Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela: Pelosi 'doesn't help our candidate

Perez, a former labor secretary, said there are 71 congressional districts "more competitive" than Georgia's 6th district, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel Tuesday by less than 4 points. They just don't know how to make it happen. Many in 2018 will be more under-the-radar contests, like the SC race and the one in Kansas to replace Mike Pompeo, the Republican congressman selected by Trump to be Central Intelligence Agency director.

The Democrats have been bleeding seats while she's been patting herself on the back, and they don't want to blow what they see as a golden opportunity next year. Their action plan: Keep talking.

"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now".

It's about all they can do.

By now Pelosi should have been pulled down from her perch as the Democrat's minority speaker of the House and replaced with someone who understands the political implications of Trump's win and how to deal with it.

"I take their insult against my city as a bankruptcy of their values", she said.

Though Ossoff pitched to moderates on the economy, ads from both sides focused heavily on his support of and Handel's opposition to Planned Parenthood, and it's fair to ask whether the more than $700,000 Planned Parenthood itself spent on the race hurt or helped its candidate.

"The issue I think strategically is that Trump energizes their base and Leader Pelosi energizes their base", said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful a year ago in trying to unseat Pelosi. Are the attacks accurate? No.

But Democrats say they are not yet ready to throw in the towel, The Hill noted.

"We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation. When people said to us in '05 that you don't have a chance, be prepared for a Republican permanent majority, [former Senate Democratic leader] Harry Reid and I didn't accept that". She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give up!

Even Trump said in a tweet that he hoped Democrats don't force Pelosi out of her leadership role. Conservative strategist Frank Luntz took to Twitter to say "she represents everything swing voters dislike about D.C".

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance.

Other Democratic leaders echoed his sentiment.

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, another outspoken critic, also attended, according to sources - and some in the group continue to point to the Iraq war veteran as a young member who could be cultivated to run.

On "The Five" tonight, Jesse Watters said Pelosi fundamentally doesn't understand America or Americans.

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