount of absentee ballots from that one county. There were other very questionable actions on election day/night that led to the Bishop win. Now Bishop wants to act like he is a blue dog again and wants to distance himself from Pelosi so that in 2 years he won’t have such a hard re-election. Nothing but a political stunt by a master politician.

Capitol Avenue Cal

November 17th, 2010
2:21 pm

At least he is a realist, while most surviving Democrats are still spewing leftist ideology. Time for a little “realpolitik” on behalf of the Dems.


November 17th, 2010
2:26 pm

Well she does have nice legs for a 70 year old!

Last Man Standing

November 17th, 2010
2:29 pm


“Booo- all republicans are “rednecks.”

If that is the way YOU want to look at it, please count me in as a “redneck”.


November 17th, 2010
2:31 pm

@ICE CAKE – I don’t blame you for swilling the “Tea Party is racist” tea because culturally we each have our own prejudices, like it or not. However, you are obviously of the opinion that President Obama was somehow elected by all minority voters or stumbled into office on a miscount or some other aberration. The fact of the matter is that he lost his middle class America base because he deviated from his stated agenda (campaign promises) before he even took the oath of office. It isn’t the color of his skin but the content of his character that has sent him to stand in the corner with no lunch. He lied about his agenda and didn’t even wait until his chair warmed up beneath him before he started to play the same old political games. The Tea Party is out to dismantle the old school politics on both sides of the aisle and if you truly believed in the American way – as opposed to perhaps the African American way – you’d realize that the Tea Party is about liberty and individual rights and freedom for all who choose to work hard and contribute. Google “entitlement mentality” and you might learn something about the ideology that is enslaving the black man in this day and age. Rise up, open your eyes, and quit blaming skin color for the plight of black America.


November 17th, 2010
2:34 pm

Woo Hoo…Nancy was just elected minority leader. Another step toward BO losing in 12.

Hmmmmm is wrong

November 17th, 2010
2:37 pm

You could not be more wrong Hmmmm. Teachers make the connection between slavery and the Civil War because that is the truth. You only have to read the statements of Confederate politicians such as Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens who in his cornerstone speech of Ferbruary 1861 stated:

“The new Constitution has put to rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution, African slavery, as it exists among us—the proper status of the Negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution.”

So, if the Southern politicians during the actual event say that slavery was the cause of the war, then who are we to tell them otherwise? The reason that the state rights stuff was taught was that this was the propaganda that the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Daughters of the Confederacy tried to feed Southerners for generations. Thank God teachers have moved away from that “Lost Cause” BS because it is all a big lie. It’s too bad there are still people in this state and in the South in general who still believe that fairy tale.

markie mark

November 17th, 2010
2:49 pm

@ ICE CAKE – Obama and Pelosi showed tons of backbone. They ignored every poll that said the voters disagreed with the direction taken by them. And as a consequence, they drove the Democratic party off a cliff. Please, please convince them to continue on this course. That will give us a new president and a republican Senate in two years. I wholeheartedly support you in your efforts to keep Pelosi as the minority leader, and for Obama to continue his tireless efforts to yank this country hard left.


November 17th, 2010
2:53 pm

Democrats are Racist…They don’t want a black man as a minority leader which is why Clyburn was paid off. Its always the losers that call other people racists that are the real racists….Typical Liberal phonies By the way keep Pelosi and Reid…two of the biggest dimwits in the Democratic Party…This Is so good for Republicans…please keep these two losers in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


November 17th, 2010
2:54 pm

So I guess J.C. Watts is a redneck? I have no idea how race gets thrown into every political discussion, but unfortunately it does. It seems whenever someone has a weaker position in an argument, they immediately throw out race.


November 17th, 2010
3:48 pm

Nancy and Harry have been made into scapegoats. Their Republican counterparts will have their day.


November 17th, 2010
3:52 pm

I heard the DNC offered Pelosi 500 million to retire and the GOP offered 750 million to stay in office. Seems the GOP knows it will easy to get even more House Republican members and a majority in the Senate and the Presidency with looney Pelosi around…and in the camera with her commie agenda.

Rafe Hollister

November 17th, 2010
4:02 pm

Sanford (I’m just glad to be here) Bishop is just saying what he thinks his white constituents want him to say. I guess this election was just too close and he realizes that to continue to get reelected he is going to need a few white votes. The only reason he survived is a 95%+ vote by his Black constituents in a district made up of over 50% Black voters.

As Truth said above, he voted for every crackpot piece of legislation that Pelosi told him to, so now he blasts his Overlady, that is politics.

Burroughston Broch

November 17th, 2010
4:02 pm

The continued rules of Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid ensure the continued slant of the Democratic Party in Congress toward the progressive (far left) agenda. This will ensure that the Democratic influence in Congress will be further reduced after the 2012 elections.

It remains to be seen whether the President will move toward the center to improve his chances of re-election in 2012. I’m guessing that he won’t.

