If you are looking at the tea leaves, you are not liking your chances if you’re a Dem, especially if you have to defend your title in a tough district that Republicans do well in. When last we discussed this topic with you, Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO) said it was time to go on and he was going to think of other opportunities. He was the 26th Dem leaving the party in a very short time period.
But now, Democrat Congressmen Jim Langevin (RI) and Jerry McNerney (CA) are also jumping ship and packing up their belongings, making them the 27th and 28th Democrats to rush for the exits, either retiring or going for other offices. Both announced this week that they would be retiring.
Dems started in a bad position with being the party that holds the White House, which usually is a big disadvantage during the midterms. But when so many of them retire or leave going into the upcoming midterms, that makes it so much worse for them. In 2018, when the Dems flipped the House, they won 41 seats after GOP members had 34 people retire or go for other offices. So that is a very bad sign of what seems like a huge red wave coming.
Right now, Dems hold a very tight lead on seats in the U.S. House. GOP members only need to win five seats to take back the majority. Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) is about to be given her walking papers for her Speaker role and I am looking forward to seeing her pack up and leave.