Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) joined Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures this week to discuss the state of the Democratic Party, including rumors that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may retire soon.
According to Fox, the House Republican leader boasted about the likely red wave in the midterms next year, calling Pelosi a “lame duck speaker” on a “farewell tour” of reckless government expansion.
Pelosi, 81, is rumored to be in the twilight of her long government career, and she has not hidden the fact that her current term as speaker is likely her last.
McCarthy told Maria Bartiromo, who noted that she had reported about the Pelosi retirement rumors a few weeks ago on her show, that he suspects Pelosi will join an exodus of Democrats heading for the exits before the midterms.
“I wonder if Speaker Pelosi will even be here. She acts like a lame duck speaker, she seems that she’s on a farewell tour, going to Europe three times in three months,” he said.
The Republican also discussed his eight-hour speech to delay a vote on Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, which he denounced as a big-government power grab that Pelosi has called the “culmination” of her time in politics.
It certainly seems like a fitting ending to Pelosi’s long and rewarding government career.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) November 21, 2021
Losing is inevitable
Earlier this year, McCarthy provoked the ire of several Dems when he joked that he would take the speaker’s gavel from Pelosi next year and hit her with it. For her part, Pelosi has called McCarthy a “moron.”
There have been rumors that Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a radical demagogue who, as Fox News noted, called to “lock up” Kyle Rittenhouse while the teen was still on trial, is the favorite to take over from Pelosi.
McCarthy told Bartiromo that Americans are unhappy with the results of Democratic “one party rule,” and pointed to recent elections in Virginia as well as worrisome polling for the Democrats. “They know they are going to lose the majority. They know what their policies have done to America,” McCarthy said.
Republicans lead the Democrats by 10 points in the generic congressional ballot, the best early advantage for the GOP in forty years.