Cantor: If Pelosi Stays Then Democrats Haven't Learned Lesson

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she will run for Democratic Minority Leader in the House. The number two Republican in the House says that Democrats are making a mistake if Pelosi retains her leadership position. "Democratic members in

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she will run for Democratic Minority Leader in the House. The number two Republican in the House says that Democrats are making a mistake if Pelosi retains her leadership position.

"Democratic members in the House elect Nancy Pelosi as their leader," Eric Cantor (R-VA) told Fox News Chris Wallace Sunday. "It's almost as if they just didn't get the message from the voters this election."

"I mean the voters outright rejected the agenda she's been about and here they are going to put her back in charge and, in fact, Chris, over the last two years -- in fact, almost four at this point -- she has refused to even meet with Republican leadership to talk about any way forward together," he continued.

"I mean this is the woman who really, I think, puts ideology first and there have been no results for the American people and that seems the direction they want to take again. I think it just doesn't make sense"

"So what are you saying?" asked Wallace. "It's a thumb in the eye to voters if she becomes the next House Democratic Leader?"

"I don't think that there's any question that this says to the voters, 'We're not listening to you. We think we're right. We're going to continue the same path,'" replied Cantor.

Many Democrats disagree with Cantor. "Nancy Pelosi's tenure as speaker continues to be one of the most productive and impressive in American history," Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said Friday.

"Boehner faces someone who has been enormously effective, and someone who is as good a vote counter as there is in modern politics," Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist that worked for Clinton, told NPR. "The shellacking doesn't fall on her - she's not in charge of the brand, especially when the party has control of the White House."

Upon learning that Pelosi was running for leader, the Republican National Committee replaced a big red sign reading "Fire Pelosi" on the front of their building with a sign reading "Hire Pelosi."

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