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A Reluctant Defense of Nancy Pelosi

25 June 2017

"It's time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team", Rice said. The question of whether the Democratic Party can succeed in district races preoccupies many, including the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board.

The political number crunchers have produced a variety of analyses of the results in the recent special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC in an attempt to quantify the two parties' strength in the Trump era.

Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman, said she's done more than just raise money and that Pelosi is "without rival" as a legislative tactician. Having failed to oust Pelosi in a leadership challenge shortly after the election last fall, Ryan is working with colleagues to see if there's appetite for another attempt at replacing her, he said Thursday on ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast.

The renegade Democrats resurfaced again this week, after Tuesday's loss by Ossoff in a Georgia special election that received intense national coverage.

Democrats also lost in Montana where the Republican candidates won even after assault charges against him and also suffered losses in Kansas and SC. No other potential up-and-coming Democratic challenger to her leadership comes close.

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"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Filemon Vela, a Texas Democrat who supported Pelosi when she ran for the leadership previous year. "But her time has come and gone", Kathleen Rice, a Democratic congressman from NY, said on MSNBC yesterday morning.

Voting for unopposed candidates "just seems like an extra step in the process that we could eliminate", said the sponsor of the Arkansas law, Rep. Charlotte Douglas, who hasn't faced any opposition the past two elections. Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race. And Democratic lawmakers, strategists and party officials have been left scratching their heads about how to turn it around and launch a viable bid to reclaim Congress next year.

On "The Five" tonight, Jesse Watters said Pelosi fundamentally doesn't understand America or Americans. "She has been a great leader, but like every leader, time immemorial, it's time for people to know when to go", Rice said.

Things are falling apart for Nancy Pelosi, and that spells good news for Pelosi's Democratic primary rival Stephen Jaffe.

"I have no political debts to pay and my decisions will be made with one and only one consideration in mind - what's best for the lives of my neighbors in the Lowcountry", Cunningham said in a press release.

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And Rice backed Pelosi in last year's leadership fight. "I thrive on competition".

"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have". Which was fine by the Democrats who thought they were going to pounce and pick one off.

In the Georgia election, Republicans used a tactic they've been using for years, setting up the liberal Pelosi as a villain who needs to be stopped.

"It's a tactic. And it's self-evident", Pelosi said.

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