Democrats turn on party leader Nancy Pelosi after Georgia election defeat

And all the focus on whether Nancy Pelosi should stay or go as House minority leader seems largely beside the point.

Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for minority leader previous year, told Business Insider said he did not know how Democrats could take the House in 2018 if the GOP was successfully able to convince independents and Republicans that a vote for a Democratic candidate is essentially a vote for Pelosi's leadership.

The apparent effectiveness of that messaging suggested to some that the 77-year-old Californian could be a liability for Democrats as they aim to regain their majority.

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.

Ryan wasn't alone in his criticism of Pelosi. He followed that up with a Wednesday morning memo, declaring, "The House is in play".

Pelosi had abjured critics by touting her accomplishments Thursday, saying, "Well, I'm a master legislator".

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".

Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. We need to find a different path. So it's time for change.

"I believe one of the reasons they did it is I'm an effective leader".

Filemon Vela Jr. explained Friday why he had joined a handful of Democratic members calling for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to resign from her leadership post. "When Democrats have lost a thousand seats and legislatures all over the country".

Despite the fact Georgia's 6 Dist. has been in Republican hands for decades - like the other races, as well - Democrats put a lot of money and hope behind Ossoff, a young up-and-comer with JFK-like qualities.

"I'm in my 10th term and I certainly have never seen someone who is smarter in the kind of backroom maneuvering that Nancy Pelosi does", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.

"What's really important is that Donald Trump has seized the narrative back, that he's doing better with the voters than Democrats think he is", he said.

Handel, the Georgia Republican who beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by 4 points, was not a particularly good candidate.

$50 million, the most expensive in history.

"She's easy to demonize".

Most Democrats, however, have rallied to Pelosi's defense, including Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Democratic leadership team. An examination of all the special elections shows that the Democrats have added to Hillary Clinton's gains in well-educated districts and even won over some white working-class voters, which the former Democratic candidate struggled with, Vox reported.

  • Joanne Flowers