If the stars align, the Republicans may be in the same situation in 2012 as the Democrats were in 2008 – controlling the White House and both Houses of Congress, plus 60+ votes in the Senate to cut off filibusters. I hope that they can do better with it than the Democrats.

just won't fly

November 17th, 2010
4:07 pm

@ Doug

all the Botox


November 17th, 2010
4:10 pm

Well said Pedro. I would have taken it a bit further. Ice Cake watch Barbara Sawyer tonight in China. Do you think the Chinese care about your “rights”? Best you don’t kick the legs out from under the table you’re standing on.


November 17th, 2010
4:17 pm

They should have switched quarterbacks. Pelosi will sink their ship.

Pinky Lee

November 17th, 2010
4:22 pm

Saford and Son Bishop would tell you he is cauasian if he could get a vote. He is been in Pelosi’s pocket so long she should have a silouette of his face own her a–. He is typical of all of those who almost were beaten by Republican challengers. They are all changing colors and running from the Dems.

Imma Community Organizer

November 17th, 2010
4:23 pm

Thinking about running in 12, are ya Sanford?

Imma Community Organizer

November 17th, 2010
4:27 pm


You’ve got some issues, man. You need help.


November 17th, 2010
4:35 pm

ICE CAKE & Dirty Dawg:: Your posts are, shall we say, interesting, no, thats not the right word, but right off the top of my head I can’t correctly characterize them while remaining within the bounds of what is permissible to post on this forum. Since I really don’t care what Bishop thinks about Pelosi my comment will be of a general nature. Gentlemen, ignorance can be defined as a lack of information. That syndrome can be overcome by the assimilation of information garnered and disseminated by other more ambitious individuals. In case that goes over your heads, that means reading something besides comic books. If I may make a recommendation, try reading something other than the AJC, like maybe the hand writing on the wall……


November 17th, 2010
5:33 pm

Thanks Nancy for passing bills that helped get America one foot out the toliet. Like always said the President and Nancy should not have had a urgency helping these ungrateful Americans, they should have let these Rep and conservatives stand in line like the great depression and then do something.
No matter how idiots like 3 time college drop out Sean Hannity, high school drop out Rush L. tried to ruin their names, history will show they acted quickly and saved most of these ungrateful Americans.

Last Man Standing

November 17th, 2010
5:48 pm


You STAND in your toilet? That does explain something I have thought about you! I think I know why you never use Rush’s last name, too.

How’s that “Community Organizer” thing working out for you?


November 17th, 2010
5:51 pm

Wrong! Now get to work Mr. Bishop.

Last Man Standing

November 17th, 2010
5:53 pm

I will be most pleased to see Ms. Pelosi attain the position of Minority Leader. She will serve the Republican Party well in that position. I look forward to many great things from her!

Congratulations, Nancy!


November 17th, 2010
5:55 pm

Sanford Bishuop is a scum bag and should keep his opinions to himself. I cant believe that someone actualy voted for you! Waste of space in the bigger scheme of things. In other words You Mr. Bishop beed to crawl back under a rock!


November 17th, 2010
6:04 pm

Is Sanford Bishop writing for Hallmark Cards on the side?
This isn’t a congressional press statement. It’s an “in your time of grief” poem.


November 17th, 2010
6:07 pm

Last Man Standing: I can always count on you going against good” Limbaugh is a hypocrite scum, every one knows why he hates President Obama, he is a high school dropout and could not even taking out the trash at Harvard where Obama attended. Nancy and Obama should have let this country collaps but thats the difference between good and evil.

Alabama Communist

November 17th, 2010
6:07 pm

No doubt Sanford found out what it means when one finds out that his Horse came in last in a Snail race


November 17th, 2010
6:10 pm

perhaps sanford should take his own advice. for everything/person there is a time and season. your season has passed sanford and ga will be better off with you GONE!!!!

Dirty Dawg

November 17th, 2010
8:14 pm

Hey GT/MIT…see if you can read this…KISS MY ASS!


November 17th, 2010
8:47 pm

Hey Ice Cake, here we go with the “racist” crap again. It seems that this is always the card pulled when Democrats have no real argument or defense for their actions. Democrats lost because they set out to ignore the Constitution, spend money that even our grandchildren won’t be able to pay off, follow a President who thinks big in a small way, and turned their backs to (and their noses up at) the will of the American people. Bishop states that Pelosi helped put through legislation that improved the lives of millions of Americans. What he didn’t say was that this legislation was passed against the wishes of, and at the expense of, hundreds of millions of Americans. I truly dislike Obama, but it has nothing to do with his color. I don’t care if he is black, white, yellow, red, or green. If a President attempts to convert our Christian Democracy to a Muslim Socialist nation, while simultaneously doing his utmost to bankrupt the country, offend and alienate our allies, and bow to terrorists, then he is not my President, nor is he fit to be the President of the United States. So take your racist garbage to the dump. People are tired of hearing it.


