Failing to win control of the House this year, Republicans are already looking to 2022 — and it seems Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has reason to panic.
According to Breitbart, Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt (R) said in a recent interview that the future for the GOP is bright. In fact, Aderholt said he expects Republicans to take back the House handily in the next midterm elections.
If they do, it wouldn’t be all that surprising: according to FiveThirtyEight, history shows that opposition parties tend to pick up seats in the midterms — and with the gains Republicans made in the 2020 race, the House is theirs to take.
“It does look very good”
It’s a trend that Aderholt pointed to in his recent interview.
“It does look very good for the Republicans on the House and Senate side, quite honestly, because we are within striking distance now of getting the majority,” the Republican said, according to Breitbart.
“Obviously, there are some seats that still are out there. I think most of them have been called, and it’s going to be a Democrat majority in the House, but it’s by a much slimmer margin than they thought,” he added.
Aderholt went on: “When you go into a midterm on the president of the other party, there is a backlash. And so, historically, I think it is 10 to 20 seats the minority in the other party picks up. So, we’ll be well over the majority in 2022.”
The Pelosi problem
The other potential boon for Republicans’ chances in 2022? House Speaker Pelosi herself.
Despite Joe Biden’s apparent victory in the White House race, Democrats lost several seats in the House when they were expected to build on their majority. And many of those seats were in areas traditionally deemed safe for Dems.
Indeed, thanks to what many see as a radical socialist agenda that Pelosi failed to crush, Democrats in Florida and elsewhere were hammered with losses. Even Democrat Virginia Sen. Mark Warner was willing to admit it. “I think the ability, using terms like ‘defund the police’ have led to Democratic losses in this last year,” he said earlier this month, according to The Hill.
Of course, Pelosi has refused to take responsibility for the losses that Democrats suffered. According to Fox News, when asked by reporters about her role in Democrats losing seats in the House, the California Democrat said, “I accept credit for winning the majority and holding the House.”
But while she might have the majority for now, it seems even if President Donald Trump ends up losing his ongoing legal battle over the election results, there are still plenty of reasons for Republicans to stay optimistic about the future. The Democratic Party holding the presidency combined with Nancy Pelosi leading the House is exactly what the GOP needs to win big in 2022.