"We didn't lose the election because of me. In any circumstance when you have nine-and-half percent unemployment, any party that cannot turn that into political gain should hang up the gloves. ... The reason they had to try to take me down is because I've been effective in fighting the special interests in Washington, D.C. I'm also the most significant attractor of support for the Democrats. So I'm not looking back on this. They asked me to run. I'm running."

-- Nancy Pelosi, current Speaker of the House and likely future Minority Leader, on Democratic losses in the midterm elections.

[H/T: The Wall Street Journal]