(PatriotWise.com)- Democrats suffered some major defeats in elections this week, most notably in Virginia where Republican Glenn Youngkin is now the governor-elect.
Despite the setbacks suffered by her party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Democrats won’t be changing course on pushing forward their massive social spending plan.
On Wednesday, Pelosi was questioned about her thoughts on the loss suffered by Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race for Virginia governor. The reporter asked whether that major loss would impact the agenda Democrats were hoping to put forward before next year’s crucial midterm elections.
“Well, the people have spoken. We respect the results. I’m very sad. Terry McAuliffe is a great leader, and he was good as governor of the state.”
A reporter asked her specifically whether the outcome changed the House’s outlook and agenda. She quickly responded: “No.”
Republicans in the House didn’t let the opportunity slip by, though. They responded to Pelosi by sending a tweet that read:
“The people REJECTED Biden and Pelosi’s Far Left Socialist agenda last night. Pelosi is a LAME DUCK Speaker.”
Only a few weeks ago, the Democrats were hyping up the race in Virginia between Youngkin and McAuliffe as an election that would affirm the agenda they were pushing. It was a bellwether election for the party, with even Vice President Kamala Harris chiming in:
“What happens in Virginia will, in large part, determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and on.”
Leading up to the election this week, though, it was apparent that things may not be as smooth for Democrats as they once believed. In response, they started downplaying how important the Virginia governor race actually was.
Only a few hours before Virginia started counting the ballots on Tuesday, President Joe Biden even distanced himself from the election, after playing an active part in stumping for his good friend McAuliffe.
Speaking from a climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden said:
“I don’t believe and I’ve not seen any evidence that whether or not I am doing well or poorly, whether or not I’ve got my agenda passed or not, is going to have any real impact on winning or losing. Even if we had passed my agenda, I wouldn’t claim we won because Biden’s agenda passed.”
He might be rethinking those comments now after Youngkin swept the floor with McAuliffe and is now the governor-elect in a state that Biden carried handily in last year’s presidential election.
With Biden back in the U.S. after his trip to Scotland for the climate summit, Democrats are back hard at work trying to come to some consensus among party members on the social spending package. The Build Back Better Act is still a multi-trillion-dollar package that has caused division among progressives and moderates in the party.
Biden and Pelosi have been working hard trying to get everyone in the Democratic Party to come together, but have been unsuccessful thus far.