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After string of defeats, Democrats rudderless in Trump era

25 June 2017

So while Pelosi took heat from some party colleagues after Democrat Jon Ossoff lost his bid for a Georgia House seat, and found herself grilled hard by reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday, she will survive.

"She just doesn't help our candidates in those swing districts with independent voters and Republican voters", Vela said on CNN's "Newsroom" Friday.

Rep. Rice disagreed, saying, "There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that's well before, hopefully, November of next year".

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership, and her job, on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

Pelosi beat back a leadership challenge late past year from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), with two-thirds of her caucus supporting her.

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Democratic critics say it's time to change the party's House leadership, which has been static for over a decade, to make room for fresh voices and a new direction.

Haberman also commented on this action, noting it seems to show she is concerned about Democratic challenges to her leadership while pointing out how self-serving it is, which plays to much of the criticism towards the Democratic leader.

Even tougher on Ossoff's centrist posture, chairman Jim Dean of the liberal activist Democracy for America blamed the candidate for "lighting millions of dollars on fire" and playing the "same, exhausted centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle".

Hoyer said about the 2018 midterms, "I think we can win back the House, I really believe that".

It's no surprise that the Dems tanked, given the inept leadership they have in Congress, especially in the House, where Nancy Pelosi calls the shots as the minority leader.

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Since 1990, she's raised more than $9.2 million for party candidates, including $739,000 in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks contributions from candidate committees and affiliated PACs.

"The whole Democratic message under Pelosi is built on fantasy", Watters said.

In fact Pelosi, 77, has emerged as a favorite GOP bogeyman and was the target of a barrage of negative advertising in the Georgia House race, mocking her as a San Francisco liberal and tying her to Ossoff. She's also credited for many legislative successes on Capitol Hill. Some on the left argued for a sharper progressive message and more pointed attacks on Republicans and Trump, while Democrats from Midwestern and working-class districts emphasized the importance of an economic message that could appeal to working class voters who were drawn to Trump.

The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads against her have taken their toll when it comes to public opinion. Democrats lose again (0-4). Do Democrats have a bigger problem than their leadership? Democrats have been chafing in the minority since they were thrust there in 2010 after risky votes in favor of President Barack Obama's initiatives including the Affordable Care Act.

Nancy Pelosi is still their party's prom queen.

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After string of defeats, Democrats rudderless in Trump era