Contrary to predictions from pollsters and pundits that Democrats would expand their majority in the House and take back the Senate in this year’s elections, Republicans actually flipped a number of House seats and are likely to maintain control of the Senate. In fact, while Dems will keep the House majority, it’s by the slimmest margin in decades, according to ABC News.
One might think such an outcome would prompt House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to extend an olive branch and finally open up to the idea of working with the GOP for the good of Americans — but that’s far from the case. According to the Washington Examiner, Pelosi made clear Friday that she feels Senate Republicans have lost their “leverage” in the wake of the elections, and they’ll soon find that out the hard way, she said.
“Change his leverage”
Mainstream media outlets declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of the presidential race more than a week ago, but President Donald Trump has maintained that he won’t concede until any and all alleged instances of voter fraud have been ruled out.
In the meantime, however, Democrats are pushing full steam ahead as if Biden is already the certified winner — and Pelosi is milking it for all she can get.
“Whether you’re in the minority or majority, if the president is of your party, you have more power,” the House speaker said Friday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-KY] is going to find out now, whether he’s in the majority or the minority, not having Donald Trump in the White House is going to change his leverage, and that dynamic,” she added.
Pelosi admitted later in the same presser that she has no plans to amp up the compromising in light of her slimmed majority. Asked directly whether she’d be forced to make more deals with the GOP, Pelosi said, “No, not at all,” according to CNBC. “We have a president of the United States.”
“A mandate against socialism”
According to Just the News, Pelosi also told reporters that the combination of Democrats holding on to the House and apparently winning the presidency constitutes a “mandate” from the people that her party will act upon, “a mandate to address the challenges our country faces, as well as to have a positive initiative on how to grow the economy in a fair way.”
Of course, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) doesn’t see it that way. According to Just the News, the Republican is claiming a “mandate” of his own from voters against leftist “socialist” agenda items, as even many Democrats have suggested that races were lost — or almost lost — because of radical messaging from progressives.
“I heard the speaker call it a mandate. It was a mandate against socialism. It was a mandate against defunding the police,” McCarthy said Thursday. “It was a mandate against wasting a majority that the Democrats have done for the last Congress.”
Despite what Pelosi had to say, Senate Republicans reportedly remain hopeful that there’ll be some moderation in the Democrat-controlled House and that, by working together, there can be some bipartisan success.
“Hopefully Democrats will decide that they want to work with us now that it’s been made clear that what they were trying to put forward is not what the American people want to see happen here,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) said, according to the Washington Examiner.