The woman initially selected to head up the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board — dubbed the “Ministry of Truth” by conservatives — is calling out the current Speaker of the House for dealing in, of all things, disinformation.
Nina Jankowicz said that Nancy Pelosi was essentially lying in a fundraising letter claiming that Democrats have a great chance of keeping the House in the 2022 midterms, despite several analyses and surveys that suggest otherwise.
“While it’s not the most outrageous falsely-attributed statement I’ve seen in a 22 fundraising email, this blatant misrepresentation of @fivethirtyeight’s work is unacceptable. Dems should drop this disinfo (as I would wager it was deliberate) & focus fundraising on real issues,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
“In every Congressional testimony I’ve given, I’ve emphasized that disinformation is a democratic issue, not a partisan one. The current polarized, hysterical climate around imaginary versions of counter-disinformation work makes doing it impossible,” she added.
While it's not the most outrageous falsely-attributed statement I've seen in a ‘22 fundraising email, this blatant misrepresentation of @fivethirtyeight's work is unacceptable. Dems should drop this disinfo (as I would wager it was deliberate) & focus fundraising on real issues. https://t.co/zB6EhafttW
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) July 5, 2022
In every Congressional testimony I've given, I've emphasized that disinformation is a democratic issue, not a partisan one.
The current polarized, hysterical climate around imaginary versions of counter-disinformation work makes doing it impossible.https://t.co/e5h01YeGP3
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) July 6, 2022
Pollster Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight also weighed in, adding: “Yeah, this is straight-up misinformation from Pelosi. We have Democrats as heavy underdogs in Florida and Ohio.”
According to Mediaite: “In Pelosi’s email, she was so excited that she said she was in ‘disbelief,’ claiming Silver’s FiveThirtyEight had Democrats tracking to win seats in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio.”
An insider report published in May painted a dismal picture for a Democrat Party that was already facing a dismal 2022 election cycle.
According to Punchbowl News, Democrats know that they are in worse shape than they are admitting in public:
House Democrats may be in worse political peril than they’ve let on publicly.
During a Thursday luncheon last week with DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney, Frontline Democrats – the party’s most endangered lawmakers – were told that, in battleground districts, the generic Republican is beating the generic Democrat, 47-39, according to lawmakers, multiple party officials and the DCCC.
This is a stunning margin and highlights the incredibly perilous position Democrats find themselves in.
Given that Democrats generally have a three- or four-point built in advantage on the generic ballot, this is a particularly concerning development for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority. An eight-point deficit on the generic ballot could be a sign of a wave for House Republicans.
Rather than focus on issues that poll after poll shows most voters (in both parties) care most about — inflation, gas/diesel prices, shortages including baby formula, the porous border — Democrats have set upon a strategy to try and demonize “MAGA,” former President Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ 2016 campaign theme.
But so far anyway, that doesn’t seem to be working out, according to Punchbowl’s report:
Biden’s deep unpopularity and the political ditch Democrats find themselves in is also evident in private polling conducted by the Congressional Leadership fund, the Kevin McCarthy-linked super PAC.
CLF polled 16 districts that Biden won by an average of eight points. They found that the president’s job approval rating is eight points underwater, and the generic ballot is tied.
In other words, Republicans contend that seats that Biden won by eight points are now “toss-up” districts. Districts polled include seats held by Reps. Abigail Spanberger (Va.), Kim Schrier (Wash.), Mike Levin (Calif.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Angie Craig (Minn.), Susie Lee (Nev.) and Jahana Hayes (Conn.).
Schrader was being beaten handily … by a progressive challenger, making the seat an even more attractive target for Republicans.