The Democratic Party has made it quite clear over the past decade or so that they generally view white working-class males with thinly disguised contempt and disdain.
One undeniable example of that is recently revealed footage from 2010 that showed then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blaming jobless white men who “get in a mood” for the devastatingly bad results for Democrats in that year’s midterm elections, the New York Post reported.
Pelosi’s blame of out-of-work white males for substantial Democratic losses in that election was intended to divert blame away from the broadly palpable anger and resentment of many Americans at that time over the manner in which Pelosi’s Democrats had rammed through Congress the passage of the Affordable Care Act over staunch Republican objections.
Pelosi blames the “white male thing” for Democratic losses
“Hey, Mr. President, not a good night,” Speaker Pelosi said to then-President Barack Obama in a phone call on the evening of Nov. 2, 2010, according to Fox News.
Pelosi was quick to assure Obama that it wasn’t the outraged opposition of the American people to the Democratic Party’s push to take over the nation’s healthcare system that led to the electoral shellacking, but rather that it was white males who were unable to find work that had fueled the “red wave” election that granted control of the House to the Republicans.
“Our members have said they don’t regret their health care bill right across the board,” the California congresswoman said. “Even if we never passed health care reform, we were still going to lose this election because of 9.5 percent unemployment. ‘Cause it wasn’t about that, it was about jobs.”
“The White male thing is just — that’s a dominant thing. When they don’t have a job, they get in a mood,” Pelosi added. “And, um, so we’ll have to make some decisions in our caucus about how we go forward.”
New Pelosi documentary released
Those revelatory remarks from the top House Democrat were reportedly seen in a new documentary for HBO titled “Pelosi in the House” which was filmed, directed, and produced by the Speaker’s documentarian daughter, Alexandra Pelosi.
The documentary purportedly “offers a candid, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life of her mother and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, through her career milestones leading up to the inauguration of President Joseph Biden in January 2021.”
Filmed “over the course of three decades, ‘Pelosi in the House’ provides a unique, longitudinal window into the life of a longstanding Democratic politician and history in the making.”
Lack of jobs was a reason, but not the main reason
The Washington Examiner reported that Speaker Pelosi’s phone call with then-President Obama came in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections in which Republicans gained a net total of 63 seats and majority control of the House of Representatives.
That election also resulted in Pelosi losing her speakership and being forced to turn the gavel over to her eventual GOP replacement, former Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), and become the House Minority Leader, though she would also eventually reclaim that gavel and status as Speaker following the 2018 midterm elections.
Pelosi’s shifting of the blame for the 2010 Democratic losses from anger over the Affordable Care Act to jobless white men “in a mood” is highly revisionist but not entirely inaccurate.
According to Fox News, most political analysts at the time of the 2010 elections pointed to three major things as the primary reasons for the stark Republican gains — the deep unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act, frustration over the dismal economic situation and flat recovery following the 2008 recession, and the complete lack of any “shovel-ready jobs” that had been repeatedly promised by Obama to help sell the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act legislation.