Dozen frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

Posted June 25, 2017

Following unsuccessful attempts in recent special elections in Montana and Kansas, the Democrats were hoping to slam the Republicans on Tuesday.

During her weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Republican attacks on her are really about attacking her district encompassing the city of San Francisco.

"We need a winning strategy and I think the first step to getting to a winning strategy is a change in leadership", Rice told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day".

"There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, 'I'm done".

"That is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections, sad to say", Pelosi added, in a reference to her unparalleled fundraising hauls.

Democrats have been doing plenty of self-reflection since they lost the special election in Georgia's sixth district on Tuesday.

The party of Pelosi poured $30 million into the race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff for the right to represent the Newt Gingrich conservatives of suburban Atlanta's 6th Congressional District.

It is pretentious to say they will never support Democrats because they are Republicans.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain. Traditionally, the party that's out of power picks up seats.

A dozen Democrats, led by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), discussed whether the hope to retake the House of Representatives from the Republicans would be dashed if Pelosi was still leading their caucus.

"I don't think that any party should allow the opposite party to choose their leaders", she said.

"They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said Thursday. On June 22, The New York Times front-page headline read "Democrats Fume as Georgia Loss Deepens Discord". In this week's election, Georgia voters, many of whom are skeptical of President Donald Trump and his tweets, demonstrated they nevertheless want more from an opposition than rants and adolescent rage over losing an election.

Republicans won on marginal Republican turf, but it was closer than past elections would have suggested it should be.

Pelosi is a prolific fundraiser for her party, and a savvy legislator with few rivals on Capitol Hill when it comes to cutting the deals necessary to keep government in motion. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada. The seats they ultimately won this year were already mostly Republican-leaning districts - and many will argue that the GOP should have won all of them handily.

Of the political impact of the Republican attacks: "I think I'm worth the trouble", she said.

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

Some, including Ossoff himself, characterized this election a chance for voters to indicate whether they truly approve or disapprove of the Trump presidency, saying that the election could "send a message that will be heard across the country and around the world".

But Pelosi continues to command great loyalty from many in the House, and she insisted her position was not in jeopardy.

"I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do", Texas Rep. Filemon Vela told CNN.

These Democrats might be on to something, especially in light of the way Pelosi figured into the Republican campaign in Georgia.