The leadership of the House Democratic Caucus tried to put the best face on Tuesday's special election losses in Georgia and SC by saying they're making progress, and the GOP victories were much more narrow than in the past. Several congressmen have gone so far as to suggest that Pelosi ought to step down and allow the party to rebrand itself moving forward.
According to the CRP, Pelosi ranks third in generosity to other candidates over the past 27 years, behind Hoyer ($11.8 million) and former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio ($11.1 million).
Fighting to keep her job as minority leader in the House, she blamed Republicans. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country". But he said it should send a strong signal to Democrats thinking about taking back the White House. Already accusative fingers have pointed to Nancy Pelosi, not that she's not a dedicated Progressive, but because she has become the elderly face of the growingly dysfunctional Democrat Party and an albatross around the party's neck.
Republicans have won all four of the four special elections that have been held under President Trump.
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Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for minority leader and now says that his party is in trouble in 2018 if Republicans were able to convince independents and Republicans that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for Pelosi's agenda. But, Vela insisted "that would all change now", adding that while the House Democratic Caucus ultimately determines who the new leader would be, "if it's somebody like Tim Ryan, I would certainly support him". "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a press conference. She thus saw off newcomer Jon Ossoff, the 30-year-old Democrat who launched his campaign with the pledge to "make Trump furious".
The former advisor said the incumbent president is only doing what he is supposed to do and that is to impress the American voters "with the fact that he withstood assaults on four different states" where the Republicans reigned over the Democrats. "The Democratic Party needs new leadership now", he tweeted.
"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said on MSNBC. "Time to move forward and win again", tweeted Joe Cunningham, a Democrat who is running against Rep. Mark Sanford in SC. Democrat hostility and character assassination is political theater meant to fool the base into thinking the party is on their side and cares for them.
In the wake of a dispiriting loss for Democrats in a Georgia special House race, Pelosi is confronting renewed questions about her leadership, especially because she was the focus of a torrent of negative advertising in the Georgia election casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate. But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset.
That tactic clearly paid off. Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by almost four points, despite Ossoff's historic fundraising numbers and the additional millions infused into the race by the national Democratic party.