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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The longtime Democratic leader thinks the key to taking back the House in 2018 is avoiding the president's distractions.

Pelosi is eager to show her party can govern -- in contrast to the chaos surrounding Trump -- and believes that a reputation as the "No Drama Democrats" is key to taking back the House in 2018 and whisking her backing into the speaker's chair.

While not an official slogan, Pelosi has discussed the strategy broadly in recent leadership and caucus meetings, urging members to avoid talk of impeachment and resist taking Trump's bait on whatever topic is dominating his Twitter feed that day.

"There's nothing any of us can say in Congress that is going to change people's view of Donald Trump," said freshman Rep. Ro Khanna, a Silicon Valley progressive who agrees with Pelosi's strategy. "What they need is us to help them form their view of whether the Democratic Party is ready to lead."

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In public, the California Democrat is encouraging her rank and file to take a measured approach to all things Trump, banking on the strategy that the president and congressional Republicans will bomb big with voters on their own by next November.

Instead, she has encouraged Democrats to stay focused on policy battles, telling members at their caucus meeting last week they "will be in the majority" if Republicans head into the midterms without a single major legislative accomplishment.

Pelosi has encouraged lawmakers to talk up what a Democratic majority can deliver for voters, plugging their economic message on repeat in hopes that it will eventually break through with voters.

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While I agree that Nancy needs to move over at some point, at least she is listening to people who are outside the Hillary echo chamber and trying to stay out of the Trump cesspool.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-11-01 06:23 PM | Reply

Well, there is a lot that Trump can say that changes people's minds about Trump; just look at his poll numbers.

Pelosi is right that Dems have to have a strong economic message, and that only bashing Trump is not helpful.

But Hillary Clinton won, handily, the voters who said they voted with economics as their main concern. She lost people who felt they were being, "oppressed" and who suffered from "cultural anxiety".

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-01 06:42 PM | Reply

But Hillary Clinton won, handily, the voters who said they voted with economics as their main concern.

But not in the three states that ultimately mattered.

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-11-01 06:50 PM | Reply

3 - Or the thing that actually mattered; The Electoral College

#4 | Posted by homerj at 2017-11-01 06:56 PM | Reply

It was an EC fluke in two counties.
It was Comey's email investigation.
It was Russian facebook ads.
It was Bernie-bruh's and Jill Stein.
It was Weiner's laptop
It was Purity Ponies and Puritopians.
It was misogyny, deeply ingrained in our psyche.

She had no chance whatsoever. But they ran her anyways.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-01 06:58 PM | Reply

#3

Wrong. She won economics voters in those states, too.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-02 12:28 PM | Reply

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