As the 2020 elections approached, many observers predicted that Democrats would increase the size of their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. But rather than win seats, a number of Democrats ended up going down to defeat, giving Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her caucus the slimmest majority in the lower chamber in decades.
Republicans are out to inflict more losses in 2022, when every member of the House is up for re-election. And according to Fox News, the GOP hopes their efforts to take back the lower chamber will push Pelosi out of the speakership “once and for all.”
Forcing Pelosi into retirement
The comments reportedly came from National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN), who had put out a statement Wednesday naming no less than 47 House Democrats who the GOP has their sights set on going into the midterms.
Emmer said Republicans will put extra resources into defeating these Dems, calling their seats “prime pick-up opportunities.”
“We’re going to retire Speaker Pelosi once and for all,” Emmer vowed, as Fox News reported.
In his Wednesday statement, Emmer said “House Republicans start the cycle just five seats short of a majority and are prepared to build on our 2020 successes to deliver a lasting Republican majority in the House.”
“We will stay laser-focused on recruiting talented and diverse candidates, aggressively highlighting Democrats’ socialist agenda and raising enough resources to win,” he declared.
GOP eyes “offensive opportunities”
According to Fox, Emmer said the nearly four dozen “offensive opportunities” being targeted by the GOP “include 29 Battleground Democrats where President [Joe] Biden lost the district [in November] or where the 2020 presidential or congressional margin was within 5%.”
Republicans are also looking at “8 Underperforming Democrats, who won by less than 10% and underperformed the presidential ballot margin,” and “10 Redistricting Watch Democrats, who currently represent districts in states gaining or losing seats during the reapportionment, or represent districts in states that have a redistricting commission,” Emmer said.
While Republicans are certainly right to prepare, however, flipping some blue seats red in 2022 might not be as challenging as they think. As Emmer intimated Wednesday, many new policies being implemented by President Biden will likely drive voters to cast a ballot for the GOP in the midterms.
“We are just a few weeks into the Biden Administration and Americans are already seeing the job-killing initiatives House Democrats support,” he said in his Wednesday statement, referring to Biden’s move to nix further construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, among other executive orders and policy proposals.
“We will relentlessly hold House Democrats accountable for their socialist agenda and ensure voters understand the damaging impact policies like defunding the police, government-run health care, and ending the Keystone XL Pipeline will have on Americans’ everyday lives,” Emmer said of the GOP. It’s nice to know that at least someone in Washington is looking out for Americans’ best interests.