Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is probably not going anywhere, though she is facing some pressure for being part of the problem Democrats are facing: winning elections.

A defiant Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she was "very confident" about the support that she had from fellow Democrats who now number 193. He has said he intends to introduce legislation he calls "Medicare for All".

Young candidates also benefit from the explosion of social media, since its pervasiveness and accessibility make name recognition a more realistic possibility for political newcomers, the category into which younger candidates invariably fit. Rice says the party can't keep losing races and maintain the same leadership.

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez spoke Friday at the Texas AFL-CIO Convention in Houston, where he blamed Democrats' loss in the Georgia sixth district special election on gerrymandering.

Democrats are despondent over Tuesday's loss in the special election for Georgia's sixth congressional district seat. The bottom line is the Democrats lost another winnable race and Pelosi was a factor, fair or not.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain. Democrats have to pick up 24 House seats to get back into power. She would also know that Trump owes his presidency as much to votes from disgruntled Democrats who once voted for Obama twice, as he does to rural Republican voters. One of Trump's electoral strengths was that he is not Hillary Clinton, and Tuesday in Georgia the voters said they don't want a congressman who has been hanging out with Nancy Pelosi.

"I am not going to Monday morning quarterback on Jon Ossoff's race, which was a remarkable race, an incredible gain from where the last Republican that ran was 22 points up, and we were two points lower than 50 percent, in a race that was not supposed to ever even be feasible", Orrock declared.

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

On that point, Ryan agreed that the Democrats need to focus less on President Donald Trump and more on economic issues.

"Her message to Republicans was, 'Regardless of how you may feel about Donald Trump, it's important that Republicans hold onto this seat, '" Bullock said. More importantly, why would this darling of the left have run as a moderate - unless he and his party knew he wouldn't have stood a chance had he run as a liberal Democrat? It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective. That could be the case in 2018, particularly if the Republicans end up passing a health-care bill that, right now, is far more unpopular than Obamacare.

"When you take a look at the last four election cycles, all that money has been for naught", he said, citing Democratic losses in 2012, 2014, and 2016, as well as the four special election losses.

At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're going to get exhausted of winning".

"I think I'm worth the trouble".

Pelosi has led House Democrats for almost 15 years, at one point as House speaker and more recently as minority leader.

Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff had to do three things to win: mobilize and turn out Clinton voters; convince some Trump-voting Republicans either to back him or, more plausibly, stay home out of distaste for GOP nominee Karen Handel; and win about 60 percent of voters who had gone for Johnson or McMullin a year ago.

Pelosi has led the Democratic Party since 2003, and replacing her wouldn't be easy.

But they quickly did a 180 when the Georgia race, and a less publicized House contest in SC that the Republican won by 3 percent, turned into an easy 4-point win for Handel.

None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership.

"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership".

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