Prior to the recent elections, Democratic Party insiders and pollsters were predicting an expanded majority for the party in the House of Representatives.
As it turned out, Democrats actually lost several seats and barely clung to a now-reduced majority — but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not accepting any of the blame for her party’s underperformance in races across the country, as reported by Fox News.
“We’ll see in January”
She was asked to weigh in on the aftermath of the election during a news conference on Friday, specifically whether she felt responsible for any of those congressional losses.
“I accept credit for winning the majority and holding the House,” the defiant speaker responded.
Pelosi went on to acknowledge that her party “lost a few seats,” but chalked those losses up to the fact that they were won “in Trump districts” when the president was not on the ballot.
“I do believe with [Democratic presidential nominee Joe] Biden in the White House and a Democratic Congress and hopefully a Democratic Senate — we’ll see in January — we’ll be able to do great things for the American people,” she asserted.
According to Newsweek, House Democrats lost at least 10 seats in the 2020 election as of Friday, managing to flip just a percentage of those for a net loss of seven seats.
“We have the gavel”
With about a dozen races yet to be called, the news could get even worse for Pelosi’s party. Nevertheless, her focus remained on what she painted as the bigger picture.
“As I said, we’ve lost some battles, but we won the war,” she added. “We have the gavel. We have the gavel.”
The prospect of governing with the slimmest of majorities could become even more untenable given the infighting between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party.
Pelosi, however, maintained optimism by clinging to the mainstream media’s declaration that Democratic nominee Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential race.
As reported by KPIX, she dismissed the notion that the upcoming congressional session would necessitate more compromise on her part, declaring: “No, not at all. We have a president of the United States. We still have the power of the majority, but, on top of that, our leverage and our power is greatly enhanced by having a Democratic president in the White House, especially Joe Biden.”