Publicado: Lun, Marcha 19, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Nancy Pelosi doesn't mind being sacrificial Lamb - at least metaphorically

Nancy Pelosi doesn't mind being sacrificial Lamb - at least metaphorically

Lamb faced an onslaught of attacks from his opponent and other Republican groups attempting to link him to Pelosi.

But we don't know whether it actually did help.

While Lamb did note on several occasions he was not supporting Pelosi, she doesn't believe that was a major pillar of his campaign. It's also true that because of her gender she's the target of particular venom.

Today we have two parties that are as far apart ideologically, and as internally unified, as they've been in any of our lifetimes. Lamb's surprising success has some other Democrats considering a similar strategy in upcoming elections. Nancy Pelosi speaks at SF Mayor Ed Lee's memorial serviceThroughout his campaign, Lamb disavowed Pelosi saying the party needs new leadership, and if elected he would support someone else. This is part of a bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

But even in that context of polarization, both parties have to compete in places where there are lots of the other party's voters around.

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"I don't think your opponents should choose your party's leaders", she said. "But I don't think it's the misrepresentations that are demonizations that are put out against any leader in the Democratic side".

This month's special election contest in Pennsylvania's 18th District - a conservative stronghold that favored President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE by nearly 20 points in 2016 - was no exception, as the Republicans and outside conservative groups ran numerous ads connecting Lamb to Pelosi in hopes of eroding support for the Democratic hopeful. Pelosi is likely to take the same position with them that she took with Lamb: If you think it's going to help you win, go right ahead. They can't win on the issues, so they go after a person.

The congresswoman is the Democrats' most consistent fundraiser, Axios reported. "I think he ran on his positive agenda", Pelosi said, citing his support for protecting Medicare, helping working families and the backing he got from unions. There was a time when few Democrats would have questioned that assertion.

"Dems point out the members and candidates can distance themselves from their leader for political reasons, but then ultimately vote for her", Allen noted. But Republicans clearly continue to see her as a winning issue.

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