House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) predicted Sunday that House Democrats have the cash and the right political environment to win back the majority in November’s general election.
Pelosi said she believed the victory will be like “small droplets of water.”
“This is not going to be big margins,” Pelosi said during a county Democratic Party banquet in Des Moines, Iowa, as quoted by the San Jose Mercury News. “It is going to be small margins in many places.” She reportedly added, “Here in the heartland a new generation of Democrats is rising up.”
Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are the party’s two largest fundraisers and the architects of its midterm election strategy.
Pelosi has reportedly raised $16 million in the first quarter of 2018, including $14 million in March alone, notes the AP.
That is why, she said, Republicans are trying to run against her: “I also happen to be, apart from anyone who’s running for president or been the presidential nominee, the biggest fundraiser in the country. So they want to diminish that,” she said.
Breitbart News Senior Editor at Large Joel Pollak explained recently why Republicans are targeting Pelosi in their 2018 messaging:
Pelosi, who represents far-left San Francisco, is reviled by Republicans because of the memory of how she behaved as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011.
She centralized power in the Speaker’s office to an unprecedented degree and excluded the opposition from much of the legislative process. She spent wildly, passing bloated earmarks and omnibus bills targeted at Democrats’ cronies and pet projects.
Most infamously, Pelosi rammed Obamacare through the House in 2010, while declaring that Congress needed “to “pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
She added a racial flourish to that effort, marching together with civil rights veteran Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) through a crowd of thousands of anti-Obamacare protesters on Capitol Hill while brandishing the Speaker’s gavel.
She intended to portray “free” health care as a civil right, and protesters as the white racist mobs of the segregated South. The media followed her lead, repeating Lewis’s false claim that protesters shouted the “n-word” at him.
Republicans took their revenge that November. Thanks to Pelosi’s arrogance, Democrats went down to historic defeat in the 2010 midterm elections.
Pelosi, however, is projecting confidence in a return to the Speaker’s chair.