It isn’t news when Republicans attack Nancy Pelosi, but when Democrats join in that tells you something. My guess: it means they know they are losing.
From the National Journal: “Embattled House Democrats Turn Against Nancy Pelosi.”
House Republicans have surprising new company in attacking Nancy Pelosi: her fellow House Democrats.
Three Democrats running in GOP-leaning House districts have used late-stage television ads in a bid to distance themselves from the liberal leader of Democrats’ House caucus—the same caucus they’re fighting to join in 2015.
“Here’s what I believe: Congress is broken,” says Gwen Graham, one of the Democratic Party’s top recruits, in a recent TV ad as a photo of Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner flashes on the screen. “Both parties—Republican and Democrat—are to blame. And both need new leaders in Washington.”
In Georgia, Rep. John Barrow, one of five Democrats to vote against Pelosi as party leader at the start of the 113th Congress in 2013, uses that fact as one of the key reasons to reelect him. “I voted against Nancy Pelosi as speaker,” Barrow brags to Georgians in a recent television ad.
And in Colorado, Democratic candidate Irv Halter is trying to gain some traction in a very Republican district by lumping in his opponent, Rep. Doug Lamborn, with the Democratic leader. “Career politicians like Doug Lamborn and Nancy Pelosi have failed,” Halter says, as he gestures toward photos of Lamborn and Pelosi. “…There’s only one way to change Washington: Vote them out.”
Both the Graham and Barrow campaigns have been supported by national Democratic groups allied with Pelosi, an alliance Republicans are eager to emphasize.
Of course, Republicans are right to point out that these attacks are superficial posturing. There is no real revolt involved. But it does point to a hopeful sign that Democrats are desperate to appeal to voters and they know they have to oppose Pelosi in public to do it.
And the worse news is that it might work. It is a fact that, no matter how unpopular “Congress” is, no one votes up and down on Congress. One only votes for one’s own representative. What we find in every district is that Congress is hated as a whole, but one’s own Representative is always considered the one good guy in the group.
I doubt Democrats will succeed, but they are exploiting a known weakness in public perception.