Nancy Pelosi: ‘Door is Open’ for Democrats in 2018

By on November 9, 2017
Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday about tax reform, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talked up the major election wins for Democrats on Tuesday night as a potential bellwether for next year’s midterm races.

“The door is certainly open for us,” said Pelosi.

She went on to compare President Trump’s approval numbers to those of President George W. Bush’s job in the first year after he won re-election.

“In ’05, right now, we have President Bush down to 38 percent,” Pelosi said. “That’s approximately where President Trump is now. That opens the door. That means we get the fresh recruits and they get the retirements.”

Schumer also chimed in, saying that the GOP should be taking Tuesday’s results very seriously.

“In 2005, I was head of the DSCC,” he said, referring to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “And you could smell a wave coming. The results last night smell exactly the same way. Our Republican friends better look out.”

There’s no doubt that Tuesday night’s results should be very encouraging for liberals and those opposed to the Trump agenda. That said, it’s a long way until next November. There’s a lot of political real estate to cover and the gains made yesterday will only go so far. They are a great jumping off point, but the left is going to have to continue to stay tenacious and organized if it hopes to hold back the inevitable counter-punch that’s going to come from the GOP.

The biggest enemy of Democrats right now is complacency. It can be awfully tempting to revel in the gubernatorial and other down-ballot victories of 2017, but in terms of the long game, 2018 and 2020 must be the major points of focus if they stand any chance of wrestling away control of Congress, let alone the Oval Office, from Republicans.