Pelosi can still get votes and as minority leader she is the voice of dems in the House.
Over the past two years, Pelosi has had very little control over her caucus. They aren't following her lead as much as Republicans followed Boehner's. Besides, her own members aren't going to be particularly concerned with abiding by Pelosi's wishes with an election looming.
Her ability to deliver votes is of very little significance, because she has shown an inability to do so for the past two years. If there is anyone to look to, it's Hoyer, not Pelosi. So, she might be the voice of Democrats in the House, but they quite simply do not matter in this process.
The republicans absolutely must start compromising on certain issues, this being one.
Why should they compromise on something that will raise taxes on the middle class in one year? That's all he's proposing: a one-year extension. Then what? We re-fight this battle? If Obama were so concerned with actual reform, he would have either done so when he had Democratic majorities or he would've followed Simpson-Bowles.
All this is simply lip service. Republicans should recognize such.
This post was edited on 7/9 at 11:24 am