Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

But after what happened on Tuesday night in special congressional elections in Georgia and SC, I'm beginning to think the Democrats are never going to get exhausted of losing.

"Here's this unknown guy running against as big of an establishment Republican as there is in Georgia, with all the name recognition and all the experience, and she still limps to a very narrow victory in a district that is normally as solidly Republican as you can find in the United States", he said.

"They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said Thursday.

By focusing on local issues and the local implications and attaching a vote for Ossoff to Pelosi was enough to sway even moderate Republicans to vote for the GOP candidate over the Democrat, despite their dislike of Trump. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost".

That's especially because she was the focus of a torrent of negative advertising casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate.

It was at the heart of their strategy to turn out reliably Republican voters who might be queasy with Trump's first five months in office, but did not want to see Pelosi and national Democrats celebrate a marquee victory in their own backyard.

In a letter to her colleagues on Wednesday about the special elections, Pelosi maintained an upbeat tone.

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"I thrive on competition", Pelosi said on Thursday, defying calls for her ouster from some members of her own party after Democratic candidates lost a hotly contested Congressional race in Georgia and another race in SC earlier in the week, the third and fourth such losses for Democrats in special elections to replace the appointees of President Donald Trump this year.

"One of the disappointing things from the last couple of days is that that approach still has a little bit of punch to it".

A spokesman for Speaker Paul Ryan said the Wisconsin Republican had yet to sign off on the plan.

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"There comes a time when every leader has to say, 'For the good of the order and the betterment of the party, it's time for me to step aside.' And I wish that that would happen right now", said Rice.

And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House past year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.

Despite calling Pelosi a "historic figure" and "prolific fundraiser", the Texas congressman also questioned whether her fundraising efforts were really worth it.

"I think she's one of the best speakers ever, and I am glad to support her", he told Politico. Ryan made it clear after his failed bid to oust Pelosi in the fall that he wasn't planning to challenge her again and was just supporting the effort. Now, with Obama and Reid gone, Republicans have occasionally tried latching Democratic senators to Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, with mixed results.

Pelosi, at 77, represents the wrong side of a generation gap. She has been a successful fundraiser since she joined the leadership team in 2002.

The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes.

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine and a rising party star, said the special elections should be a "wake-up call" for Democrats.

Rice said she has significant respect for the long-serving California lawmaker, but not as the ongoing leader of the Democratic Party. And I think inside the Beltway - you know, a lot of times we're screaming about Russian Federation and Trump all the time. "We're used to that", said New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell. Remarkably, for Nancy Pelosi, yes. "There are still a lot of races we've got to win", Stivers told reporters.

Ossoff has so far reported raising more than $23 million over the course of his campaign, which he launched with a call to "make Trump furious".

"In the previous election - the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points".

"Democrats also have to be extremely anxious that increased polarization and multi-way primaries will result in extreme, far-left nominees that have no chance of winning moderate districts", the GOP House source added.

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