Monday, February 05, 2018

NRCC Promises To Smear Every Democratic Candidate With Ugly GOP Sexism About Pelosi


Back in early December we were warning Democratic candidates to start inoculating themselves immediately from the sure GOP attack that is coming-- "my opponent" is a Nancy Pelosi puppet." Remember when God tried to kill scores of Republicans on the train last week? It didn't work and they managed to get to West Virginia where they immediately started plotting how to thwart the 2018 wave.

"No one knows how to run against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi better than Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)," wrote Jonathan Allen. "In 2010, he made her the central figure in his campaign to win a rematch against Mary Jo Kilroy, the Democratic incumbent who had defeated him by little more than 2,000 votes in 2008." That was a Republican wave cycle, so let's not kid ourselves.
"Her record mirrors Pelosi's," Stivers said back then. "Really, my focus is going to be on Pelosi and Kilroy." Across the country that year, anti-Pelosi ads were a fixture in Republican campaigns, and Stivers, who ended up winning Round 2 by a whopping 13 percentage points, became part of a freshman class that delivered the House back into GOP hands after Pelosi's four-year run as speaker

. Now, as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Stivers is charged with fending off a Democratic wave and keeping the GOP's House majority in this year's midterm elections.

And he's dusting off the old playbook.

"Nancy Pelosi has stayed in the spotlight," Stivers explained said this week as he outlined the GOP's fall campaign plan at a news conference on the sidelines of a congressional Republican retreat here.

The question is whether Pelosi is as toxic now, with Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, as she was then.

Republicans are certain that she is.

On Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence told Republicans here that Pelosi is “out of touch with the American people” because she described corporate bonuses of $1,000 as "crumbs" compared to the benefits the wealthy will receive under President Donald Trump's signature tax cut.

The next day, in front of the same audience of House and Senate Republicans, Trump likened the remark to Hillary Clinton's formulation that half of Trump's 2016 campaign supporters were "deplorables."

Some Democrats fear that the prospect of Pelosi taking the speaker's gavel from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), will hurt their party's chances in swing districts. Her approval ratings have hovered just below 30 percent. And Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate running for the House in a western Pennsylvania special election next month, has said he would not vote for Pelosi to lead the party if he's elected.
Conor Lamb is a worthless conservative in an impossible district-- very red and, unlike Alabama, without enthused, fired up minority voters. The Republicans don't need to try to smear him with Pelosi to win there. In Alabama Doug Jones acknowledged that he won his narrow victory because the super-charged Africa-American turnout (29% of the total vote) went for him by 96% (among black women, it was 98%!). PA-18 is over 93% white and just 2.3% black and 1.1% Hispanic. The DCCC is running a Republican-lite candidate, just as they wish they could everywhere. And the Republican, Rick Saccone, isn't a psychotic and a child molester the way Jones' opponent is. Lamb can out of the same assembly line that made Jon Ossoff. The DCCC should have found someone like Randy IronStache Bryce if they wanted to make a stand in that district. Or Texan Derrick Crowe, who told us that "Ossoff lost because he refused to fight for key progressive values, concern-trolled government spending like a Republican, and didn't live in the district. His campaign also lacked message discipline and kept throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what would stick. When that's the campaign you run, you let the other side define you, and you don't sufficiently inspire your base to close the gap for you. To put it mildly, that's not the campaign we're running here in TX-21. A vote for me is a vote for a clear set of progressive values that puts us on the side of the working class against corporate power and the billionaires. Anyone who wants my vote for Speaker of the House will have to demonstrate that they are the best vehicle to advance those values in Congress."

And Pelosi isn't the only national leader who most voters hate. Paul Ryan is even more despised than Pelosi-- although the DCCC doesn't understand how to turn that into votes. They're so pathetic. Recent polling has Ryan's unfavorable rating at 49.3%, compared to 48.7% for Pelosi.
But Pelosi's team says Republicans aren't living in the real world if they think a national campaign against her can overcome Trump's poor approval ratings-- he's been below 40 percent in most polls-- and the enthusiasm of Democratic voters.

"While we appreciate the ability of Republicans to whip themselves into the delusion that they're on offense, the herd of retiring Republican chairmen stampeding out the door is bold evidence to the contrary," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said. "No amount of petty and pathetic attacks will mask the lethal combination of a Republican Congress held captive to a special interest agenda and a president with historically abysmal approval ratings."

Facing the likelihood of a well-funded Democratic challenger, New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, announced this week that he won't run for re-election in a district he's held since 1994. Two days later, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he won't seek another term.

