Although Capitol Hill Democrats went into last week’s election with high expectations of a “blue wave,” things haven’t panned out the way that many have hoped.
In addition to not retaking the Senate, Democrats lost seats in the House of Representatives. What’s more, Republicans strengthened their hold on state legislatures ahead of next year’s redistricting. Yet for some reason, that reality didn’t seem to register with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The House speaker struck a strangely optimistic tone, with the Washington Examiner quoting her as telling reporters that she regards the results as “as an opportunity.”
“I think Joe Biden has a big mandate — a bigger mandate than John F. Kennedy when I was in school, and a bigger mandate than others,” Pelosi claimed.
A divided party
“It’s pretty exciting for the country because he respects every single person in our country,” Pelosi went on, adding, “We lost some battles, but we won the war. We have the gavel.”
Pelosi’s claims are debatable. After days of vote counting in a very close race, Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election on Saturday by media outlets; President Donald Trump has not conceded and is pressing numerous legal challenges related to voting irregularities. According to the reported results as of Sunday night, nearly 71 million Americans voted for Trump, while just over 75 million voted for Biden — certainly not the repudiation of Trumpism that Democrats hoped for.
Regardless, rather than pursuing any kind of an agenda, it looks as though the long-time San Francisco representative is going to have a hard time holding her caucus together — that is, if the House votes to give her the Speaker’s gavel again.
That was evident from a leaked conference call in which more moderate Democratic representatives lashed out at members of the party’s progressive wing, blaming them for the loss of winnable seats.
Moderates blast progressives for saying the quiet part out loud
As reported by Breitbart, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) was among those taking aim at the far-left talking points she blamed for nearly losing her race. “We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger said of the controversial position embraced by some Democrats following the death of George Floyd.
The Virginia congresswoman also fired a shot at self-described democratic socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), saying, “We need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again.”
Spanberger, who barely managed to keep her seat in the House this round, went on to express her anger over having “lost good members” and predicted that the party “will get f*****g torn apart” if it doesn’t take a new direction.
Even veteran Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) sounded concerned about the future, stating that if “we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win.” No kidding.