PELOSI: No, it doesn't. No, it doesn't. And I served for seven years on the Ethics Committee. The last thing I would have wanted would be for the speaker of the House to interfere in a political way in what was going on there. That just should never happen.
But the fact is, is that what Mr. Rangel has been admonished for is not good. It was a violation of the rules of the House. It was not something that jeopardized our country in any way.
So it remains to be seen what the rest of the work of the committee is, and I hope it will be soon. But, again, it's independent, and they go with their own -- they go at their own pace.
VARGAS: Let's talk a bit about the coming elections in November. You had recently -- and the Tea Party movement. Do you think it will be a force to be reckoned with? You had said last summer that it was a faux grassroots movement; you called it the Astroturf movement.
PELOSI: In some respects.
VARGAS: Is the Tea Party movement a force?
PELOSI: No -- no, what I said at the time is, that they were -- the Republican Party directs a lot of what the Tea Party does, but not everybody in the Tea Party takes direction from the Republican Party. And so there was a lot of, shall we say, Astroturf, as opposed to grassroots.
But, you know, we share some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interest in Washington, D.C., as -- it just has to stop. And that's why I've fought the special interest, whether it's on energy, whether it's on health insurance, whether it's on pharmaceuticals and the rest.
VARGAS: So common ground with many people in the Tea Party movement?
PELOSI: There are some because, they -- again, some of it is orchestrated from the Republican headquarters. Some of it is hijacking the good intentions of lots of people who share some of our concerns that we have about -- about the role of special interests.
And many Tea Partiers, not that I speak for them, share the view, whether it's -- and Democrats, Republicans and independents share the view that the recent Supreme Court decision, which greatly empowers the special interests, is something that they oppose.
VARGAS: Finally, President Obama, when asked to rate his year in office, gave himself a B-plus. How would you rate yourself in the past year?
PELOSI: Well, I have a -- I think I get an A for effort. And in the House of Representatives, my mark is the mark of our members. We have passed every piece of legislation that is part of the Obama agenda, whether it's the creation of jobs, expanding access to health care, creating new green jobs for the future, regulatory reform. We have passed the full agenda.
VARGAS: Are you frustrated so many bills have not -- have been stalled in the Senate, almost 300 bills passed by the House that are sitting languishing in the Senate?
PELOSI: And most of those bills have bipartisan support, strong bipartisan support in the House that have gone over there. But that -- you know what that's about? That's about -- and it's very important for you to know -- that's about the Republican delay tactics.
By requiring 60 votes on some simple legislation that Harry Reid always gets -- has the votes for, but he doesn't have the time to go through the procedural day after day where you have to wait days for the time to go by in order to get the 60 votes. That's how it works in the Senate.