Speaker Pelosi wrote in an e-mail blast from the DCCC last week that “Democrats will keep control of the House. Period.”
Nancy Pelosi reportedly chastised White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, in a closed door meeting with House Democrats last week after he admitted on Meet the Press that there are enough seats up for grabs in November that it is possible that Democrats could lose their majority in Congress.
Gibbs’ remarks came after a month of out of touch statements made by the Republican leadership in Congress. For one, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) made news when in a House Energy Committee meeting with BP Executives regarding the Gulf oil spill, he apologized to the CEO of BP for having been asked by the President to put up a $20 billion fund for victims of the oil spill, calling it a “shake-down.”
Then, on Fox News Sunday last week, Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) told Mike Wallace that the $658 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy don’t need to be paid for, but that the $56 billion in unemployment extensions and tax credits to small businesses do need to be “offset” with cuts elsewhere. In other words, free money to the wealthy, good,unemployment insurance benefits to working people, bad.
Lastly, on the day that the Financial Reform Bill passed the Senate, the Minority Leader in the House, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), compared the recession and the market collapse that caused it, to an ant and said that the reform bill was like using nukes to kill that ant.
All of this came after several attempts by Senate Democrats to extend unemployment benefits to the 2.5 million people who will have exhausted all 99 weeks of unemployment insurance as of July 31. All forty Republicans, plus Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska voted no to extending those benefits.
These remarks are just the tip of the iceberg of republican voices that agree with Boehner, Barton and Kyl. Clearly, these statements beg the question: Whose side are they on? Even still, the storyline that media personalities are pushing is that November will be a tide election against the Democrats, basing it on the “conventional wisdom” that in any mid-term election, the party in the majority loses seats.
Conventional wisdom said that the 2008 Presidential Elections were going to be a matchup between Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. So much for conventional wisdom. Furthermore, with statements like these, Democrats wouldn’t even have to tout the fact that they passed the first piece of healthcare legislation in the history of the nation that makes access to healthcare a right and not a privilege, the most sweeping financial reform since the Great Depression and managed to stem off a second Great Depression with the passage of the Recovery Act in the first month of Pres. Obama’s first term.
All Democrats really need to do is remind Americans that if the House were to go to the Republicans, John “the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression is like an ant” Boehner would become the Speaker of the House and would set the legislative agenda. Boehner, just last week, called for a “moratorium” on regulation for a year. Because of course, who needs regulations for oil companies or Wall Street derivatives and big banks and health insurance companies?
To quote Speaker Pelosi: “While some Washington pundits are claiming that Republicans have the momentum, I remain more confident in our chances for victory…”