The 2018 midterms are fast approaching.
And Nancy Pelosi is already measuring the drapes to once again become Speaker of the House.
But she has one big problem on her hands.
Democrat candidates across the country are running away from Nancy Pelosi.
She has become a major political liability for her party.
In the special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, the GOP held the seat by making Pelosi the central issue of the campaign.
Despite spending a combined 30 million dollars, Jon Ossoff and liberal groups could not overcome the GOP’s argument that a vote for Ossoff was a vote to put Pelosi in power.
Now Democratic candidates are scrambling to distance themselves from Pelosi.
Some are even saying they will not vote for her to be Speaker of the House should the Democrats win back control of Congress.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Democratic congressional candidates are increasingly trying to distance themselves from unpopular House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Paul Davis is just the latest Democratic congressional candidate willing to throw Pelosi under the bus. Davis, previously the Democratic nominee for governor of Kansas, is running in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins.
Davis announced his opposition to the House Minority Leader during his campaign kickoff event, indicating that Pelosi’s unpopularity will be something Davis embraces — rather than endures — as a campaign issue.
“This is a broken Congress right now, and I think the leaders of both political parties bear responsibility for that,” the Kansas City Star quoted him as saying. “And I think that we need new leadership in both political parties.”
Even Democrats who say they will vote for Pelosi to be Speaker are trying to keep a safe distance from her.
The Daily Caller also reports:
“Even Democrats who declined to explicitly oppose Pelosi still harshly criticized her in interviews with McClatchy.
David Kim, running as a Democrat in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, compared Pelosi unfavorably to congressional Democrats’ favorite boogeyman: Vladimir Putin.
“President Putin probably has a better approval rating in Georgia than Nancy Pelosi,” said Kim.”
Democrats believe the political environment in 2018 will favor them.
Out-of-power parties traditionally gain seats in midterm elections.
But if the Republicans can nationalize the race around Pelosi it could motivate their base to turnout.
If that happens – and Congress delivers on the Trump agenda – Republicans will stem the tide and keep their losses to a minimum or even gain seats.
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