House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is no stranger to saying bizarre things during her tenure in Congress, but her latest assessment of the 2018 midterm elections may prove to be her wildest yet.
During an interview with POLITICO Playbook Co-Authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, Pelosi said she was supporting candidates who openly bash her during their respective 2018 congressional campaigns.
Essentially admitting that she is disliked by many people of her own party and that campaigning against her is effective for winning, Pelosi might have finally come to grips with what members of the Republican Party have said for years.
Here’s more from the interview, via Politico:
Her message to such candidates, channeling iconic former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis: “Just win, baby.”
Pelosi (D-Calif.), in an interview with POLITICO Playbook authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, was bullish on the chances for her party to take over the majority in the House when voters go to the polls for this November’s midterm elections.
She said she was undeterred by the seemingly growing trend of Democratic candidates who have either pledged not to support her for the party’s leadership or who have been conspicuously noncommittal about their support for Pelosi.
“I think if they have to do that to win the election, I’m all for winning,” she said. “I think many of them are saying we need new leadership. I don’t take offense at that.”
Republican leadership has often encouraged their party’s members to utilize Pelosi as a key factor of their campaigns, because – should Democrats win the majority in 2018 – she could be the next House Speaker.
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— HeisenbergHattie (@HBergHattie) May 8, 2018
The most prominent example thus far of a Democrat running away from Pelosi and winning came earlier this year in a special election outside Pittsburgh, where Rep. Conor Lamb won in a Congressional district where President Donald Trump won in 2016 by nearly 20 percentage points.
Lamb, who has pledged not to support Pelosi for Democratic leadership, appears to be part of a larger trend. The Washington Post reported last week that there are already 10 Democratic candidates for this year’s elections who have made pledges similar to Lamb’s and at least 10 more who have notably declined to express support for Pelosi.
Nonetheless, the San Francisco Democrat spoke Tuesday as if she planned to regain her role as House speaker, a position she previously held from 2007 to 2011, should her party win the majority this November. She said she had planned to retire in the wake of a Hillary Clinton victory in 2016 and opted to remain in her role so that there would be “a woman at the table.”
Asked about the prospect of impeaching Trump, something some in her caucus have agitated for should Democrats take over the House majority, Pelosi suggested such a step would be divisive. In the absence of something spurring bipartisan calls for impeachment on par with Watergate, Pelosi suggested she would not support impeaching the president and that talk of such a move is a “distraction.”
“I’ve just said to folks ‘I wish you wouldn’t.’ You can talk about it in your district. In my district, it’s a very popular issue but it’s not the path that we should go on,” Pelosi said about potentially impeaching the president. “I’m not walking away from impeachment for political reasons and I’m not walking toward it for political reasons. I just think it’s divisive and I think what we should do is always try to unify.”
Honestly, it really is time for Pelosi to go.
— Darth Shaver (@DarthShaver) May 8, 2018
she needs to retire!
— ❄ ❄SpazzBhabie ❄ ❄ (@SpazzBhabie) May 8, 2018