What would you say if you were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and asked to predict the results of the 2022 midterm elections on live television?
Option 1: Adopt the predictions of pundits like FiveThirtyEight, who believe that Republicans have a 70% chance of taking control of the House, despite the fact that doing so might demoralize your core supporters, cause some of them to abstain from voting, and turn a favorable outcome for your side into a disastrous one.
Option Two: Make up a statement that will give your supporters some hope that going to the polls and voting might help you keep your position as speaker, such as the studio audience of a program like “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” even though you know that any viewer with even a modicum of common sense will doubt your mental stability in the wake of such a statement.
Since I like to think I have a modicum of common sense, I’m compelled to question if Pelosi’s decision to choose Option Two was influenced by anything like the mental process I described above.
I know, I said “national television” and Colbert only just counts as such, but Pelosi made an appearance on Colbert’s show on Tuesday night, and the host recalled her forecast from last year that Democrats would have a successful night in that year’s midterm elections, which they did.
After confirming her credibility, he requested a prognosis for 2022.
Here’s how a transcript of the interview posted to the House speaker’s website recorded what followed:
Speaker Pelosi: Okay, well thank you very much. I’m so glad you asked that question, because I believe that we will win the — hold the House, and we will hold the House —
By winning more seats. We won the forty seats, then we lost some when Trump was on the ballot. We lost some of the Trump districts, but we held enough seats to hold the House with him on the ballot. He’s not on the ballot now. Oh, did I say his name? I didn’t mean to.
Stephen Colbert: We’ll have the video tapes fumigated.
Speaker Pelosi: Perhaps you could bleep that out.
Stephen Colbert: It is a family show.
Given the cheers and laughs, I’m sure it was difficult for her to be understood.
However, Pelosi was able to force her way forward and mention former President Donald Trump in an offensive manner.
“But what gives you the confidence to do that because all the prognosticators, certainly six months ago, they said it was going to be this crazy red wave,” Colbert followed up. “Now it looks likely that the Democrats will hold the Senate, but there is still a slight favor for the Republicans to take the House.”
Pelosi began with an explanation that explained very nothing, leaving aside the query of how likely it is that the Democrats will control the Senate.
“When we won in 2020, and again, fewer seats, but still holding the House. We started right away to prepare for the next election. In terms of organization. Own the ground. When you mobilize, you must own the ground to take out the vote. You have to do that with inspiration and how we put together our messaging — and that’s the second ‘M.’ And the third is money. So we’re getting ready for the election. That was in December of 2020.”
Since Democrats have been acting in the same ways that Republicans and Democrats do in every election, it appears that the speaker of the House believes Democrats will prevail in November.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
That statement is so useless that if I were Pelosi, I’d fire the staffer responsible for posting it on my website… CONTINUE READING…