It’s not a secret in Washington D.C. that Democrats are facing overwhelming odds against their ability to hold a razor-thin majority in the lower chamber after the 2022 midterm elections.
But according to Breitbart, House Democrats appear to be in dire straits, as the outlet reported that several Democratic lawmakers who were either seeking a higher office or retiring from Congress have confirmed that they’ll run again in 2022, essentially delaying their retirements or political ambitions to protect what little control remains.
Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Madeleine Dean (D-PA) were widely expected to depart the lower chamber in search of greener political pastures of the U.S. Senate, but recently, both lawmakers announced that, instead, they’ll be focusing on their reelection campaigns next year.
Presumably, it’s because many of the retiring or higher office-seeking lawmakers would leave extremely vulnerable seats open in their respective districts, where if an incumbent isn’t running on the ticket, historically the party has an exceedingly difficult time holding the seat.
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) was rumored to be eyeing up retirement after the current cycle, but recently said that he will, in fact, seek reelection in the 2022 midterm election.
Some political analysts believe that the student changes of direction for the three lawmakers — and perhaps more to come — is purely defensive, and a last-ditch effort to protect the tiny majority power in the lower chamber that Democrats currently hold, which is the slimmest margin of majority power in over a century.
It’s also not a stretch to presume that by ditching their future plans and taking one for the team, they were potentially promised attractive committee promotions and assignments as a result, or other benefits that would make it worth their while.
Democrats are in trouble
While the aforementioned three members will be remaining, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) still has plenty to be concerned about, as at least six additional Democratic House members have announced their intentions of leaving the lower chamber after the current cycle ends.
Three of those Democrats include Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Charlie Crist (D-FL), and Val Demings (D-FL), who are heavily rumored to be seeking higher office. Crist, for example, is expected to mount a challenge against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
According to a Politico report, Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) is expected to be the seventh Democratic lawmaker to jump ship, as he will reportedly seek a Pennsylvania Senate seat next year, further diminishing Pelosi’s ability to control the lower chamber.
House Democrats currently hold a slim, 220-211 majority, and subtracting possibly seven shoe-ins who would likely win their districts makes the number even lower. Couple that with the predictions from analysts from both sides of the political aisle who believe Republicans will sweep the 2022 midterms, and it’s clear that Pelosi has a real problem on her hands.
Hopefully, those predictions pan out, because a Republican majority win next year is literally the only shield against President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies’ intentions of pushing as much radical, progressive legislation on Americans as they possibly can while they control the bulk of the power in Washington D.C.