Unpopular Among Voters, Pelosi Says She's 'Worth the Trouble'

The election will not significantly change the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress. Democrats on Tuesday also lost a special election in neighboring SC, where Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Trump's budget director. "I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader", said Pelosi, as she also touted her fundraising prowess.

BENNETT: A handful of Democrats pinned the party's loss in Georgia on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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.

Republicans, on the other hand, want Pelosi to keep her job.

But Handel won the race, which turned out to be the most expensive House race in history, and now some elected Democrats around the country are pointing their finger at Pelosi.

Asked specifically about the tweet at Thursday's press conference, Pelosi laughed and alluded to Democrats' popular vote advantage in the 2016 elections.

"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus", Pelosi said, according to NBC News.

Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

Ryan, who has appeared on multiple networks to complain about the current direction, shot back, "this isn't fun for any of us".

Karen Handel's 4-point victory in Tuesday's special election for a House seat in Georgia makes clear that the Democrats' philosophy - the usual blend of high taxes, big government and identity politics- has not won over moderate voters.

Ryan wasn't alone in his criticism of Pelosi. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party".

Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully ran against Pelosi in November for the House leadership post, also attended Rice's meeting. Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.

She acknowledged the attacks but added: "I think I'm worth the trouble". But he said it should send a strong signal to Democrats thinking about taking back the White House. But in the second half of her 15 years as caucus leader, the Democrats in the House have been in a steady decline, losing the House majority in 2010, and continuing to lose seats.

Keeping Pelosi, in leadership since 2003 and formerly the first female speaker of the House, would actually be a boon for the GOP, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "Fox & Friends" Thursday. "We don't agonize. We organize. They're winning. So we have to address that reality".

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