House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went into last week’s election with hopes of reclaiming the Senate for Democrats and building on the party’s House majority. But things didn’t quite work out that way.
Now, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is predicting that Pelosi and Democrats’ reign of control over the House could soon be over.
According to The Hill, McCarthy “guaranteed” in an interview with The Washington Post this week “that Republicans, two years from now, will win the handful of seats needed to reclaim power in the lower chamber.”
“We’re the ones who won”
The interview came as Republicans appear to be set to retain control of the Senate and have taken a number of seats in the House, giving Dems what ABC News said could be “the slimmest House majority in 20 years.”
Indeed, the GOP significantly outperformed the expectations of pollsters, as many observers had forecasted the party would end up in a reduced minority. It’s a situation that has McCarthy optimistic about Republicans’ prospects.
“We have never been stronger in the sense of what the future holds for us — we have never been in a stronger position,” the minority leader told The Washington Post, according to The Hill.
“We won this by adding more people to the party,” he added. “And we won this in an atmosphere where we were the one group that everyone guaranteed we would lose. And we’re the ones who won.”
Warnings on both sides
McCarthy also suggested in his interview with the Post that Democrats faltered in their messaging.
“The Democrats praised socialism and advocated to defund the police,” he told the paper, as The Hill reported. By contrast, McCarthy said, “[o]ur members made a commitment to America, that they would restore our way of life, rebuild our economy and renew the American dream.”
Even Democrats seem to be feeling like their message to Americans was misaligned this election season. Major divisions in the party made themselves evident during a caucus call last week that was leaked to the press. On it, Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) echoed McCarthy’s claim that progressive rhetoric had damaged Dems’ chances down the ballot.
“We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger told her colleagues, according to Breitbart. “We need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again,” she added, warning that Democrats would “get f*****g torn apart” in 2022 if they don’t change their strategy.
Only time will tell if Pelosi and company heed the warnings from in and out of their party.