Quantcast

Gobsmacked House Dems Dish Blame for Election Losses on Pelosi, ‘Socialist’ Radicals

'This playing footsies with socialism is not going to win over most of America...'

(Headline USA) Their majority shrunk, House Democrats cast blame Thursday on their election message, ground game and leadership under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after expectations for big wins came crashing down by a stark reversal in Trump country.

They focused too narrowly on health care, when voters were also worried about the economy.

They opted not to to fight back when Republicans labeled them “socialists” aligned with the party’s most liberal firebrands.

They didn’t knock on doors to meet voters, focusing instead on phone calls, digital outreach and TV ads, due to the health risks of campaigning during the pandemic.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

They lost Latino voters in some places, and white, working class men in others.

They did not pass more COVID aid through Congress when Americans needed help most.

And perhaps most importantly, Democrats are coming to grips with the fact that whether President Donald Trump is e-elected or defeated by rival Joe Biden, they still have a problem understanding and winning over Trump voters.

“Is there something that we’re missing about these Trump voters?” said Rep. Ami Bera, D-Ca., a member of the House New Democrat Coalition. “Because we certainly saw a lot of Trump voters show up.”

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Lawmakers unloaded during a caucus call Thursday—Democratic freshman Rep. Abigail Spanberger, in a so-tight race in Virginia, spoke with “passion” about the party’s campaign failures, according to a person familiar with the private call and granted anonymity to discuss it.

Pelosi tried to remind them, they did, in fact, win: Biden is on the verge of replacing Trump, and House Democrats are on track to keep their majority, according to another person familiar with the call and granted anonymity to discuss it.

“We did not win every battle but we did win the war,” Pelosi said.

But expectations had been raised sky high for election night gains and that made the setbacks all the more disorienting.

A massive left-wing gaslighting effort in the polling industry was clearly a problem for both sides, strategists said. Republicans, too, thought they were heading toward losses but instead made gains.

Rather than bolstering their majority, as planned, Democrats lost a handful of freshman lawmakers who had just won in a 2018 midterm election backlash against the president.

They also failed to add to their ranks as Republicans defeated one Democratic challenger after another.

Asked what went wrong, one Democratic strategist granted anonymity to frankly run through the list shortcomings, said: “All of the above.”

Money, with the onslaught of campaign cash flowing to Democrats in an anti-Trump revolt, was the one thing on their side.

Key Democrats said the GOP attacks against them as wild-eyed “socialists” are damaging, as are some of the party’s most liberal proposals.

They cited the “defund the police” movement that calls for shifting law enforcement resources to social workers and other ways of revolving conflicts.

It gained prominence last summer during race riots sparked by the death of George Floyd. Democrats also were criticized this year as insufficiently supporting Israel because of a liberal proposals helping Palestinians.

“I think that the Democratic party needs to clearly push that we are not supportive of ideas like socialism or defunding the police or anti-Semitism,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a co-chair of the House’s centrist Blue Dog Coalition.

Several Democrats said the “socialist” label particularly harmed lawmakers who lost seats in Florida with its vast Cuban and Venezuelan communities who largely reject socialist ideologies.

Murphy said the House leadership team was putting “lipstick on a pig” by touting the overall election outcome as a success.

“This playing footsies with socialism is not going to win over most of America,” she said. “There’s no amount of lipstick that can cover up the fact that these far left ideas are costing us races.”

Other Democrats argued it was always going to be difficult to defend the House majority, which they won in 2018 by campaigning heavily on the promise—ultimately fulfilled—of impeaching Trump amid an expansive probe into Russian collusion that proved to be a falsely predicated hoax.

In defeating Democrats, Republicans filled many of the seats with more women and minority candidates than ever, after their ranks of both had dwindled to single digit numbers in the House.

Democratic freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who won re-election in Michigan, did so with a more narrow margin than she did in 2018.

“With President Trump on the ballot, it just drove enormous turnout that was almost impossible to surmount” in some areas, she said.

Other lawmakers in Oklahoma, New Mexico and South Carolina did not fare as well, and were defeated.

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., the brash former hockey player, delighted after the GOP wins in reminding people that Democrats laughed when he first rolled out the Republican plan for the election.

“Our message from day one was that the Democrats’ radical socialist agenda is a threat to middle-class Americans,” he said on Wednesday conference call with reporters.

The Democrats, he said, “should have listened.”

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

- Advertisement -

TRENDING NOW

Death Row Inmate Requests Firing Squad

(Associated Press) A convicted killer who is fighting a possible June execution date that would make him the first person put to death in...

Judge Says Maxine Waters’ Comments Could ‘Overturn’ Chauvin Verdict

(Associated Press) The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd on Monday called recent comments...

Apple Caves, Lets Parler Back into the App Store

(Headline USA) Apple said it has reached an agreement with the conservative social media app Parler that could lead to its reinstatement in the...

REPORT: Biden Admin to Release 400 Migrant Families Into U.S. Every Day

The Biden administration plans to release 400 migrant families into the country every day by mid-June as the surge of immigrants continues to overwhelm...

George W. Bush Resurfaces to Pitch for Amnesty for Illegals

Former president George W. Bush called for widespread amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants brought into the country as children. “Americans who favor a...

DeSantis: Florida Sued Biden for ‘Reckless Policy’ of Releasing Violent Aliens

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida sued President Joe Biden's administration so that it would be forced to "actually follow the law" and "the Constitution"...

Michigan Set to Make COVID Restrictions Permanent

Michigan is moving to make the state’s emergency coronavirus restrictions permanent. The state’s regulatory agencies extended their COVID-19 restrictions this week amid a surge in...

CNN’s Chris Cuomo: Change Will Only Happen When ‘White Kids Start Getting Killed’

CNN’s Chris Cuomo claimed gun control and criminal justice reform will only happen when “white people’s kids start getting killed.” “Shootings, gun laws, access to...

Facing MAGA Boycott, Coke Gets Big Boost from China and Global Markets

The self-sustaining eco-system of woke activism revealed itself during Coca-Cola's recent first-quarter financial reports as the company tapped growing Chinese markets to stem its...
- Advertisement -