Congressman Ryan says party's message is why Democrats losing elections
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 16:17
"So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you're saying?" the California Democrat remarked dismissively to reporters when asked why she should stay on as leader. I have enormous respect for her. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support I do".
Ms. Handel, an establishment Republican and former State Secretary of State, defeated Democratic challenger and political novice Jon Ossoff by about five percentage points, USA television networks projected, denying Democrats what would have been their first election victory of the year.
Democrats also lost in Montana where the Republican candidates won even after assault charges against him and also suffered losses in Kansas and SC.
All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain. Well, that turned out to be U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Democrats hold 193 seats and need to gain 24 to be in the majority. At this point a coup seems unlikely, though Vela said, "I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do".
At some point you'd think those donors would wake up, smell the rot and demand a change at the top of their sad party.
On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet. Some Democrats believed that Ossoff could pull off a victory in a district that has been solidly red since 1979 due to resentment against President Donald Trump and the seat's open status after the departure of Tom Price to Trump's cabinet.
"Democrats both in our state and nationally have not learned their lessons from the loss in November", said Michael Joyce, a spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party. In 2010, the "Fire Pelosi" campaign paid dividends for Republicans, and they've used it successfully ever since.
She is, after all, a millionaire San Francisco party-line liberal incapable of understanding what most of America wants and needs. It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective.
"We put a lot of resources, a lot of fight, and close is only good in horseshoes", said Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.
But after what happened on Tuesday night in special congressional elections in Georgia and SC, I'm beginning to think the Democrats are never going to get exhausted of losing. 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.
He said the Democratic Party, however, isn't self-aware enough to realize that they'll always have an uphill battle if she's the face of the party.
"I think I'm worth the trouble", Pelosi said.
She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy.
Pelosi and the seniority system that congressional Democrats are wedded to are hampering any effort to shake up their party in the Age of Trump.
Pelosi made it clear that she had no plans to step down from her post. "They don't have Clinton or Obama, so this is what they do".
"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota.
"We don't agonize, we organize", she concluded. Prior to his recent interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Bloomberg has said that the incumbent president has 55 percent chance of winning the next Presidential Election.