Pelosi: winning midterms is ‘just a question of turning out the vote’

ABC News reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as saying that the key to Democrat success in the midterm elections is “turning out the vote.” 

What exactly does that mean?

Pelosi’s comment came during a recent interview that she did with ABC News. There, Pelosi discussed the upcoming midterm elections and what it would take for Democrats to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and House.

“We know that the public is with us, it’s just a question of turning out the vote,” Pelosi said.


The thing is, though, that the public is not “with” the Democrats – at least not according to the polls. Polls and projections have the Republicans slightly favored to at least pick up the handful of seats needed to win back the House of Representatives.

It’s easy to understand why as, in the polls, Republican leadership is consistently favored on several important issues, the most notable of which is the economy.

So, the question is what exactly is Pelosi talking about here with this claim that the Democrats will come out on top if they “turn out the vote.” Pelosi didn’t get into it. But, Pelosi, later in the interview, dropped football coach Al Davis’s line, “June win, baby.”

So, “turning out the vote” might just be doing whatever it takes to get more Democratic votes this November.

The key?

There is likely no way of knowing everything that the Democrats are up to. But, one part of their midterm strategy is very clear: controlling the narrative.

For months now, the Democrats have been trying to take voters’ minds off of important issues, such as the economic crisis, by focusing on the issue of abortion – and it appears to be working, at least somewhat. The Democrats have been employing this strategy ever since the unprecedented leak of the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, where the justices overturned the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. 

“Any doubt that anyone might have in their minds about the enthusiasm of the Democratic voter — should be dispelled by the Dobbs decision,” Pelosi said in the interview.

The House speaker, during the interview, appeared confident that controlling the narrative, along with the Democrats’ other “turning out the vote” strategies, will be enough to get the Democrats over the finishing line in the midterms.

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