Nancy Pelosi: 'I'm worth the trouble.' Conservatives agree

On Wednesday, some Democratic members of Congress publicly voiced concerns about Pelosi's leadership, raising the specter of a leadership challenge. Nor have they identified a challenger.

The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes. "My caucus is overwhelmingly supportive of me".

Those involved in the discussions described them as preliminary among like-minded lawmakers.

"I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", Rogers said Wednesday. He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint".

At a campaign-style rally in Iowa on Wednesday evening, President Trump praised recent GOP special election victories and his administration's accomplishments to date, while criticizing the media and Democrats.

Many political pundits have suggested that the widely held perception of Pelosi as a Washington insider and a San Francisco liberal might not be beneficial to Democrats seeking office in blue-collar and/or Republican-leaning congressional districts.

Any House race that generates $50 million in spending - it was the costliest in history - is hardly a generic laboratory and therefore the results are subject to over interpretation.

Democrat Jon Ossoff never found an answer for the attacks - and Republican Karen Handel won Tuesday night by 4 percentage points. Democrats lost, as they have done in the other special elections in GOP-held seats this year.

Chief among those is fundraising.

But the way in which that line depicts the campaigns is really a soft, nearly complimentary, toss to Ossoff, as if he was so noble that he was able to "raise" more donations like some charitable organization, rather than a politician who repeatedly espoused getting "money" out of politics even as he dominated the spending for his race. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party".

No other Democrat possesses the stature to match those accomplishments.

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.

Rice said she hoped that Pelosi would ultimately decide on her own to announce she won't run for re-election following the 2018 midterms to remove that issue and demonstrate there are other Democrats running for the post. "I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion", she said.

Pelosi said that would be fine with her.

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously. And I'm mad at Trump, but I'm madder at the Democrats for letting him get in. Handel supporter John Salvesen attributed her more comfortable margin of victory over Ossoff to Republicans determined to defeat a candidate they considered representative of national Democrats - with some encouragement from Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

There's also an even more basic reality: Showing that the party will dump its leader if Republicans are persistently negative enough about that leader only gives the GOP more incentive to use aggressive tactics - and puts the next Democratic leader on tepid ground from the outset. "I'll just say, they are never about issues like Russian Federation".

Democrats say Jon Ossoff's 48 percent showing in a Republican stronghold is proof that they're actually making progress toward making Georgia a genuine battleground.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a press conference.

Apprenticeships? Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back regulations that prevent certain industries from creating apprenticeship programs. Another rising House Democrat, former California Rep. Xavier Becerra, departed the House in late 2016 to accept an appointment as California's attorney general.

Pelosi spoke at a Democratic caucus meeting June 21 on Capitol Hill.

Is Pelosi the proper scapegoat for all the woes of the Democratic party in the Trump era? A stream of TV ads played up his donations from the Bay Area, and featured a troupe of stereotypical San Francisco characters professing their love for the reedy Democrat.

"He didn't write that", Pelosi said.

  • Leroy Wright