House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Attorney General Eric Holder had a blunt message for Wisconsin delegates this morning: it’s all on your shoulders.
But no pressure.
Pelosi, D-Calif., and Holder addressed the delegation during its final virtual breakfast meeting, driving home the point that the path to the presidency runs through Wisconsin.
“The fate of the United States, the fate of the western world is on your shoulders. But not too much pressure,” Holder said as he addressed the delegation.
Pelosi added later, “No pressure. It’s all riding on Wisconsin. No pressure.”
They also both stressed the importance of down ballot races this fall with Pelosi focused on the House and Holder on legislative races.
Pelosi said she is looking at the 2020 elections as a chance to set the stage for 2022.
“We want to win so big, so deep, so broad that no one will think about challenging our majority in the next election,” Pelosi said.
Holder spent much of his time addressing the delegates talking about state races and what he called the most gerrymandered legislative map in the country. Holder’s National Redistricting Committee has gotten involved in Wisconsin races in recent years, and he touted its work as Supreme Court justices Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky have won seats on the bench.
He warned that Gov. Tony Evers’ veto would be meaningless if Republicans win two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature this fall. And if that happens, Republicans would be able to override Evers veto of another gerrymandered map.
Holder said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, has done the “bidding” of the Koch brothers and the NRA without “lifting a finger to help working families.” He told delegates to never forget how Vos “had the gall to wear full PPE” to a polling place this spring and then declare it was safe for people to vote in person.
“This is the kind of politics gerrymandering has created in Wisconsin,” Holder said, adding there’s one set of rules for those in power and their allies and another for everyone else.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also urged Dems to fight for a decisive victory this fall, though she said it was needed to ensure President Trump leaves the White House if he loses.
Whitmer referenced Trump’s comments that he’ll “have to see” how the election goes before deciding if he’ll accept the results. He has repeatedly, without significant evidence, raised the prospect of voter fraud this fall and told a crowd in Oshkosh the only way he could lose this fall is if the election is rigged.
“We can’t just win the election. We have to win it decisively,” she said.