After Glenn Youngkin’s big win in Virginia last week, some Democrats are heading for the exits.
The Virginia election was thought by many to be a preview of what’s coming in the 2022 midterm elections. If this week really is predictive, the Democrats are going to get trounced.
Some of them don’t want to wait around for that.
The Hill reports:
Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout
Democrats are bracing for the possibility of a coming wave of retirements as the party comes to grips with a series of ominous electoral losses in Virginia and other states that portend trouble in the 2022 midterms.
Fourteen House Democrats have already announced that they will not seek reelection in 2022. But the painful string of defeats in Tuesday’s off-year elections is stirring speculation that more of the party’s incumbents may be eyeing the exits ahead of the midterms in hopes of avoiding brutal reelection campaigns or being relegated once again to the minority.
Republicans, emboldened by their recent victories, are already firing warning shots at House Democrats. In an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), gave vulnerable Democratic incumbents an ultimatum: “Retire or lose.”
Those remarks came as the NRCC expanded its list of targets on Wednesday, adding 13 new Democratic incumbents in solidly blue, suburban districts, sending a signal that the GOP is prepared to go on offense in parts of the country that they previously appeared unlikely to win.
It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Holy sh*t guys – calls with Members of Congress & Hill contacts this AM about Democrat mood/strategy.
1. Get ready for an avalanche of Dem retirements, starting with Pelosi.
2. Biden Agenda dead. No way forward. Kaput
3. Members calling McCarthy "Mr. Speaker" now
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 3, 2021
Expect a lot of retirements from Congressional Democrats
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) November 3, 2021
The 2022 midterms are likely to be similar to 2010 and 2014. That’s bad news for Democrats.