Other Views: Bad day for the Democrats
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 5:00
Her win marked an impressive rebound from polling that showed her narrowly trailing her rival as the vote approached, and signalled that Republican disillusionment about Mr. Trump was not as deep as Democrats were counting on. "We are perceived as being liberal, that's got a bad reputation, and out of touch", he said, adding that Democrats have stopped discussing issues that he believes matter most to working-class Americans.
"You want me to sing my praises, is that it?" she added wryly, in response to a question about whether she thought it was time to step down as minority leader. Twice. In Georgia and SC.
The Georgia special election to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price drew the most attention.
After announcing he is planning to challenge Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) next year, Democrat Joe Cunningham on Wednesday tweeted, "If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker". They argued that the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff's loss in the Republican held House seat in the Atlanta suburbs was further evidence that the party needed both a new message and messenger.
With the president's approval numbers hovering below 40 percent, should the Democrats be anxious about their losing streak in what could be considered an election year's pre-season?
Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus in the House since 2003, and in March said she would have retired had Hillary Clinton won the election. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet".
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) put it more bluntly: "Look we need to win, everything else is bulls***t".
Do Democrats have a problem with actually winning, as opposed to just doing better than in 2016?
Mrs. Pelosi has been her party's leader since 2003, overseeing losses in 2004, big gains in 2006 and 2008, then watching as her party slipped into its smallest minority in almost a century.
She also dismissed the notion that the Republicans' longtime tactic to hold her up as a partisan lightening rod drags down public opinion about fellow congressional Democrats and candidates. "We gave them a run for their money".
In a post on Twitter, President Donald Trump - who is unpopular outside of his base and a featured villain in Democratic campaign commercials - said, "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".
She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy.