Nancy Pelosi The Not so Foxy and the Grapes

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Nancy Pelosi The Not so Foxy and the Grapes

Via Drudge McClatchy reports that Democ­rats des­per­ate to find any­thing that resem­bles vic­tor are find­ing some hope deep in a few state leg­isla­tive races:

In a party des­per­ate for vic­to­ries, Demo­c­ra­tic can­di­dates are find­ing the most suc­cess in little-​noticed state leg­isla­tive races. They’ve already won four seats pre­vi­ously under Repub­li­can con­trol, some of them in bat­tle­ground dis­tricts that split evenly between Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Party lead­ers say it’s a sign that they are ben­e­fit­ting from a broad back­lash to the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, one that failed to lift a quar­tet of spe­cial elec­tion U.S. House can­di­dates — includ­ing Jon Ossoff in Geor­gia or Rob Quist in Mon­tana — to vic­to­ries of their own.

In one respect this is not that huge a sur­prise. After all in 2014 the GOP had a spec­tac­u­lar year on the state level.

On the state level, the wave con­tin­ued. State leg­is­la­tures are also now con­trolled by Repub­li­cans. That trans­lates to 68 out of 98 leg­isla­tive cham­bers accord­ing to Real Clear Pol­i­tics, who also notes that 23 Guber­na­to­r­ial offices are now held by Repub­li­cans in states where both houses are also under Repub­li­can control.

Politico noted that Repub­li­cans gained more than 300 seats in leg­is­la­tures and con­trols leg­is­la­tures in 29 states; the biggest gains since the 1920’s.

And in 2016 things, as Bal­lot­pe­dia reports, things con­tin­ued to improve

Repub­li­cans flipped 138 seats while Democ­rats flipped 95 seats. The Repub­li­can Party’s share of seats in state leg­is­la­tures increased by 43 seats across the coun­try. Repub­li­cans con­trolled 4,161 (56.4 per­cent) of the 7,383 leg­isla­tive seats head­ing into the election.

In 2010 and 2014, Repub­li­cans won hun­dreds of for­merly Democratic-​held state leg­isla­tive seats across the United States. These past suc­cesses put them at a rel­a­tively greater par­ti­san risk in 2016, since the GOP held a higher per­cent­age of the seats up for elec­tion than Democ­rats. How­ever, Repub­li­cans were able to main­tain and increase their advan­tage in state leg­isla­tive cham­bers nationwide.

Given the extreme gains for the GOP it would be quite a shock if there wasn’t some recov­ery for Dems and that McClatchy Story sug­gests the Democ­rats are invest­ing in those local races to try to make it happen.

Democ­rats have vowed to pay more atten­tion to state leg­isla­tive races after los­ing hun­dreds of those seats dur­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s tenure. There are signs the party is doing just that six months into Trump’s pres­i­dency: The National Demo­c­ra­tic Redis­trict­ing Com­mit­tee, a high-​profile group with the sup­port of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and for­mer Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder, raised more than $10 mil­lion in the sec­ond fundrais­ing quarter.

So given these facts and the lat­est polls show­ing Trump at 39% can some­one tell me why in April Nancy Pelosi was talk­ing like this:(empha­sis mine)

Address­ing the 2018 midterm elec­tions, Pelosi revealed that Democ­rats are con­sid­er­ing an expan­sive offen­sive in Texas, includ­ing a pos­si­ble chal­lenge to Repub­li­can U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who rep­re­sents Sugar Land. The diver­si­fy­ing Hous­ton sub­urb is the same region for­mer House Major­ity Leader Tom DeLay rep­re­sented dur­ing his reign at the U.S. Capi­tol, and Trump car­ried that dis­trict by eight points.

Ear­lier this year, Democ­rats announced they were con­sid­er­ing mount­ing seri­ous chal­lenges to Repub­li­can U.S. Reps. Pete Ses­sions of Dal­las and John Cul­ber­son of Hous­ton, in addi­tion to their typ­i­cal tar­get — the West Texas dis­trict of Repub­li­can U.S. Rep. Will Hurd.

An audi­ence mem­ber asked Pelosi if the party intended to go after any Repub­li­cans in seats that are over­whelm­ingly con­ser­v­a­tive. Pelosi said no; House Democ­rats would spend their money only on seats they believe they can win, she said.

She said that would “absolutely” be enough for Democ­rats to win the gavel in 2018.

But Sun­day, even after the GOP fell on it’s face over Oba­macare and the White House was play­ing musi­cal staff Nancy Pelosi is report­edly say­ing stuff like this

House Minor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sun­day it was “unim­por­tant” for Democ­rats to win back a major­ity in the lower cham­ber in the mid-​term elec­tions, The Hill reported.

“That’s so unim­por­tant. What is impor­tant is that we have the lively debate on a bet­ter deal,” Pelosi told Fox News host Chris Wal­lace on “Fox News Sun­day” when asked about the chances Democ­rats had to win back the House in 2018.

What does that tell you? It tells me that no mat­ter how bad things look for the GOP the Amer­i­can peo­ple have decided that the Democ­rats are worse.

How­ever JJ Sefton at Ace’s place finds the bright side for the left:

Con­sid­er­ing the masks com­ing off at the moment of truth for Oba­macare Repeal, I would not want to wager that the GOP-​led leg­is­la­ture will do any­thing dif­fer­ent when it comes to this equally cru­cial issue. Yup, I’m call­ing it now: there will be no tax reform. Two rea­sons, 1) any­thing that denudes power, influ­ence and lucre from DC will be opposed tooth and nail and 2) they hate Don­ald Trump so it’s auto­matic that they will oppose it.

Hence, Nancy Pelosi say­ing it’s not impor­tant for Dems to win the 2018 Midterms is not nec­es­sar­ily a botox-​leaking-​into-​the-​cerbral-​cortex-​induced com­ment , espe­cially when you have Repub­li­cans like McCain, Collins, Murkowski and most of the rest, includ­ing of course the lead­er­ship.

Of course that won’t stop the bleed­ing at the state level includ­ing the appar­ently unnews­wor­thy defec­tion a sit­ting gov­er­nor, which our friends on the left con­sider no big loss.

Those igno­rant West Vir­ginia grapes were sour anyways


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Via Drudge McClatchy reports that Democrats desperate to find anything that resembles victor are finding some hope deep in a few state legislative races:

In a party desperate for victories, Democratic candidates are finding the most success in little-noticed state legislative races. They’ve already won four seats previously under Republican control, some of them in battleground districts that split evenly between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Party leaders say it’s a sign that they are benefitting from a broad backlash to the Republican president, one that failed to lift a quartet of special election U.S. House candidates — including Jon Ossoff in Georgia or Rob Quist in Montana — to victories of their own.

In one respect this is not that huge a surprise.  After all in 2014 the GOP had a spectacular year on the state level.

On the state level, the wave continued. State legislatures are also now controlled by Republicans.  That translates to 68 out of 98 legislative chambers according to Real Clear Politics, who also notes that 23 Gubernatorial offices are now held by Republicans in states where both houses are also under Republican control.

Politico noted that Republicans gained more than 300 seats in legislatures and controls legislatures in 29 states; the biggest gains since the 1920’s.

And in 2016 things, as Ballotpedia reports, things continued to improve

Republicans flipped 138 seats while Democrats flipped 95 seats. The Republican Party‘s share of seats in state legislatures increased by 43 seats across the country. Republicans controlled 4,161 (56.4 percent) of the 7,383 legislative seats heading into the election.

In 2010 and 2014, Republicans won hundreds of formerly Democratic-held state legislative seats across the United States. These past successes put them at a relatively greater partisan risk in 2016, since the GOP held a higher percentage of the seats up for election than Democrats. However, Republicans were able to maintain and increase their advantage in state legislative chambers nationwide.

Given the extreme gains for the GOP it would be quite a shock if there wasn’t some recovery for Dems and that McClatchy Story suggests the Democrats are investing in those local races to try to make it happen.

Democrats have vowed to pay more attention to state legislative races after losing hundreds of those seats during President Obama’s tenure. There are signs the party is doing just that six months into Trump’s presidency: The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a high-profile group with the support of former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder, raised more than $10 million in the second fundraising quarter.

So given these facts and the latest polls showing Trump at 39% can someone tell me why in April Nancy Pelosi was talking like this:(emphasis mine)

Addressing the 2018 midterm elections, Pelosi revealed that Democrats are considering an expansive offensive in Texas, including a possible challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who represents Sugar Land. The diversifying Houston suburb is the same region former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay represented during his reign at the U.S. Capitol, and Trump carried that district by eight points.

Earlier this year, Democrats announced they were considering mounting serious challenges to Republican U.S. Reps. Pete Sessions of Dallas and John Culberson of Houston, in addition to their typical target — the West Texas district of Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd.

An audience member asked Pelosi if the party intended to go after any Republicans in seats that are overwhelmingly conservative. Pelosi said no; House Democrats would spend their money only on seats they believe they can win, she said.

She said that would “absolutely” be enough for Democrats to win the gavel in 2018.

But Sunday, even after the GOP fell on it’s face over Obamacare and the White House was playing musical staff Nancy Pelosi is reportedly saying stuff like this

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday it was “unimportant” for Democrats to win back a majority in the lower chamber in the mid-term elections, The Hill reported.

“That’s so unimportant. What is important is that we have the lively debate on a better deal,” Pelosi told Fox News host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about the chances Democrats had to win back the House in 2018.

What does that tell you?  It tells me that no matter how bad things look for the GOP the American people have decided that the Democrats are worse.

However JJ Sefton at Ace’s place finds the bright side for the left:

Considering the masks coming off at the moment of truth for Obamacare Repeal, I would not want to wager that the GOP-led legislature will do anything different when it comes to this equally crucial issue. Yup, I’m calling it now: there will be no tax reform. Two reasons, 1) anything that denudes power, influence and lucre from DC will be opposed tooth and nail and 2) they hate Donald Trump so it’s automatic that they will oppose it.

Hence, Nancy Pelosi saying it’s not important for Dems to win the 2018 Midterms is not necessarily a botox-leaking-into-the-cerbral-cortex-induced comment , especially when you have Republicans like McCain, Collins, Murkowski and most of the rest, including of course the leadership.

Of course that won’t stop the bleeding at the state level including the apparently unnewsworthy defection a sitting governor, which our friends on the left consider no big loss.

Those ignorant West Virginia grapes were sour anyways


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