November 18th, 2010
6:23 am

One: Let me remind you that the POLLS opposed the Iragi war. Result we are still there.
Two: Instead of Bishop agitating for his constituents the Farmers who have not been paid their settlement money and JOBS fro everybody, he is cuddling up to people who just tried to turn him out of his job. And you can rest assured that will be right back at his throat next time in droves, While he steadily works to decrease his OWN SUPPORTERS.
Three: What we need is Leadership — Leadership it is obvious that at this point in time in history WE the People are being led by a fringe Lunatic Group who only want power for power sake. They don’t know what to do with it but want to be in charge so they can Conserve for the very group who owns and controls everything, and will get rid of anybody that stands in their way.

So Sanford has a choice to make. Either be a leader or be a loser in two years. We are waiting for true responsible Leadership. The Black Caucus was highly disrespected when the progressives manuvered Clyburn out of the No. 2 position in the party. Still blacks get no return on their investment in the Democratic Party Lambat was right all Clyburn is, is Pelosi driver and butler. What a joke!!! Oh yeah somebody wrote that Repubs are intelligent thoughtful people. What proof can he/she offer over the past two years that supports this assertion. Because we have been visited by Repubs lies, disttortion, racism, hatred and stupidity—-period!!! No leadership, honesty or truthfulness on their part. None whatsoever. But whatever they could sell to geek up their supporters.

@dirty press

November 18th, 2010
9:38 am

While world-wide Stimulus Package got positive review generally, why is the D.S alone critical of it ?
1. Audacity of Nope extracted exceedingly low possible jobless rate compared with the extremely critical market situation, while D.S. economy was held hostage by Audacity of Nope, and time was running out.
Prior to the full recovery, the Stimulus Package was all about Lehman Brothers or not of D.S. economy.
2. Last year, Warren buffet warmed in an interview with NBC that the D.S. economy was in free fall. Plus, tragically, the Japan economic leader committed suicide before the strong export report, last year.
As we know, blocking Free Fall From Cliff requires multiple efforts.
3. Global austerity policy dealt a harsh blow to the burgeoning economic activity. By ruling out this critical factor, Power-only party of objection for objection & Almost Dead Media led Independents to Fuel the reps Gains.
For example, Japan export recently took a hit from the low demand world-wide.
4. As a groundwork, the Stimulus Package alone can’t complete a perfect building. Sadly, extension of oil wars displaced Energy Independence or A Jobs law, empowering the war party and leaving healthcare law near demise before survival. Accordingly, the Stimulus Package lost momentum creating Synergy.
5. The most efficient deficit-cut way of government would be slashing the destructive war & military waste.
Slashing the destructive war & military waste alone supposedly could be enough to balance the budget.
Regrettably. opponents are instead critical of sound investments. ( Depression : New Deal = Great Recession : Stimulus Package (Groundwork) )
Weapon Sell = Mexican Drug Trafficking = Destroy all, driving global economy in a destructive direction.
Even Overall US intelligence budget tops $80 billion annually.
6. I think Corrupt Money & Almost Dead Media led Independents to Fuel the no idea’ Gains. That explains why Moneycracy & Money-driven media call for urgent overhaul.
7. Amid Massive Lay-off Panic, Change & Healthcare for all, After Stimulus Package, Opposition from lots of the Ungrateful.
Taking advantage of benefits from Stimulus Package, Corrupt Money & Almost Dead Media & Power-only party turned U.S. into D.S.
8. Over the duration of healthcare debate, using the preliminary cost analysis of CBO, the reps opposed the public option stubbornly, but
after the release of final score, they have been defiant on the referee.
** Chanting deficit :
a. Amid chanting deficit, the same old failed policy.
b. Amid chanting deficit, hands-off approach over huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China from remorseless health care premium.
c. Unfortunately, as a direct consequence of remorseless health care premium, numerous folks have no choice but to hang onto affordable offerings, since one in two households is said to face a hard decision between necessity & drug.
d. Inaction cost in relation to health care reform totals $9trillion over the next decade.
e. Over the next 10 years, total Bush tax cut costs will equal $3.9 trillion, …. the tax cuts would increase deficits by nearly $4 trillion between 2005 and 2014.
9. Title : A businessman is angry at his lost cash bag.
A businessman is drowning in the ocean.
Stimulus : we should rescue him immediately.
Power first : Nope ! How do we pay for it ?, Just let him go under much like Lehman Brothers.
Stimulus : He is dying right now.
Power first : Nope ! You can’t save his money bag.
Stimulus ( clock is ticking ) : : We can do everything.
Go under : We are serious about jobs. Where are jobs ?, echoed by the angry businessman.
10. Former President Bill Clinton said “It took me four years to balance the budget, then I gave you four surpluses, paid $600 billion down on the national debt,”
And I’d say : It took 8 years for the Bush mishandling to get a final verdict.
Let’s not fall for the outrageous claim : Heal the 8 year-long chronic disease quickly, but do not see a doctor, adding to the deficit.