Nancy Pelosi still living in Obamacare Imaginationland

Nancy Pelosi

Ex- Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that Democrats lost their House majority in 2010, not because voter outrage over the passage of Obamacare, but rather because of the Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark free speech case, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

Pelosi made the comments during an interview with MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, who asked the now-House minority leader whether she thought that Democrats could have still passed Obamacare and kept control of the chamber in the 2010 mid-term election.

“When you look back, though, at passage of this four years ago, and then your party suffered what President Obama called the ‘shellacking’ in the mid-terms, historic losses and you’ve been in the minority here since then,” said Kornacki, “do you look back at the passage of that and say, if we had done ‘X’ differently, we could have kept the House?”

“No,” Pelosi replied.

“Is there a way to pass that and keep the House?” the host prodded. Pelosi cut off Kornacki, saying “no,” repeatedly, and launched into a tirade about Citizens United, insisting that Democrats lost the chamber because of outside groups.

“First of all, I don’t subscribe to the notion that we lost because of the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi told Kornacki. ”So you’ve gone all the way down a path that I didn’t come down with you.”

“We lost the election because, in February, earlier in the year, the Supreme Court sent down the decision of Citizens United,” she said. “And that meant unlimited, unidentified special interest money could flood the elections.”

One of the most amazing things about Pelosi is how laughably bad she is at spin. It’s amazing that House Democrats continue to prop her up in a leadership position. Yeah, Pelosi may be a good fundraiser, but, at the end of the day, she sounds like Obamacare’s “Baghdad Bob.”

Money doesn’t necessarily translate into electoral wins. Republican-leaning “super PACs” overwhelmingly outspent their Democratic counterparts in 2012, but came away empty, failing to defeat President Obama or take control of the Senate. Republicans also had a spending advantage in 2010, but the difference wasn’t nearly as large by comparison.

Currently, Democrat-leaning super PACs are actually outspending Republicans ahead of the 2014 mid-term election, and yet, political analysts are talking about a possible GOP takeover of the Senate.

Yeah, so, feel free to deny that the anti-Obamacare sentiment didn’t have anything to do with the electoral blowout Democrats saw in 2010. Because, you know, those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it.


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