Dozen frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

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Vela said he believes if the party sticks with the Pelosi in the top slot, it will hurt the efforts in the kinds of districts they need to flip to win back control of the House in 2018.

Following unsuccessful attempts in recent special elections in Montana and Kansas, the Democrats were hoping to slam the Republicans on Tuesday.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is facing calls from within her own party to step down from the leadership post after a string of special election losses in districts where Democrats had hoped to capitalize on President Donald Trump's sinking popularity.

"I am a master legislator", she boasted. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say".

Richmond declined to say if he supported Pelosi in last fall's leadership vote.

Ryan told Lemon that earlier that night, another member of Congress, clearly a Republican, had pulled him aside and said, 'Please tell me you're not going to get rid of Nancy Pelosi, please tell me she's not going to retire because that's who I run against'.

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.

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While Democrats' heads were on the verge of exploding with anger and disappointment Wednesday morning, Republicans were breathing a sigh of relief.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

She benefits from a dearth of younger colleagues tagged as heirs to her leadership, and no up-and-coming Democrat can match her fundraising skills, no matter which figures are used. That is insular thinking that ensures the Democrats continue to hemorrhage seats at all levels of power.

But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset. A quarter-century later, as The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted in a recent column, it's hard to find a center bloc in US politics any more.

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A decade of Republican campaigning against Pelosi has made her the gift to Republicans that keeps on giving.

Pelosi's rhetoric of late has only reinforced the "San Francisco values" meme, her critics contend.

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Advertisements tried to tie Pelosi to the Democratic candidate in that election, Jon Ossoff.

The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.

Republicans, she suggested, 'always want to choose our leaders'. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada. Georgia's sixth congressional district is a Republican district so that is why Ossoff lost. "I need to step back and do what's best for this party", said Rice.

'Do I think it's fair that the Republican playbook over the last four election cycles has been attacking Nancy Pelosi and demonizing her?' Rice began.

Pelosi beat back a leadership challenge late a year ago from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), with two-thirds of her caucus supporting her.

Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. But guess what? It works, they're winning. "She is a great leader. We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party", but she pointed out that "we don't have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that's the problem". One reason Ossoff came so close to winning the district in the first round is that many Republicans, perhaps baffled by the dozen or so candidates, didn't vote.

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