November 30, 2016

New America Rising Video: “Pulling The Fire Alarm”

Following today’s House Democrat leadership elections, America Rising PAC is releasing a new video, “Pulling The Fire Alarm,” that highlights some of Rep. Tim Ryan’s sharpest criticisms of Nancy Pelosi.

Despite Pelosi’s win, which was widely expected, what this video highlights is the deep divisions that will remain within the Democratic Party, and the challenging path forward they now face.

Fully 63 Democratic caucus members—“a significant defection,” as The New York Times notes—voted for a leader other than Pelosi, and now all will be forced to vote for her for Speaker, thereby perpetuating the very problem that Ryan highlighted when he noted that “a hundred and sixty thousand ads tying our candidate to our Leader, to Pelosi, and that sank us.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) put it best when he said, “[T]here are troubled waters here that won’t be masked just because she wins this election.” Indeed. And with today’s vote being “the highest margin of rejection Pelosi ever faced,” it’s clear some Democrats are beginning to realize they’re badly off track and out of step with the American people.

See below for a transcript of “Pulling The Fire Alarm”:

NBC NEWS’ KASIE HUNT: “This is a minor earthquake.”

FOX NEWS’ CHRIS WALLCE: “Congressman Tim Ryan describes it as David versus Goliath.”

REP. TIM RYAN: “Now I’m pulling the fire alarm because the house is burning down.”

“We’re not winning.”

“How many seats do we have to lose before we make a change?”

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again.”

REPORTER READING RYAN STATEMENT: “…keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections.”

RYAN: “This is about the Leaders’ record.”

“…The lowest number of state and federal officials since Reconstruction.”

MSNBC’S JOE SCARBOROUGH: “You’ve lost 68 seats since 2010?”

RYAN: “Sixty-eight seats since 2010, we have the smallest majority since 1929 in our caucus.”

“A hundred and sixty thousand ads tying our candidate to our Leader, to Pelosi, and that sank us.”

“And I think we’ve turned into a coastal party. We are no longer a national party.”

“I mean, the question is, how bad does it have to get before we recognize we have to change?”

“And there are a lot of Members of Congress who now are understanding that we need to make a change. We can’t keep running the same plays, Chris. We’re not winning.”

HUNT: “I think this underscores just how divided Democrats are right now.”

RYAN: “How bad does it have to get?”