Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is ringing the alarm bells for Democratic candidates in the 2020 election. Basically, if they keep lurching leftward, Democrats won’t win in key states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. Very true but it’s way too late to correct the Dems political course here. Americans have gotten a bellyful of the left’s Marxism and vitriol and it is pushing them right into Trump’s outstretched arms in the next election.
Speaking at a Bloomberg News roundtable on Friday, Pelosi actually made fun of liberal ideas, such as “Medicare for All” and “The Green New Deal” that are being pushed by candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Those two candidates are using those issues to fire up Democrats on social media. Pelosi noted that what wins in her home district in San Francisco, California, isn’t what wins in states where Democrats have struggled to remain competitive, and where voter bases are more moderate. That would mean most of the country and Pelosi knows it.
From The Daily Wire:
“Instead, Pelosi said, Democrats should focus on what wins in the Rust Belt, because voters in decidedly “blue” states will respond to those policies, too.
“What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan,” Pelosi said, according to Yahoo News. “What works in Michigan works in San Francisco — talking about workers’ rights and sharing prosperity.”
“Remember November,” Pelosi added. “You must win the Electoral College.”
“She’s not wrong. Democrats learned in 2016 that the Rust Belt was more volatile than expected; blue collar, working class Democrats responded well to now-President Donald Trump’s message of economic populism and immigration control and switched parties to cast a ballot for the New York City real estate developer over 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“States like Michigan, Wisconsin, and even Florida — where panhandle Democrats also swapped parties — ultimately cost Clinton the presidency, and Pelosi, clearly playing the long game, knows the same thing could happen if nominee Warren or Sanders pushes a platform with massive federal expansions like a “Green New Deal” or “Medicare for All.”
“At Friday’s event, Pelosi also took aim at Warren’s Medicare for All proposal specifically, calling it, essentially, a pipe dream with a sky-high price tag, according to The Hill.
“I’m not a big fan of Medicare for All,” Pelosi said, referencing Warren’s signature agenda item. “I mean I welcome the debate, I think that we should have health care for all.”
“There is a comfort level that some people have with their current private insurance that they have, and if that is to be phased out, let’s talk about it, but let’s not just have one bill that would do that,” she continued, also noting that Medicare for All could be “expensive.”
“We have invited advocates for it to testify in Congress, in the Ways and Means Committee, in the Budget Committee, in the Rules Committee, being respectful of the point of view,” she explained, but, ultimately, Democrats have repeatedly declined to press the plan.
“Instead, Pelosi suggested, candidates should focus on a message that incorporates “healthcare for all.”
“That’s not likely. Warren is using Medicare for All to distinguish herself from other candidates in the field, and to appeal to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ base, probably on the theory that even die-hard Sanders supporters don’t believe he’s likely to be the nominee. She’s pressing the issue, though, even as critics point out that there’s no way she can pay for a Medicare for All-type system without increasing taxes on the middle class or, at least, those who fall below the threshold for being considered part of the “1%.”
“Sanders is, of course, honest about the cost of his plan, suggesting that those who would see their taxes rates rise (including those in the middle class) would also see their health care costs decline, making the tax hike worthwhile.
“Pelosi has been working hard to curb the more progressive members of her party for nearly two years, since a “squad” of far-left politicians, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), entered Congress. She’s tangled more than once with Ocasio-Cortez and other newly elected progressives, even over the issue of impeachment.”
I don’t know if Pelosi figured impeachment would satisfy her leftist base and cause them to moderate but it won’t. And they won’t listen to her on this either which again almost certainly guarantees Trump a second term.
As RedState put it: “The entire Democrat field is promoting policies from gun control, to Medicare for All, to transexual voodoo, to open borders immigration that are popular in the salons of the upper crust sections of two or three states but leave the average American thinking “WTF, I mean WT-f***ing-F”?”
“As a left-wing San Francisco liberal I can say to these people: What are you thinking?” Pelosi told reporters at the event. “You can ask the left — they’re unhappy with me for not being a socialist.”
In addition to expressing a desire to not “keep increasing” the national debt, the California congresswoman also commented on the Green New Deal: “There’s very strong opposition on the labor side to the Green New Deal because it’s like 10 years, no more fossil fuel. Really?” That should really enflame Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. But it won’t change their minds or tactics.
Pelosi was likely referring to her high profile brushes with the four liberal congresswomen known as “The Squad.” But Pelosi’s power is not what it used to be and these socialists are determined to have their way. It’s political suicide but they are too ignorant to listen to Pelosi. That’s great news for Trump.