Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 5:01
They say voters in Republican-leaning districts are motivated by more than a desire to stop Pelosi and Democrats need to work on developing a message that can win them over. "But I feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus".
With some members doubting her abilities she sang her own praises. In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader".
"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. "I thrive on competition", she said, later adding: "I think I'm worth the trouble". I love the arena.
"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership". Most Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security, have food on the table, air conditioning, heat, water, in-door plumbing, multiple sports channels, a home sweet home and, as long as nobody bothers their daily routines, they don't care who is in charge of their global enslavement. As a result, Trump, with his vast local unpopularity, was her "greatest handicap". Pelosi was a central figure in the millions of dollars in ads Republicans ran against Ossoff, even though Ossoff had never even committed to supporting Pelosi as Minority Leader.
Rice also bemoaned the treatment Pelosi received from Republicans, but that didn't stop her from maintaining the former House speaker should be ousted.
Karen Handel is joined onstage by husband Steve after her Election Night victory at the Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina. "We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party", but she pointed out that "we don't have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that's the problem". Rice said. "No. That's not fair". "But when they go off on identity politics and 'Russia, Russia, Russia, ' they lose".
It wasn't just in the 6th District where the Democrats lost. DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan attempted to do just that with his recent memo that spun Jon Ossoff's disappointing loss as a demonstration of how much ground Democrats are gaining in traditionally conservative districts.
Pelosi isn't in danger of losing the leadership perch she's long held, though she did fend off her toughest challenge ever last fall from Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who argued the party needed someone who better understood the rural, working-class voters that were critical to President Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton past year. 'But, clearly, these ads using her, linking her to our candidates is still working'.
Pelosi said Thursday that she has "always featured the young 30-somethings". That's the honest answer, ' Ryan answered. After Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump last November, a significant crop of Democratic lawmakers attempted to vote her out.
Another Democrat who has been pushing for leadership changes, Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas, told CNN the group didn't make any decisions at Thursday's meeting, but those who participated believe there is growing unrest among House Democrats about the direction of the current leadership team.