Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives took a beating in the 2020 election, which was especially shocking given that many of them confidently predicted a “blue wave” would wash over the lower chamber.
According to the Washington Examiner, a number of House Democrats are have revealed that their slim majority control of the House could be in jeopardy for the 2022 midterms, citing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s continued embrace of the most radical leftist elements of the party as detrimental to securing another majority victory.
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) is already warning his colleagues that 2022 could be considerably worse than the results of the 2020 election, admitting in a recent interview with leading liberal think tank NDN that Republicans have capitalized on a number of key issues that tend to scare most voters.
“We were defined by Republicans in ways that were pretty effective around a couple of issues,” Peters said, regarding the Republicans accusing House Democrats of embracing socialism, defunding the police and their soft approach to the continued immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.
Peters wants his fellow moderate and centrist Democrats to tackle those issues head-on to educate American voters that they’re not going to turn America into Venezuela anytime soon and that there is certainly a place for free markets and capitalism.
The California Democrat’s concerns echo the worry of some of his colleagues, as far back as November, when other House Democrats admitted that they took a lashing in the 2020 election when they should have gained seats.
One of those Democrats pushing back against Pelosi and her seeming blind-eye to the progressives in the party was Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer, who warned her colleagues to stop using phrases that very obviously scared away voters in their districts to the other side, according to ABC News.
“We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger said. “We have to not use the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again.”