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Democrats don’t think they will take the House

Democrats don’t think they will take the House

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may be confident Democrats will wrest control of the House from Republicans in next month’s election “but her troops don’t seem to be buying it,” The Hill reported Thursday.

The front page headline tells Capitol Hill insiders, “Pelosi’s troops not measuring the drapes,” and reveals that Democratic lawmakers and their aides, as well as their lobbyist friends “are showing little of the eager anticipation they had six years ago, when they knocked Republicans out of power.”

“Unlike in 2006, there are no upper-level leadership races brewing, nor are efforts under way to review and revise caucus rules. Fundraisers touting future committee chairmen, which were common ahead of the ’06 midterm, are notably absent, as are policy agendas for a hypothetical Democratic majority,” The Hill reported.

Pelosi bragged to reporters before leaving town last month to campaign across the country for her colleagues that “The momentum is with us. Our motto is don’t agonize, organize.”

But as one Democratic aide told the paper, “Really, what’s the likelihood of taking back the House?”

Democrats would need to win 25 seats in order to win control.

Pelosi’s campaign strategy this week was to blame Republicans and budget cuts for the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on the September 11 anniversary.

Pelosi was with President Barack Obama in Denver Wednesday for the debate, and tonight she will host a fundraiser in New York with former Vice President Al Gore to raise money for Democratic House hopefuls.

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