Nancy Pelosi did everything but send Mitt Romney a thank you card and a fruit basket, while discussing how the GOP nominee helped House Democrats by picking Paul Ryan.
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CROWLEY: I read something in “Roll Call” that described the prospects for Democrats retaking the House as theoretically possible but unlikely. Would you agree with that?
PELOSI: No. I think that, first of all, I don’t know what that is, but I do know that the source of our confidence is, and that’s the quality of our candidates. They’re just great. The fact that they are strong in terms of their grass roots mobilization and their resource raising and the rest. And that the issues are with us.
For one year and a half since the Republicans passed their budget, which the Romney-Ryan now, Republican budget, which severs the Medicare guarantee, we have been saying three important issues of the campaign, and in alphabetical order they are Medicare, Medicare, Medicare.
On August 11th when Governor Romney chose Ryan, that was the pivotal day.
ROMNEY: Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party.
PELOSI: That is a day things really changed.
We were on a path. I would have said to you then we were dead even. Well, momentum is very much with us. The Medicare issue in this campaign.
So we have a message. We have the messengers. We have the money. We have the mobilization. We have an excellent chance to take back the House.
CROWLEY: Just quickly, the Romney campaign says that Medicare will always be a choice, but that they want to open it up so that they’re not cutting off the Medicare option.
PELOSI: Well, you know, that is completely upside down. It’s a contradiction of Medicare. Medicare is a guarantee. To make it a voucher is to put the decision in the hands of the insurance companies. Seniors know that. I’m a senior. I know that.
The whole pillar that Medicare is about economic and health security for our seniors and those who depend on Medicare. There are families who need their parents and grandparents to be provided for under Medicare. Everybody understands that.
If you don’t believe in Medicare, you will say what the Republicans are saying.
Nancy Pelosi could barely contain her joy on CNN’s State of the Union as she discussed what the selection of Paul Ryan has meant to Democratic prospects for retaking the House. It turns out that Ryan was a game changer after all. He gave Democrats a potent issue and a powerful message to run on in November.
Pelosi was correct. Polling by Democracy Corps the week before Ryan was chosen revealed that 35 of the 54 freshman House incumbents in districts that Obama won in 2008 are in trouble. The House is more in play than anyone could have expected at the start of 2012. The main reason why Democrats have a shot at retaking the House is the historically low popularity of the Republican led body, but the lackluster Romney campaign and his selection of Paul Ryan have made things worse.
Democratic prospects of retaking the House hinge on what happens when the Citizens United fueled right wing billionaire dollars hit the airwaves in congressional districts October. Will the right wing funds be able to stop the negative inertia at the top of the Republican ticket from taking down freshman House incumbents?
Whether or not Republicans keep the House may depend on how quickly Romney fades. If the GOP nominee is competitive or undergoes a revival after the debates, the right wing billionaire dollars will stay at the top of the ticket. If Romney/Ryan trudges through the rest of the campaign, and looks like a sure loser, those ad buys will shift into swing House districts.
Pelosi is absolutely giddy, because she has a chance. When Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan, he may not have only doomed his ticket, but also Republican control of the House of Representatives.
Mitt Romney really is the gift that keeps on giving to Democrats.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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