Dozen frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

Right-wing groups spent millions tying Jon Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.        
      Credit Joe Raedle  Getty Paul Morigi  Getty

Right-wing groups spent millions tying Jon Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Credit Joe Raedle Getty Paul Morigi Getty

It's no surprise that the Dems tanked, given the inept leadership they have in Congress, especially in the House, where Nancy Pelosi calls the shots as the minority leader. When it comes to her detractors, Pelosi said "my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

A dozen or so House Democrats met Friday in the office of New York Democrat Kathleen Rice to discuss their options.

"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". I have enormous respect for her.

The challenge for Democrats, as pointed in Politico's reporting, is that there are no viable candidates to challenge Pelosi and take over the leadership. "Seventy-one, and you know what? The Republicans gave him that", she said.

Those seeking a change, including Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan, say Pelosi energizes the Republican base.

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 don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country", said Ryan.

"I think the honest answer is in some areas of the country, yes, she is", Ryan said about the toxicity of the House Minority Leader.

As usual, the Dems put up a stiff for its candidate, one Jon Ossoff, who didn't even live in the district. "That still moves the needle", said Ryan. Pelosi was a central figure in the millions of dollars in ads Republicans ran against Ossoff, even though Ossoff had never even committed to supporting Pelosi as Minority Leader.

"The fact is, they will always make a target. Sen". The bottom line is the Democrats lost another winnable race and Pelosi was a factor, fair or not.

"That's the first one I think he didn't write". On Thursday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a press release attacking Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen over her ties to Pelosi. While Pelosi did prevail with more than double Ryan's vote share, she also lost almost a third of her caucus in the process.

"I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", snapped back Pelosi to her critics.

"Maybe they don't want to play in that arena, but I'm very proud of the members who do", she said. But, talking about the 2006 midterm elections isn't going to win her any sympathy from the younger generation of Democrats, who want to shake up the party and are exhausted of losing congressional races time and time again. You have a baseball team that keeps losing year after year.

If Pelosi is truly the "strategic, politically astute leader" she touts herself to be, she would know 2016 was a change election and voters in both parties continue to want real change. A new analysis by the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group shows Trump made huge inroads among the 29 percent of voters who classify as populists - people who feel left behind by what they perceive as a rigged economy and wish Democrats paid more attention to job creation than identity issues.

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