President Barack Obama told House Democrats that his aggressive political agenda can help Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi regain the speakership of the House.
“It won’t be smooth, it won’t be simple, there will be frustrations, there will be times when you guys will be mad at me …. [but] as a byproduct of doing that good work, I would expect that Nancy Pelosi will be speaker again soon,” he said during a lunchtime speech at the Leesburg, Va., summit of the Democrats’ congressmen and congresswomen.
He outlined that agenda in his speech, telling the House members he would push for increased taxes, for curbs on guns and for an rewrite of immigration law.
Those controversies may divide the GOP’s House caucus, and may also spur turnout in 2014 by seniors on Medicare, and by the suburbanites and Hispanics who usually vote at lower rates during off-year elections. During the tenure of President George W. Bush, the GOP’s efforts to highlight political divides that favored the GOP — such as state ballots that defined marriage — were slammed as “wedge issues” by Democratic activists and establishment media outlets.