Marie Harf: Dems Will Retake House, But Nancy Pelosi Will Not Be Speaker
Following Democrat Conor Lamb's apparent victory in the Pennsylvania special election, some have predicted a blue wave in the 2018 midterms, while others have suggested there could be a looming "civil war" between the moderate and progressive wings of the party.
Lamb, who has declared victory in the district President Trump won by nearly 20 points, ran with a moderate message, declaring his pro-life and pro-gun rights views and distancing himself from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
On "Outnumbered" on Friday, Marie Harf said Pelosi could be an asset in some midterm races and a hindrance in others.
"I do not think she will be speaker if the Democrats take the House back this November, which I think we will," Harf said.
The former Obama administration official said Pelosi will continue being a very successful fundraiser, but she noted that other Democrats have stepped up on that front.
"She no longer will own this incoming class of Democratic freshmen," Harf said.
Lisa Boothe said Lamb executed a smart strategy to appeal to the conservative-leaning voters in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district.
She said the question for Democrats is if there are more candidates like Lamb out there.