Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was recently pressed about the party’s strategy for the upcoming midterm elections during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” The response she offered is one of the most bizarre on record, with Pelosi telling the hosts to “forget history” as it applies to previous elections where Democrats were in a similar spot.
.@GStephanopoulos: “How worried are you about the midterms right now?” @SpeakerPelosi: “I don’t agonize, I organize. We fully intend to win this election…Forget history, we’re talking about future.” https://t.co/UiOZSt7ouE pic.twitter.com/HJG2NrkouO
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 13, 2022
Pelosi refused to officially comment on whether she would pursue another term in Congress when asked by host George Stephanopoulos. He suggested to her that when it came to the midterms, the Democrats might ‘debunk history,’ to which Pelosi replied “forget history… we’re talking about the future.” Pelosi also repeated the Democrat line that anything other than a total Democrat victory would be disastrous because what’s “at stake” is “our democracy.”
Pelosi somewhat acknowledged the fact that as a historical trend, the president’s party in power typically loses seats during the midterm election. However, this trend seemed not to bother her even though it was Republicans who largely bucked this trend during the midterm election under former President Donald Trump.
Stephanopoulos pressed Pelosi over questions of how “inflation… rising crime… [are] weighing down on President Biden’s approval ratings” as well as “Democrats [across the board] as we head into the midterms.” He also referenced the fact that a whopping 29 Democrats have announced their retirement, giving fresh openings in many districts. The last time this happened, as he pointed out, was in 1994 when the “Republican Revolution” took a full 52 seats in the House.
Pelosi’s response? That redistricting was the only real hope for Democrats to stay in power. She said: “We have decided to win and that’s what we will do… by redistricting.”
The current redistricted maps, particularly in regions like New York, represent the worst and most obvious gerrymandering seen in history and are currently a hot element in court battles. Despite the Democrats cheating and gerrymandering, the Cook Political Report notes that Republicans are still predicted as winning big and regaining control of the House in 2022.
Author: Bonnie Powell