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Survival Mode: Nancy Pelosi endorses Daniel Lipinski

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As the Democrats move towards socialism, certain Democrats stand in the way. Daniel Lipinski, the longtime representative of Illinois 3rd District, is in an intense primary battle. Daniel Lipinski is a pro-life and a Democrat which is a heated factor in this primary. His opponent is Marie Newman, a staunchly pro-abortion candidate. She has received numerous endorsement from Democrats in Congress, among them are Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). Leftist are rallying around Newman. In a previous NOQ Report article this race was considered one of the most important because it was the first battleground in a possible intra-party civil war. Marie Newman is a strong candidate and not reliant on any social media platform. If it weren’t for big union support, Lipinski would be in serious trouble.

Enter Pelosi

Washington Examiner: Nancy Pelosi backs Dan Lipinski for re-election despite his opposition to abortion

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday she supports Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and his bid for re-election, even as other Democrats have said they oppose him because he opposes legal abortion.

“Yes, I do,” Pelosi told reporters at the end of her weekly press conference Thursday when asked if she supports him.

Lipinski’s position on abortion has drawn opposition from progressive and pro-abortion lawmakers such as Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., both of whom have endorsed his primary challenger, Marie Newman. Lipinski has not been endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Despite her own pro-choice stance, Pelosi does not have a litmus test on the issue when it comes to members in her own party. In an interview last year, Pelosi and the DCCC said there is room in the party for pro-choice Democrats like Lipinski.

My Take

This resembles a power move, but it’s not. In the past, we have seen instances with Republican leadership using power moves against more ideologically strong candidates, such as in the 2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Election. Instead, this is survival mode. As the Democrats move left, Nancy Pelosi is left with the dilemma of how to remain on top. The current Democratic makeup in Congress doesn’t have nearly enough interest in replacing her. New socialist types, on the other hand, they could want one of their own in that role.

But I think remaining the Democrat front-figure in the House is only part of the issue. Daniel Lipinski is a likable Democrat. Getting rid of likable JFK types for Fidel Castro types isn’t a winning strategy for them. Identity politics has lost Democrats 3 of the last 4 major election cycles. Pelosi stating that the Democrat cannot turn down pro-lifers in their party may be her acknowledging the reality of the state of the party. They aren’t winning, and being staunchly pro-abortion won’t get them there.

Simply put, abortion is not a good litmus test for Democrats. The strategy is killing the party in America’s heartland. Perhaps Pelosi realizes this. Or perhaps it’s all about her seat in power. You decide.

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