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2020 Democratic Candidates Are Going Too Far Left, Says … Nancy Pelosi

2020 Democratic Candidates Are Going Too Far Left, Says … Nancy Pelosi

“What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan”

Some of the Democrats running in 2020 are acting as if they believe left-wing Twitter users represent the American people. Nancy Pelosi, of all people, is concerned about how this is going to play in the general election.

Sahil Kapur writes at Bloomberg, via Yahoo News:

Nancy Pelosi Is Worried 2020 Candidates Are on Wrong Track

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is issuing a pointed message to Democrats running for president in 2020: Those liberal ideas that fire up the party’s base are a big loser when it comes to beating President Donald Trump.

Proposals pushed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders like Medicare for All and a wealth tax play well in liberal enclaves like her own district in San Francisco but won’t sell in the Midwestern states that sent Trump to the White House in 2016, she said.

“What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan,” Pelosi said at a roundtable of Bloomberg News reporters and editors on Friday. “What works in Michigan works in San Francisco — talking about workers’ rights and sharing prosperity.”

“Remember November,” she said. “You must win the Electoral College.”

Win the Electoral College? Haven’t Democrats spent the last three years telling us that it’s an illegitimate institution which must be abolished?

All snark aside, Pelosi is right to be concerned. There are already other Democrats who fear Elizabeth Warren’s recent talk about the cost of her ‘Medicare-for-all’ plan is being tied to them.

Marc Caputo and Alex Thompson write at Politico:

‘This is going to cause down-ballot damage’: Warren’s $20 trillion health plan fails to quiet critics

The most-vulnerable Democrat in Colorado’s state House, Bri Buentello, is dreading door-knocking in her rural district now that Elizabeth Warren dropped her massive “Medicare for All” plan into the presidential arena.

“This is going to cause down-ballot damage in swing districts and states if she’s the nominee,” Buentello says, describing how her Pueblo-area constituents — who voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016 — were already echoing criticisms about a giant, one-size-fits-all big government run plan that cancels private health insurance and raises taxes.

The fear of blowback is indicative of the broad and largely negative response to Warren’s proposal from centrist, moderate and rural Democrats — many of whom, like Buentello, back Joe Biden in the primary. And it exposes the fault line between those who fret about winning voters in the center and the activist progressive base propelling Warren to the front of the Democratic pack.

Democrats have spent the last three years playing to the resistance instead of trying to win back the voters they lost to Trump in 2016. It may end up costing them 2020.


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“What doesn’t work in San Francisco doesn’t work anywhere else.”

Counter-flooding a sinking ship to correct list is only temporary..not a solution.

Say what you will about Nancy Pelosi, she comes from an old political family and she knows how to win an election.

She is a past master of having a group of people run to the policies of the opposing party and then telling them to shut up, afterward. Those new to the action can research “Nancy Pelosi” and “blue dogs.” In brief, she recruited people to run as Democrats with policies to match their districts. This was characterized as “running to the right of their opponents.” That’s how she got the Speakership.

In office, she pointedly refused to accommodate the Blue Dogs in any way, and the group lost heavily in the next election. This model for political action is currently echoed in the State of California, where the Democrat party will woo any person of talent from any party who shows up. They get the person to change parties, and then they just ignore their policy preferences.

This is the great lesson of the Democrat Party at the national level and in California: take whatever public position gets you the most votes, and then do whatever your real constituents want, afterward. Voters are no longer the Democrat Party’s constituents.

How obvious does it have to be for even Pelosi to see it….

she’s going to have one helluva time playing politics in prison

JusticeDelivered | November 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

I am looking forward to seeing their ship suddenly sink during the election. I bet many will be just as irrational as Hillary.

caseoftheblues | November 3, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Don’t lose sight of the fact she doesn’t really care how extreme and damaging to the US and it’s citizens their policy proposals are…shes happy to back them all once they get the power….this is just about getting and keeping that power which you can’t do if you left the masses know what you really plan on doing.

Politico: “Warren’s $20 trillion health plan”

Covering up for Warren already? I thought it was $52 trillion!

Randy in Arizona | November 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm

“What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan,” Pelosi said.

My question: What works in San Francisco?

So basically Nancy is reminding her fellow travelers that they must lie about their true intentions and boil the frogs in the pot slowly.

First, it’s refreshing that she recognizes people… persons and not color blocs. Second, she recognizes that minority (e.g. dictatorship) and other left-wing regimes have often forced extreme outcomes.

Must be because their internal polling is indicating a very difficult challenge for a brokered convention. If Pelosi is complaining about the socialist message, you can bet that Hillary/Wookie/Romney are too. A no-win situation.

Only the Republicans can deliver victory for the Dems in 2020 by again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory should they enable the removal of Trump from the White House. Then the final leg of a communist takeover of our government will be complete. Just like what happened in CA. Only Republicans can deliver a Democrat victory.

She’s telling progressive fascist candidates that they have to lie in order to win their elections, but once their in power they can achieve their real goals.

Might be difficult to put all of that insanity back into your bottle, Beto is coming for your AR-15, Bernie and Warren for your medical care, they’re all going to open the borders and massively inflate your taxes and San Fran Nan wants us to forget about all of that now?

Nancy is just trying to pander to that group and get them to show up next year. By paying this lipservice, blue dogs will think that “their party” can be “taken back” from the very loony people they’ve made transparent covenants with at times just to win elections. Don’t be fooled…she needs to reap what was sown.

On the other hand, without realizing it, she’s admitted that these impeachment proceedings are a farce by indirectly admitting that Trump can’t really be removed and has to be voted out instead.

Pewlousey is only concerned the electorate will see the communist/socialist for their true stripes and will never forget.

A Punk Named Yunk | November 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

> “What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan”

Is Ms. Pelosi suggesting that something works in San Francisco? I suppose if the intent of local public policy is to hamper construction of affordable housing, to increase petty crime, to drive small businesses out of business (by decriminalizing shoplifting), and drive saner folks out of California, then I suppose that’s working in SF and the rest of CA.