October 30, 2017
Wow, the Democrat Party is so disorganized that they can’t even figure out a way to fire this nasty old woman who is ruining them.
They can’t even stop the other nasty woman from going on a rampaging hate tour.
This is a disorganized group.
Nancy Pelosi wanted everyone to know that she had been here before and knew what to do.
“Let me just give you some hope,” the House Democratic leader told campaign donors on Oct. 17 at a private gathering on the patio of the Las Vegas Four Seasons Hotel. “Any time a president in office is below 50 percent in recent history, his party has lost the Congress in the next election.”
Her sample size was a bit small for comfort — in the past half-century, only the three most recent presidents have given up the House. But this was a pep talk, not an academic symposium.
Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat who has raised her party more than $633 million over the past 15 years, was on a seven-city, eight-day tour to show that the 2018 midterm campaign was in full swing. The Democratic effort to retake the House and return from the wilderness would probably rise or fall on the performance of one of the most polarizing figures in modern American politics.
“We have a plan and a vision to unify,” she told the donors, according to attendees.
After three decades in Congress, Pelosi, 77, makes an unlikely general to lead the troops into another change election. Her party, deemed elite and out of touch in 2016, is struggling to win back Midwestern working-class voters, and anger at Washington’s entrenched leaders is pretty much the only thing that unites the country.
But rather than shrink from the spotlight, Pelosi is once again in control — her party’s top fundraiser, senior midterm election strategist and top legislative negotiator, in partnership with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
She has for months led a rolling battle with the Trump agenda, setting a disciplined, pugilistic tone for her caucus and casting herself as the official face of the resistance. With substantial help from the opposition, she has been winning more than not, at least as measured by a growing number of competitive seats, her ability to outmaneuver Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and Trump’s low approval ratings.
“There are a lot of ways to skin a cat,” she likes to joke about the president. “And he is skinning himself.”
That doesn’t mean that anything is ordained. “It’s not a slam dunk,” she told the donors. Given all the things that can still go wrong, she was almost certainly understating the risk.
There is zero chance that the Democrats are winning back seats in 2018, unless something changes drastically. I don’t even know what Trump would have to do.
Not that it even matters for them. It’s whatever. They’re doing good as an opposition party. Getting that money, getting them interviews on the TV, doing that conspiracy.
Trump is the best antagonist they’ve ever had.