San Fran Nancy Pelosi continues to be her own worst enemy…and that of her party. She’s been ecstatic about the possibility that she might become Speaker once again, but she seems to keep forgetting that one doesn’t help the cause by saying stupid things.
Enter the recent Politico Playbook event the other day in which Pelosi was interviewed about a number of things, including the prospect of Democrats retaking the House.
Moderators relayed the charge by Republicans that Dems will institute single-payer health care and raise taxes if in control again.
Pelosi’s mic-drop response: “The second part is accurate.”
That massive slapping sound was the collective facepalm of all the Dems up for reelection in red-states where the prospect of tax hikes are reflexively met with voters’ outrage.
Good luck, Nancy.
Here’s more from Hotair…
Is this the tweet that launched a thousand campaign ads, and burnt the topless towers of Democratic midterm ambitions? If the Republican Party and/or the National Republican Congressional Committee doesn’t cut a version of Nancy Pelosi’s remarks at today’s Politico Playbook interview for every contested House race, they should get sued for incompetence. Jake Sherman asks Pelosi about GOP claims that a Democratic House majority would pass a single-payer health care system and raise taxes. “The second part is accurate,” Pelosi replied:
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake points out that Pelosi continues to be her own worst enemy:
Nancy Pelosi clearly wants to be speaker again, and she’s on the cusp of reclaiming that perch. But someone appears to be standing in her way: Nancy Pelosi. …
While PolitiFact ruled a month ago that claims Pelosi had pledged to raise taxes were only “half true,” Pelosi seemed to just confirm that’s her plan. Most any politician knows that when you are asked whether you want to “raise taxes,” the next words out of your mouth probably shouldn’t be “Yes.” You talk around it. You massage it. Republicans passed this bill partially in hopes that Democrats would be baited into running against tax cuts and for raising taxes, and Pelosi seems to be obliging them.
None of this is to say this is a fatal blow for Pelosi’s hopes to become speaker. And she’s certainly done her party plenty of good on that front, most notably with her fundraising. But Democrats need to win in red areas to take back the House, and her message seems to be significantly different than the one the candidates who will decide that desire.