Trump Says He Hopes Dems Don't Force Pelosi Out

House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi fires up fellow Democrats at an election night rally at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 7, 2006. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice from NY told CNN that it's time for the Democrats to let her and the entire Democratic leadership team go.

"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said.

While Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership in the past - the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader previous year - the party's successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership.

Meanwhile, in one of his first campaign moves, Joe Cunningham, a Democrat challenging Mark Sanford for a House seat in SC, spoke out against Pelosi the morning after the Georgia results came in.

With President Trump suffering low approval ratings, many called this special election a referendum on the Commander in Chief.

Things are falling apart for Nancy Pelosi, and that spells good news for Pelosi's Democratic primary rival Stephen Jaffe.

"The brand is just bad", Ryan said. I never spent much time on that race because I never believed that Jon Ossoff, despite raising $25 million, was going to win in a heavily Republican district that he didn't even live in.

According to a report in The Hill, Democratic leadership has come under intense criticism by the rank-and-file for Ossoff's loss to Handel. Crowley chairs the House Democratic Caucus, and he says it's important to remember that Democrats in those four races were trying to flip Republican strongholds, districts handpicked by the White House as President Trump tapped members of Congress to serve in his administration. "We have to communicate it to a broader audience", Pelosi said.

She is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker.

Wasserman also notes, interestingly, that races that attract huge turnout, such as the Georgia contest, show the capacity of Republicans to get their base to the polls when the stakes are considered high.

Ossoff certainly didn't lose over a lack of cash. "I thrive on competition", she said.

"On immigration, for instance, public opinion had actually become modestly more liberal in the years leading up to Trump - but the Democrats are now nearly an open-borders party, so even modest skepticism about immigration tends to push voters toward the Republicans".

  • Larry Hoffman