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Ominous: 28 House Democrats Not Running For Reelection in 2022

Ominous: 28 House Democrats Not Running For Reelection in 2022

“Democrats hope to defend their razor-thin majority in the House in the midterms, amid a rough political climate.”

Nancy Pelosi’s fragile majority in the House of Representatives just keeps getting smaller as we approach the 2022 midterms.

As of last week, 26 Democrats had announced their retirements ahead of the 2022 midterms. Now there are 28.

Paul Steinhauser reports at FOX News:

House Democrat exit list grows to 28 as Rhode Island’s Langevin, California’s McNerney, announce retirements

Two more House Democrats – Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Jerry McNerney of California – announced on Tuesday that they won’t seek reelection in this year’s midterm elections.

The announcements from the two lawmakers brings to 28 the number of Democrats in the chamber who are retiring after the current term or seeking another elective office in November.

Democrats hope to defend their razor-thin majority in the House in the midterms, amid a rough political climate. The GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the 435-member chamber next year to regain the House majority it lost to the Democrats in the 2018 elections.

Langevin, the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress, said in a video statement that “after serving the people of Rhode Island for over 36 years, including 11 terms and nearly 22 years in Congress, today I am announcing that I will not be a candidate for elective office this November.”…

The 70-year-old McNerney – a Stockton, California Democrat who since 2007 has represented a heavily blue district in the state’s vast Central Valley – took to Twitter to announce “that I will not seek reelection in California’s newly created 9th Congressional District.”

NBC News is warning Democrats that they’re heading into “shellacking territory” this fall:

Poll numbers are pointing to a midterm shellacking for Democrats

In 1998 and 2002, the party controlling the White House gained House seats — five in 1998, and eight in 2002. What did the numbers in our NBC News poll show right before those elections? Well, a majority or a plurality of respondents said the country was headed in the right direction; Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had approval ratings north of 60 percent; and their parties enjoyed narrow leads on the generic ballot.

Now let us show you what a shellacking looks like: In 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 — when the president’s party suffered big losses — overwhelming majorities said the country was headed on the wrong track before the election; each president’s job rating was below 50 percent; and the president’s party trailed on the generic ballot.

So with less than a year until the November midterms, what did the latest NBC News poll tell us? It was pointing more towards the shellacking territory. Our October 2021 NBC News poll showed 71 percent of Americans (!!!) saying the country is headed in the wrong direction; President Biden’s job rating was at 42 percent; and the silver lining for Democrats is that they enjoyed a narrow lead on the generic ballot.

If you want to know why Democrats are so desperate to pass their ‘voting reform’ legislation, look no further than this.


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Typo in the headline.

You misspelled “A-U-S-P-I-C-I-O-U-S”. Starts with an ‘A’ not an ‘O’

But get out the vote and monitor the potential ballot stuffers. They are gonna try to steal it.

2smartforlibs | January 19, 2022 at 2:24 pm

Not every state is subject to liberal election theft laws and those states need to step up this cycle.

28 House Democrats have said they’re bailing out…and we’re only halfway through January.

Vegas odds that the ultimate number of Democrat bail-outs will hit 40 by late spring: better than even.

    The first primaries get going in March, so if you’ve got one of the early dates you’d better be announcing a retirement in a hurry. It will be interesting, though, to see if there are any non-retirees who lose to a primary challenger.

    Eddie Coyle in reply to MarkJ. | January 20, 2022 at 9:18 am

    I was thinking the same. It will rise from 28….

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | January 19, 2022 at 2:35 pm

Bye, Felicia!

An equally big issue for Democrats is that they need to field competitive replacements. The closer to the election a current representative bails, the less time the party has to recruit someone else, get the money and publicity going, etc. Most challengers running for Congress are already out there doing engagements, raising funds, etc.

The Dems now need 28 challengers — let’s see who they get. I bet it’s a fair number of ‘B’ and ‘C’ list folks.

    Exactly, Steve.

    So far, there are also 13 House GOPers calling it quits. Of the Dems and GOPers who are going bye-bye some are flat-out retiring while others are running for a different office.

    In the Senate, 5 of the 6 announced retirements are Republicans (Burr, Blunt, Shelby, Toomey, and Portman). The last retirement announcement was in mid-November (Leahy).

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to p. | January 19, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      What are your thoughts on the GOP retaining those seats after those requirements?

How many of these retirements are because the prospect of returning to the minority isn’t that exciting? At least the staffers who work for the ones who are retiring have a leg up on finding new jobs, particularly in the Biden administration, instead of being part of the group who will be polishing their resumes the day after election day or in some cases in the weeks before because the writing is on the wall.

But regardless of the ultimate outcome in November, the House Democrat caucus will be more liberal overall and the progressives will be even more vocal in demanding leadership roles and possibly even demanding term limits for committee chairmanships/ranking memberships and for the leadership spots.

Retirement in deep blue mean very little. Purple districts, more interested.

28 Ds are retiring (wrong word – they aren’t going fishing. Just collecting pension and working for lobbyist] – how many are going to be in purple districts?

Even if there is widespread election tampering a strong and powerful message is about to be delivered. They know the truth, and it scares them witless. Next stop may not be the 2A after all. I sure hope it stops here.

Hey, they’ve got their (unearned) pensions! Good to go!

Pelosi’s face looks pretty ominous.

And now that these pampered persons will return to real life, most will probably vote for republicans.

I’m hoping for some better representatives overall. Too many GOPe now. I’m Hoping for more MAGA. My rep is GOPe all the way. No fight inside wants to reach across the aisle and work with the Dems.

And a cartoon on this subject…

I’m being inundated by beg emails from Senate hopefuls, each claiming that his is the one seat needed to reclaim the Senate majority. It’s gonna be a long year…

The number is 29, counting Liz Cheney

Seems to me there is a difference between 2022 and 2018 being that the GOP deliberately didn’t run people in order to undermine Trump and a GOP held Senate.

I don’t get that feeling here because Democrats have fucked things up so amazingly well with China Joe and Hoe Harris at the wheel (I won’t say in charge because those two equity hires aren’t in charge).