Trump to Pelosi: I Like You Right Where You Are

Kathleen Rice, one of a small group who has gone public with the message that Pelosi should go, hosted a dozen Democrats in her office Thursday for an hour-long strategy session.

"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said. Absolutely. But there's nothing to justify the complete and utter demonization of her. Pelosi is widely regarded as a strong legislative strategist, a smart, savvy leader.

The key for Handel was the time she had between April's first round of voting (which Ossoff led in an open primary with 48.1 percent, just short of the majority he needed to settle matters then) and the second (in which Ossoff's vote nearly precisely matched his earlier share). And sometimes it's hard to get people who are in power, who are used to that, to say, 'You know what?

"Right now, what I'm pushing for is a conversation within the caucus", Rice said.

These Democrats might be on to something, especially in light of the way Pelosi figured into the Republican campaign in Georgia.

"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 previous year in trying to unseat Pelosi. Probably not. Did Georgia make Republicans feel better and Democrats worse?

Ryan believes his party has lost badly with established Democratic voters, saying: "People in OH aren't talking about Russian Federation or Michael Flynn or Putin".

Many were stupefied that Pelosi chose to stay on as Democratic leader after the 2010 tidal wave that washed Democrats from their comfortable House majority.

Back in Illinois, Democratic activists and the candidates are working overtime to tie Rauner to Trump, clogging my in-box with nasty daily missives about their supposed political bromance.

But Rooney's district is significantly more Republican than Georgia's sixth congressional district, meaning any Democratic candidate faces even more of an uphill climb than Ossoff. And given how well President Trump performed in that district past year, the result should worry Republicans much more than the results out of Georgia.

In an interview, Ryan explained that Republicans are using Pelosi in ads to attack Democratic candidates in district races, like they did against Jon Ossoff in Georgia. Because Republicans said so themselves.

Confessore noted that the really winning message for Democrats in areas that they need to win in order to retake the House is a "getting things done" message, not one that read 'suck it, Trump.' After the Peach State beat down, Democrats will still need to find a trove of solid candidates and they don't have them.

"I think I'm worth the trouble".

Wednesday, Pelosi wanted to spend her weekly press conference slamming the Republicans Senate health bill. Many of her campaign e-mails told supporters that Pelosi and the "resistance" were pouring millions into the district to sway the results in Ossoff's favor. By resisting any moves to leave, Pelosi is being short-sighted, stubborn and frankly selfish of anyone's ambitions but her own. "I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader", said Pelosi, as she also touted her fundraising prowess. She was Speaker of the House during the Bush and Obama administrations; her leadership profile rose significantly during those terms and the Golden State became predominantly blue. You have a baseball team that keeps losing year after year.

She is the boogeyman in a number of swing districts in which her presence might only cost Democrats a handful of seats, but for Democrats, those seats could easily stand between the majority and the minority.

Ryan, who is young, passionate and has blue-collar sensibilities, is exactly what Democrats need to start winning elections again.

Pelosi's leadership seat is likely safe for now, but if Democrats fail to win back the House in 2018, she will also fail to remain caucus leader.

  • Leroy Wright