New York and National Balance of Power

Monday, November 08, 2010

Chris Smith, contributing editor for New York Magazine, and Melissa Harris-Perry, politics professor at Princeton University, MSNBC contributor, and columnist for The Nation, talk about the balance of power in New York and around the country, after the midterms.


Melissa Harris-Perry and Chris Smith

Comments [23]

Polly Bookhout from Columbus Circle

I wanted to listen to the first episode of Monday's Brian Lehrer broadcast. By mistake this is the first episode of the Leonard Lopate Monday broadcast.

Nov. 09 2010 09:31 AM
Michael from Chelsea

This is from today's Lopate show. Please fix I really want to hear this segment. Last time there was a mistake like this it was never fixed.

Nov. 08 2010 04:52 PM
Patrick from Brooklyn

Hey WNYC! The link for this clip is actually a Leonard Lopate clip! Please fix it so I can listen!

Nov. 08 2010 03:10 PM
Carrie from Brooklyn

With the lifting of restrictions for corporate donations to campaigns, should news programs then reveal which candidates their sponsors have donated to?

Nov. 08 2010 11:40 AM
Elena from NYC

Speaker Pelosi is not polarizing or toxic. During her tenure, Nancy Pelosi endured yet another bigoted, sexist smear campaigns by the Right—their typical M.O. The vilification of Hillary Clinton runs a close second in its ugliness. The now-time-worn technique of repeating lies over and over again does not make them true, but it works if unchallenged.

Pelosi is effective, she gives progressive women and other underrepresented constituencies hope, and every time the Right uses her as a target for their sexism and it goes unremarked, progressive voters notice. Smears, soft bigotry and name-calling on the Right is what should be challenged. The Left should not switch out effective leaders as they are maligned by the Right. They should take initiative—call out bigotry and get on with business.

Nov. 08 2010 10:51 AM

Pelosi should stay. She has spine and principles. She held the house together and she's a savvy politician. Since assuming the speakership, she has been demonized and vifilied much the way Hillary was during the 2008 election. Who cares about Leno -- he's a comedian not the driving force in our politics.

Nov. 08 2010 10:29 AM

she'll be back in 2012

Nov. 08 2010 10:28 AM
Bernard Katz from Fairview NJ

Many Democrats want to oust Nancy Pelosi from her leadership position because she has become so toxic in the eyes of many Americans that she reduces the electability of Democrats in swing districts. However, this would be of little benefit to them in future elections.

Given the effectiveness of the Republican stratagem, demonizing Democrat leaders, Ms Pelosi’s replacement would soon become as toxic as she now is.
The only way Democrats can have non-toxic leaders is by replacing them before the Republican demonization machine can work its magic. That would be every few months, or so.

Nov. 08 2010 10:26 AM

Pelosi should stay as leader. Reid should step aside.

The democrats should stop "jumping just as high" as the republicans scream for. The republicans know that Pelosi is effective - that's why they have demonized her. Every person I spoke to who was supposedly 'anti Pelosi" could not tell me one thing she had done wrong.

Nov. 08 2010 10:26 AM
Meg from CT

Heard the news in a different city last week and learned, from Mark Shields of PBS, that Pelosi was an extraordinary speaker. I'm a news junkie but really did not know that her accomplishments were so significant. Shields commented that she was among the best and up there with Tip O'Neil and other notable Speakers. If she has done a good job and has the support of her peers, she should stay!

Nov. 08 2010 10:23 AM
Dobbo from Nyack

Pelosi's gotta go... Bachmann is a loon.

Nov. 08 2010 10:21 AM
Leo in NYC

Nancy Pelosi is optically terrible and politically great. She is an awful spokesperson for the democrats — almost a parody of a limousine liberal. But she did a fantastic job of being leader — she kept the caucus together and doggedly worked to pass the Obama agenda.

If Obama were doing a better job of being leader of the party keeping her wouldn't even be a question. But if we're looking for someone to be a spokesperson rather than to pass legislation (which maybe as a minority party we are), then perhaps a new face would be an asset.

Nov. 08 2010 10:21 AM
Sarahgoat from UES

Pelosi is effective, otherwise the GOP wouldn't be gunning for her so hard. She is the one who is responsible for getting healthcare through.

Also, love when you have Melissa Harris-Perry on because she is so very smart and also realistic.

Nov. 08 2010 10:20 AM

Nancy P should take the high ground and resign.. I like the woman but it is time for a fresh face.

Another, side note, it seems to me that is is not sensible to have mid terms at all! Just vote once every 4 years and have all seats up fro grab. There is too much political overload with the 2 year cycle

Nov. 08 2010 10:19 AM
Sarahgoat from UES

Pelosi is effective, otherwise the GOP wouldn't be gunning for her so hard. She is the one who is responsible for getting healthcare through.

Also, love when you have Melissa Harris-Perry on because she is so very smart and also realistic.

Nov. 08 2010 10:19 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Bachman thinks senators & representatives should be questioned to see if they're pro- or anti-America? Yeah, maybe they could set up a committee of pro-America representatives to investigate & find out who's involved in un-American activities! Sounds all too familiar.

Nov. 08 2010 10:18 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

I stick with Pelosi and Reid. The election - with the free spending Rove dollars included - was about the misrepresented actions needed to keep the economy from crashing completely.

The Dems left some of their constituency at home and THAT was their biggest error.

The GOP has done NOTHING to deserve a return to power. How Democrats could sit home and let the GOP snatch the House is beyond me.

See you in 2012

Nov. 08 2010 10:18 AM
Leo in NYC

We live in a profoundly divided country, where half of the voting public wants to live in a European style liberal democracy, and the other half wants to live in a Norman Rockwell-esque quasi-theocracy. Both of these groups will reliably vote Democrat or Republican respectively.

Which means that turnout aside, all of our elections these days are be decided by, and argued for, the so-called independents. Who are by definition the least engaged, least informed and least interested voters. These are not people who have strong deep opinions about policy — these are the people who are actually swayed by political advertising.

And we are all at their mercy.

Nov. 08 2010 10:17 AM
Robert from NYC

I'd rather not like to think I would say this but he is right. I'll do penance.

Nov. 08 2010 10:16 AM
teal from tarrytown

enough with the "is Nancy Pelosi too left and whacky?" (while the Right is looking at Michelle Bachman!?!). Pelosi has pulled congress together to pass considerable advances in legislation in the past two years. She is smart, she is tough and we need her. By the way, Melissa Harris-Perry, is also very smart and perceptive

Nov. 08 2010 10:15 AM

Michelle Bachmann is Joe McCarthy in drag and on peyote. And yes, the American people is too obtuse to grasp anything that cannot be put into a soundbite (i.e. the economy and health care reform). Voters chose style over substance.

Nov. 08 2010 10:14 AM
Robert from NYC

No there should be no move to the right, there should be backbone and standing up for what is good. The problem however, is not even only the right but even more so the center (middle), the wishy-washy, the mediocre (also from the latin for middle).

Nov. 08 2010 10:11 AM
Robert from NTC

Yes, Pelosi and Reid did not connect and should not be in power. It's time for a change. And yes, Michelle Bachmann should be institutionalized and get psychological help as should many of the Republicans who were "rehired" and some of the new ones.

Nov. 08 2010 10:09 AM

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