In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Saturday, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota confidently asserted that voters are poised to hold Democrats’ feet to the fire during the 2022 midterms and “retire [House Speaker} Nancy Pelosi once and for all.”
Given that the GOP is a mere five seats short of controlling the House of Representatives and just one seat shy of the Senate majority, host Matthew Boyle spoke with Emmer about his thoughts on party’s prospects for the upcoming election cycle and whether a national course correction is possible.
Urging action at the local level, Emmer suggested that it is incumbent on all conservatives to identify the candidates willing to champion their values, support them financially, and take an active role in securing their election by volunteering for campaigns, adding, “the world is run by those who show up and those who show up and do the work, they own our freedom.”
“If you sit back and be quiet, you’re not gonna be happy with what these socialist Democrats are gonna do to our country, cause this is no longer a choice between a degree of freedom – the right of someone to self-determine versus the size and scope of government – this is literally a choice between two fundamental different views of the United States of America,” Emmer further cautioned.
In terms of specific strategies for accomplishing the party’s broader goals, Emmer detailed a series of seats to which significant NRCC resources are being sent, and those include districts currently represented by Democrat Reps. Ron Kind (WI), Tom Malinowski (NJ) and Cindy Axne (IA). Citing a series of scandals and gaffes that have plagued those lawmakers, Emmer expressed a firm belief that those seats are very vulnerable and ripe for the picking.
Explaining that the NRCC is zeroing in on 58 key congressional districts, Emmer maintained that Republicans are in good shape to reclaim control of the House and “retire Nancy Pelosi once and for all,” adding that it is “time for her to leave.”
Indeed, if historical trends as well as recent polling are any indication, Emmer’s confidence is likely well-placed. A recent survey conducted by the NRCC revealed that battleground voters are increasingly dissatisfied with rising inflation, increased rates of violent crime, and the crisis at the country’s southern border, with significant numbers expressing the belief that Republicans are more likely to successfully address these concerns, as Breitbart reported separately.
As Fortune recently pointed out, historical patterns also do not bode well for Democrats in 2022. The party currently in power only needs to lose a tiny handful of House seats in the midterms to cede control of the chamber, and going back to 1862 the party of the sitting president has had average losses of roughly 32 seats. Take that, together with congressional redistricting due to census apportionment that favors the GOP, and rather bleak outlook for the left emerges.
It is worth noting that Pelosi herself has signaled that her current term as speaker is likely to be her last, owing to a previous pact she made with progressive members of her party to limit her tenure at the top. But if Emmer’s prognostications are correct, that is just one of many causes for Republican optimism heading into next year’s pivotal midterm battles.