Molly Ball: Don't Trust Pelosi's Predictions About Dems Retaking the House

May 5, 2017

Molly Ball, a staff writer for the Atlantic, said Friday that no one should ever trust House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) ability to predict Democratic wins in the House of Representatives, pointing out that Pelosi incorrectly predicted Democratic majorities in the last three election cycles.

"I don't think we should ever take Nancy Pelosi's word for what's going to happen in the House," Ball told a CNN panel.

"Inside Politics" host John King reported that Pelosi thought Democrats could retake the House in 2018. He later asked the panel if Pelosi was correct in arguing that some House Republicans would risk losing their seats if they voted for the American Health Care Act, the GOP plan to replace Obamacare.

"You vote for this bill, you have walked the plank from moderate to radical," Pelosi said on the House floor Thursday.

"You will glow in the dark," she added in an apparent attempt to scare Republicans away from voting for President Trump's health care law.

The House passed the AHCA on Thursday with 217 Republican votes. Twenty Republicans, mainly moderates, joined 193 Democrats in voting against the bill.

Ball noted that Pelosi failed to predict Republican wins in previous election cycles.

"I recall she predicted Democrats were going to take back the House in 2012, in 2014, and in 2016, so she always makes that prediction," Ball said.