When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on Monday, there was little doubt the city’s favorite daughter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), would use the unlikely victory as a hopeful sign for embattled Democrats in the midterm elections.
She made good on that Tuesday afternoon, boasting about the win to reporters at Democratic headquarters as she struck a confident tone about her party’s chances at the polls.
“Fear the beard,” Pelosi said with a laugh, adopting the rallying cry inspired by the Giants’ black-bearded closer, Brian Wilson. “Do you think tonight I could walk out there with a beard?” Pelosi quipped.
Minutes later, she said she would flip a coin with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, over who would wear the beard at the party’s election watch party later Tuesday.
Pelosi, a Baltimore native who now represents San Francisco, won a bet with Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) over the outcome of the series.
On a more serious note, the Speaker said Democrats were “on pace to retain the majority in the House of Representatives,” despite widespread prognostications that Republicans would win back the lower chamber.
“We are very confident in our candidates and the message they are delivering, to preserve Social Security and make it in America,” Pelosi said. “This election won’t be determined by the pundits, and it won’t be determined by a few precincts in the East.”
Van Hollen said “millions of people around the country are proving the Washington pundits absolutely wrong. We’re seeing high levels of energy on the Democratic side.”
“This thing is not over,” Van Hollen said. “In fact, voters are sending the opposite message.”
He said Democrats were seeing strong turnout in key precincts, without citing specifics.