House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has just essentially admitted that the Democrats’ midterm strategy, which has centered around the abortion issue, hasn’t been working.
Pelosi did so in a recent interview with Punchbowl News, in which she admitted that the Democrats need to come up with better economic talking points, particularly with regard to inflation.
It came when Pelosi was asked about inflation, which, according to the polls, is one of the voters’ topmost concerns heading into the midterm elections.
Inflation’s an issue, but it’s global. It’s global. … What’s [the Republicans’] plan? They ain’t got nothing. When you bring down unemployment, inflation goes up. … So in any case, [President Joe Biden] brought unemployment [down], cut it in half. Inflation is there but it’s global and not as bad as it is in some countries.
Having said all of that, it is at this point that Pelosi admitted, “we’ll have to message it better in the next three weeks ahead.”
For the longest time, the Democrats lacked a coherent midterm strategy and were expected to lose Congress in the midterm elections. This changed after the unprecedented U.S. Supreme Court draft decision leak in which the justices overturned the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
Ever since then, the Democrats have been campaigning primarily on the abortion issue. And, the polls suggest that the strategy has worked, at least to some degree, as the Republicans’ lead on the generic ballot shrunk.
More recently, however, the polls have been suggesting that the abortion issue might be collapsing for the Democrats and that the more important issue for voters is the economy, including inflation.
It is in response to this that the Democrats started campaigning more on the economy, trying to convince voters that the Biden administration has done good things economically and is in the process of fixing the various economic problems that America is facing.
Pelosi knows better
Despite this shift in the polls, Pelosi, in the interview with Punchbowl, insisted that the road to victory for Democrats does not rely on campaigning on the economy.
Pelosi argued that the 2022 midterms will focus on Republicans’ willingness to strip away abortion rights, cut popular social safety net programs and their lack of a cohesive message on climate change. Polls indicate that these aren’t Americans’ top priorities right now, but Pelosi is confident that she understands voters better than the pollsters.
This, of course, is at odds with what Pelosi and the Democrats are actually now doing, which is campaigning on the economy. Pelosi’s just too stubborn to admit that the Democrats’ midterm strategy was wrong.