Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

by Abel Hampton June 27, 2017, 7:23

And they've been winning a lot.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi in front of Capitol on Thursday. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck (Schumer) stay!"

Nevertheless, Pelosi believes that President Donald Trump's unpopularity, the history of mid-term elections and Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, whose passage was the highlight of her brief speakership, present an opportunity to recoup. Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by around 5 percentage points in the suburban Atlanta district previously represented by Tom Price, now the Health and Human Services secretary.

Reps. Seth Moulton (Mass.) and Kathleen Rice (N.Y.), two younger Democrats who supported Ryan's bid, echoed that sentiment in interviews on Wednesday.

Why the relentless focus on the Democratic congresswoman from San Francisco?

"Right now, what I'm pushing for is a conversation within the caucus", Rice said.

Representative Seth Moulton, Democrat of MA, said the defeat was "frustrating" and urged a shake-up at the top of the party.

Democrats need to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader if they are going to win future elections, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday. "That still moves the needle", Ryan said.

She also dismissed the notion that the Republicans' longtime tactic to hold her up as a partisan lightening rod drags down public opinion about fellow congressional Democrats and candidates.

"She consistently polls very unfavorable [and] I think in this instance, it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", John Rogers, executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on a post-election phone call. She has the "overwhelming support" of her caucus, she said.

Pelosi brushed off the tweet, contending that Trump hadn't actually written it himself because "it's a classic Republican line".

"It was a reach then and I think it will still be a reach in 2018", said one Democratic operative following the race.

Georgia's 6th shares numerous same characteristics as the districts that Democrats believe will pave their way to a House majority in 2018. Now, with Obama and Reid gone, Republicans have occasionally tried latching Democratic senators to Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, with mixed results. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi past year, at $592,500.

Ossoff regularly attempted to deflect questions about whether he would back Pelosi in the House, saying he hadn't given it any thought. When Democrats took control of the House in 2007, Pelosi became the first - and so far only - woman Speaker of the House.

"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership".

"Clearly Karen Handel defended us on (healthcare) and ran on, 'We need to get this stuff done".

Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.

The vote was 134 votes for Pelosi to 63 for Ryan. "Many times I had not really wanted to run again, and (Democrats) called on me to do so".

A successful Republican strategy in Tuesday's race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District included promoting a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message to drive out the conservative base.

The Georgia race was seen by many as an early referendum on Trump. And people don't look at the Democrats for this, small businesses people don't look at the Democrats for this.

As Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's Morning, noted yesterday, the defeat of Jon Ossoff shows that the road to revival for the Democratic Party is a long one.

Democrats were hesitant to attack the President in such a historically heavily Republican district.

Neera Tanden, the head of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, tweeted that Democrats needed to hit back much harder. He said speaker, but at this point-that's a stretch to project a Democratic takeover when they just had the rug ripped from under them in Georgia.

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