All that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.-D) does is win, win, win, even when her party lost, lost, lost.
The expected Blue wave did not take shape on Election Day and five of the most financially fortified Democratic campaigns lost bellwether races, leaving the Democrats with the narrowest House edge for either party in two decades.
“I take credit for winning a majority and holding the House,” the California Democrat said.
Questioned about whether a slim margin affects the Democratic Caucus and the House, Pelosi fired back, “May I remind you that we have a president of the United States. We have a president of the United States. That is so very important. Whether you’re in the minority or majority, and the president is in your party, you have the power.”
But do they use the power in the right way? There is a family feud on that with progressive and moderate Democrats.
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned whether the well-funded campaigns used their money wisely, noting to The New York Times that failed campaigns did not invest in Facebook for fundraising and volunteerism.
In one Texas race, Democratic challenger Candace Valenzuela lost to Republican incumbent Beth Van Duyne despite a third-quarter fundraising record of $2.44 million, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“It’s upsetting to all of us who are invested in having a Democratic majority so that we can expand health care, so that we can raise wages, so that we can protect working people,” Ocasio-Cortez said on a virtual town hall.
Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, is also disappointed in the losses, but more for the party’s approach. He told WAMU radio in Washington D.C. that progressive stances do not play well in all districts.
“I sometimes think our progressive friends don’t have that necessity of running both districts that are quite forward-leaning but parts of districts that are still pretty conservative,” Warner told WAMU.
We’ll see in 2022.