Voters reject left's extremism with conservative gains

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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U.S. Capitol 1While the presidential election results are being challenged in court, conservatives are celebrating other races.

Jessica Anderson of Heritage Action for America, the politically active arm of The Heritage Foundation, says, "The most important thing that happened on Election Day is that the blue wave never materialized."

"Many on the liberal left were talking about a complete takeover of the House, claiming even more Democratic Party seats, pushing back on the GOP majority in the Senate, and then obviously taking the White House," she continues. "But that tsunami from the left … just flat-out fizzled."

Pelosi wins 'war' with razor-thin majority of House seats

While the Trump campaign fights an uphill battle to win back battleground states, Capitol Hill is experiencing a shakeup after Republicans flipped numerous House seats.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has told the media it appears Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead the House with a 10-seat majority, but that slim majority could shrink even more because several House elections are still up in the air thanks to razor-thin results. 

McCarthy predicted Pelosi’s future as Speaker is in question since she needs 218 votes and some Democrats are unhappy with the election.

Just hours after Election Day, a leaked phone conference among Democrat lawmakers revealed their anger and frustration over the election results. In the same phone call, Pelosi pushed back and pointed out her party still controlled the House.

Democrats “lost some battles but we won the war,” she told her frustrated colleagues. 

Pelosi had promised the media dramatic wins across the country that not only failed to materialize but ended with a red wave of GOP pick-ups. In her home state, Pelosi watched GOP candidates win back three seats that were flipped by Democrat candidates in 2018.

If anything, a closer look at the makeup of the House shows positive gains for conservatives. For example, 13 new Republican women will join the ranks of 11 others in the House of Representatives.

In a story about the upcoming 117th Congress, which convenes Jan. 3, The Christian Post reports the GOP will nearly double its pro-life lawmakers from 13 to 24. All of those freshman GOP lawmakers are women.

Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List told CP the wave of pro-life women is a “stunning blow to Nancy Pelosi and her pro-abortion agenda.”

"These are all strong women that reject the left's version of feminism," Anderson reports. "They support having a family, love of country, they're pro-life, and they're eager to lead … in Washington. The Senate also welcomes Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), a staunch conservative."

Lummis is currently serving in the House of Representatives.

OneNewsNow recently reported that one thing even Democrats believe cost them in the 2020 election was the push to defund the police.

"The number-one concern and things that people brought to me was defunding the police," Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-Virginia) told her colleagues in a recent phone call. "We need to not ever use the word 'socialist' or 'socialism' ever again."

Speaking to MSNBC, former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said Democrats were losing voters because many in their base prefer the Republican take on social issues more than the divisive identity politics of the left:

"As we circled those issues, we left some voters behind – and Republicans dove in with a vengeance and grabbed those voters," said McCaskill.


Now, as the country awaits the final state tallies for the presidential election, the fact that it is so close tells Anderson "it is not a resounding mandate."

"If anything, voters rejected the extremism of the liberal left," the Heritage Action spokeswoman continues.

So now, many leading Democrats are arguing internally about issues like the defund police movement and the comfort level with socialism when it comes to Medicare for All or the Green New Deal.

That, notices Anderson, is not a story right now in the mainstream news.

"It won't be, I don't think, until the election results for the top of the ticket are firmly settled," she supposes.

When that day finally comes, Anderson expects to see the conversation of conservative women come to fruition.

"You're also going to see this larger narrative that the American people rejected the extremism of the left, and they want to see values and opportunities for all Americans going forward on these tough policy issues ahead," Anderson concludes.


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