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Denial Is Not a Strategy

Posted on | October 19, 2022 | Comments Off on Denial Is Not a Strategy

“I dismiss that,” Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday on MSNBC, when Andrea Mitchell asked about polls showing “rising inflation concerns along with crime, giving . . . new momentum to Republicans”:

PELOSI: First of all, let me say that I think much of what you have said I don’t agree with. That is to say, the New York Times poll, I think, is an outlier poll. You cited one poll.
ANDREA MITCHELL: It’s the RealClearPolitics average showing similar issues.
NANCY PELOSI: But that was one that brought down the average — it was an outlier. It wasn’t that big a sample. So I dismiss that.
I have been — since Congress adjourned, I have been in an average of five states a week. And I can tell you that women’s concerns about their freedom are very, very much still very significant in terms of how they will vote.
In fact, 80% of people who care about a woman’s right to choose say they will vote — it will determine who they vote for. . . .
I track these campaigns very carefully. I believe that we will have the mobilization on the ground to turn out the vote, the clear message we want to give women freedom of choice. [Republicans] want to have a ban on abortion.
We want to support and strengthen Medicare and Social Security, etc. They want to use a debt ceiling to cut that.
We want to — we have lowered the cost of prescription drugs for seniors. They want to reverse that.
We want to save the planet for our children and the future. [Republicans] say that [climate change] is a hoax and that’s the argument they used on the floor to oppose the Inflation Reduction Act, which made historic gains for fighting the climate.

She’s attacking the validity of a New York Times poll, arguing about sample size, and pretending that her anecdotal information — women who turn out at the Democratic campaign events she’s attended — is more useful in predicting what issues will motivate swing voters in the midterms. By the way, does anyone else remember that Pelosi’s last tenure as Speaker of the House only lasted four years, until the next midterm election in 2010, which produced a Republican landslide? There followed another eight years of Republican control, until 2018, but now, four years later . . . Well, good-bye, Nancy. Enjoy retirement with your “clear message” and “historic gains for fighting the climate.”



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