With President Joe Biden’s approval ratings currently underwater and Americans’ patience with price increases at the pump and almost everywhere else, Republicans appear poised for historic gains in the 2022 midterm elections, an outcome that would bring Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) career as House speaker to an embarrassingly disastrous end.
According to the CNBC All-America Survey, the results of which were released late last week, the GOP now enjoys a record-breaking 10-point lead when it comes to the question of which party voters want in control of Congress.
As CNBC noted, that result is particularly startling given the fact that over the last two decades, its surveys or those conducted by NBC have never before recorded a double-digit Republican lead when it comes to Congressional preferences, with the most substantial prior GOP lead coming in at just four points.
In the words of pollster Jay Campbell, “If the election were tomorrow, it would be an absolute unmitigated disaster for the Democrats.”
Steve Liesman of CNBC echoed those sentiments when discussing more detailed aspects of the survey that dealt with Biden’s handling of the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic, opining, “When you dig into the details of this survey, it could not be better for Republicans or worse for the Democrats,” as Mediate emphasized.
Hot Air noted that the CNBC survey is one of three to emerge in the course of the past month that puts Republicans ahead of Democrats on a generic 2022 ballot by a margin of at least 10 points, placing a fine point on the jeopardy in which Pelosi and her party colleagues now find themselves.
If the current state of public opinion holds through next November’s election, Pelosi’s tenure as speaker will come to a humiliating end, and what’s more, it remains uncertain whether she even plans to seek reelection to her San Francisco-area congressional seat, with the octogenarian lawmaker showing reluctance to confirm or deny her intentions earlier this fall.
Even if, by some miracle, Democrats managed to retain control of the House following the midterm contests, Pelosi has previously hinted that she would abide by the terms of an agreement she made with the progressive wing of her party to limit her time at the helm, though the need for her to confront such a scenario looks increasingly unlikely, given the growing dissatisfaction brewing among the electorate.
Should predictions hold true and Republicans notch historic wins next year, Pelosi’s time as speaker will come to a long overdue end, but whether she sees the writing on the wall and is now orchestrating her ultimate exit from the political stage is something that remains to be seen.