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Pelosi: GOP House Control Means a ‘Bleak Future’ for ‘Civilization as We Know It Today’

Wednesday at her weekly press briefing, when asked about Republicans having an advantage in the battle for the control of the House of Representatives because of redistricting, Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “If you say that, then you have just surrendered to a very bleak future for children and other living things in our country, some would even say for civilization as we know it today. Because you can’t accept the redistricting that says you can’t win.”

Pelosi said, “Let me just remind you in ‘06 when we won, people didn’t think we would win. They were shocked. We had just suffered a terrible redistricting. The mid-decade redistricting in Texas took seven from one side and put it on the other side, a 14 seat difference. That was like 2005. You remember Tom Delay almost went to jail over his tactics in that. Well we came right back and we won 29 seats. I don’t want to win 29 seats. I want to win 30 seats. But that’s the range.”

“You can’t — if you say that then you have just surrendered to a very bleak future for children and other living things in our country, some would even say for civilization as we know it today,” she continued. “Because you can’t accept the redistricting that says you can’t win. So when are you going to win? You have to win so you can change the redistricting or in our case you can change to commission redistricting which we have in California, nonpartisan commission redistricting. Objective redistricting—no one can object to that. But if you just accept your fate—of one version of your fate—how are you going to make the difference in the next redistricting?”

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