Pelosi's right in noting that powerful GOP committee chairmen are retiring in droves. Some of them, like Gowdy, represent solidly Republican districts. But others, like Frelinghuysen and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California, are abandoning districts that could swing to Democrats in November.

Pelosi's allies note that Ryan has poor approval ratings, suggesting that he's as vulnerable to becoming an anchor for Republicans candidates as Pelosi is for Democrats. But, of course, Democrats are likely to focus more on Trump as they try to persuade Republican and independent voters that they will fight his agenda.

They're emboldened by the fact that Republicans hold 23 districts in which Clinton defeated Trump in 2016, as well as historical trends that suggest the out-of-power party will pick up seats in a midterm election. And Democrats have won both dozens of competitive down-ballot campaigns in the last year and a few big races in recent months, including a Senate seat in Alabama and the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey.

They're excited about the possibility of a wave election that returns them to power in the House.

But Stivers said the race to look at is last June's special House election in the Atlanta suburbs, where Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by about 3 percentage points. It was a close contest despite Republicans' dominance in the district for decades.

While some Democrats took that as a sign of a rising wave of enthusiasm for their candidates, Stivers says it shows just how tough it will be for them to recapture control of the House. He then listed several of the 23 Clinton districts represented now by House Republican incumbents that are based in suburban areas similar to those of Handel's district.

"It is the kind of district that the Democratic majority runs through," he said.

After the Georgia election, Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Pelosi should step down in the interests of the party's chances in this year's midterm elections.

"Her time has come and gone," Rice said on MSNBC. "Do I think it’s fair that the Republican playbook over the last four election cycles has been attacking Nancy Pelosi and demonizing her? No that's not fair. But guess what, it works. They’re winning."

For the time being, however, the more-recent Democratic victories in special and off-year elections around the country appear to have quieted criticism of Pelosi from within her own caucus.

The challenge now for Republicans is to make enough noise about Pelosi to drown out Democrats' anti-Trump messaging. That could be a tall order.
It's likely that the Maine legislature's popular Majority Whip, Jared Golden, is going to replace Wall Street swamp creature Bruce Poliquin in Congress. He's not afraid of Maine voters mixing him up with Nancy Pelosi. "It’s time for a new generation of leaders in Washington. My support will go to the leader that shows me they care about and understand the priorities of working class people-- it’s got to be someone serious about rebuilding an economy that doesn’t leave small rural states like Maine behind. I want to serve with leaders that demonstrate they have the courage to fight for progressive values and the ability to work across the aisle to deliver results. We need service-driven leaders who will do what’s best for this country and I believe that’s to fight for the great majority-- working and middle class people."

Jess King running in southeast Pennsylvania had a similar perspective. "Working families in Pennsylvania are angry at the corporate establishment in both parties. Too many Democrats have spent too much time chasing the donations of multi-millionaires, and that's led a lot of voters to distrust politicians. We're rebuilding that trust in Pennsylvania by putting forward a vision of an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected in Washington. That means Medicare-for-all, debt-free public college, and a humane pathway to citizenship for our immigrant brothers and sisters. And it also means elevating a new generation of leaders in the Democratic Party, leaders who will fight to level the playing field for working families instead of cutting deals with Wall Street donors." That's what voters want to hear even more than nonsense about not voting for Pelosi. She's inoculated.

The only candidate who I could find who even semi-defended Pelosi was Alan Grayson in Orlando, a courageous guy who served with her. "The GOP wishes that it had a leader like Nancy Pelosi. Look at their own leaders-- reviled by their own rank-and-file, and deservedly so. Actually, let’s do that-- let’s look at the GOP Speakers since the Great Depression: Joe Martin was a 'who’s that?'; Newt Gingrich was a jackwagon; Denny Hastert was a pervert puppet operated by an exterminator; John Boehner was a drunk; and Paul Ryan is a do-nothing nobody. So when they attack Pelosi, projection much?"

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At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pelosi **IS** the problem with the democraps. But not for her liberalness (which is utterly laughable), whatever that means to the brain damaged voters on the right.

She is the money's iron boot in the house who enforces what can and cannot happen when the Ds somehow forge another majority.

Of course, many candidates are picked and bought by Pelosi. so they are truly her puppets. But even the good candidates will be impotent to affect anything progressive because she and her hand-picked, bought puppets will be chairing committees, spiking progressive lege, dressing up shit lege as passable to voters, preventing oversight, and so forth.

Ditto for scummer in the senate, though a D majority in the senate is very unlikely even with the trump/mcturtle stink.

Or do we not remember 2006 - 2009?


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