Reviews | Pelosi found the Democrats’ mid-term strategy

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As Republicans launched into a new furor on Tuesday over the execution of a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Democrats took victory laps and spelled out their message halfway through.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has remained staunchly optimistic about the midterm elections, now has good reason to tout the Democratic outlook. Even when other issues surfaced (e.g., Trump’s impeachment for inciting an attack on the US Capitol), Pelosi still championed the race for “kitchen table” issues, as she regularly puts it, like cutting back the cost of health insurance premiums and prescription drugs.

She did it well during an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday. She spoke of several legislative victories that fall into this category, such as the CHIPS and Science Act that President Biden signed into law on Tuesday, and the PACT Act, which will expand health care for sick veterans. The speaker also welcomed the pending Inflation Reduction Act, the reconciliation package that the Senate recently passed. “It’s pretty exciting,” she said, adding, “There’s an integrity. And yeah, it’s about meeting the needs of working American families for the people, not politics.

Later, at a signing ceremony at the White House, she was again messaged: “The CHIPS and Science Act is a historic achievement – cutting kitchen table costs and creating well-paying jobs for American families,” she said. “It is our primary responsibility, domestically. To bring American semiconductor production back to world-leading status. And to unleash American science and technology to maintain our leadership for the future.

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Above all, she told her members, Democrats should run on what they’ve done. Naturally, that will mean highlighting all the measures Republicans have opposed (the $35 price cap on insulin being among the juiciest targets).

But she also says Democrats need to focus on their future agenda. If Democrats can hold the House and add two more Senate seats, she said at the signing ceremony, “we can do a lot more in the US Senate for the Voting Rights Act and Voting Protections. , and the list goes on – a woman’s right to choose and the rest.

Since the Supreme Court struck down federal protections for abortion rights, she and dozens of Democrats have raised the issue to the top of their agendas. For Democrats like Representative Elaine Luria (Virginia), abortion now features prominently in their ads:

Rep. Kim Schrier (Wash.) made a similar announcement:

Even in red states like Kansas and Nebraska, Democrats are addressing the “cultural” issue. They found that talking about reproductive rights — such as protecting women from forced pregnancy and childbirth, access to post-miscarriage care, and protecting privacy — works against a party calling for outright bans. Across the country.

Ironically, the Democratic candidates don’t need to do much about their third problem: Republican anarchy, penchant for violence, and hostility toward law enforcement. Asked on NBC News‘ “Today Show” about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s hysterical reaction to the news that the FBI searched Trump’s residence, Pelosi dismissed the Republican leader’s statement and said: “We believe in the rule of law. And that is what it is about in our country. And no one is above the law. Not even the President of the United States. Not even a former president of the United States.

Plus, the Democratic House and Senate candidates don’t need to do much about the Jan. 6 uprising, Republicans’ slavish support for the ‘big lie’, their refusal to hold Trump accountable. and threats from Holocaust deniers to refuse to certify opponents. ‘ won. They can easily drill down into the clear and present danger that Trump’s Republican supplicants pose to the country. And they can rely heavily on the Jan. 6 House Select Committee report and the megaphone that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) uses effectively. (If the Democrats are lucky, Trump will declare his 2024 candidacy and scare off the majority of the electorate who fear his return to power.)

Overall, Democrats are ready to go on the offensive. They can brag about their legislative victories and promise to fight for the right to abortion. And they can do it while reminding voters that the GOP cannot be handed power.

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