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Earlier this week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she is running for yet another congressional term in a video that bizarrely focused on “the children” as justification.
But her announcement came amid growing signs that her Democratic Party is getting extremely desperate and believes a massive red wave is coming in November, even though Pelosi is safely ensconced in one of the bluest congressional districts in the country.
Red State explains:
People have been predicting a red wave in November.
We’ve been reporting on how they’re in deep trouble even more than they would be normally in a midterm election that tends to run against the party in power. That’s because of the horrible numbers on Joe Biden, Republicans gaining in party preference for the election, and at this point, 29 Democrats who are retiring/leaving office in the House. Almost twice as many Democrats as Republicans are not running again. 72 percent of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction. All of that is not looking good for the Democrats as the party in power.
Now, there are more signs that Democrats are antsy and don’t expect to do well in the midterms: Justice Stephen Breyer’s decision to retire now rather than wait.
Some have speculated that Breyer is finally responding to the pressure campaign he has been exposed to by the hard-left of the Democratic Party, but Red State sees another reason for the retirement. More than anything, Breyer is a liberal; he likely sees a red wave coming, too, and thinks now is a good time to step down to give a Democrat-controlled Senate the opportunity to nominate and confirm a like-minded liberal to a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court.
Also, as Red State notes: “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is adding seven members to their list of incumbents who may be at risk — who they consider more “vulnerable” who are going to face tough races. That list now has 35 members on it adding Reps. Greg Stanton (D-AZ), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Bill Foster (D-IL), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA).”
The GOP needs to flip just five seats in order to win back control of the House; one to flip the Senate. And as increasingly looks like a red wave is indeed coming, the million-dollar question is how big will it be — a ripple, a wave, or a tsunami?
Also, Democrats are not flocking to Joe Biden to help them campaign, very likely because his approval rating is lower than the Grand Canyon and is continuing to fall. Also, the key issues tanking his rating aren’t likely to improve anytime soon: Inflation, a wide-open southwest border, a supply chain crisis, and foreign policy stumbles:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was asked if people were running as “Biden Democrats,” Hoyer dodged the question saying, “I want every Democrat to run as ‘Democrats who deliver.’” Swing-state Senate candidates — like Abby Finkenauer in Iowa, Val Demings in Florida, and Cheri Beasley in North Carolina — are avoiding talking about Biden and when asked if she wanted Biden to campaign for her, Demings deflected, saying, “I am running my race.”
As for Pelosi, while she announced her reelection campaign, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page noted an interesting point from Pelosi’s video.
“Pelosi faced an approaching deadline–filing for the CA primaries is from 2/14 to 3/11. Her announcement she’s running again keeps her from being a lame duck and helps protect her fundraising prowess. But note that she doesn’t promise to serve another full term,” Page wrote.
The correspondent noted that by filing, Pelosi can continue raising money for Democrats; but the Speaker did not, however, actually say she would serve another term.