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Another leadership test for Pelosi

24 Juin 2017

"If we take back the House in 2018 then I think she'd stay leader", said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in particular, has come under fire.

Republican Ralph Norman defeated Archie Parnell in Tuesday's special election for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, and in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive House race in history.

In over a decade leading House Democrats, into the majority and out again, Pelosi has beaten back all comers, including last fall when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise.

Another Democrat who has been pushing for leadership changes, Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas, told CNN the group didn't make any decisions at Thursday's meeting, but those who participated believe there is growing unrest among House Democrats about the direction of the current leadership team.

While CBS Evening News didn't mention the heavy criticism of Pelosi, they did entertain the idea, from other Democrats, that the party's brand was "toxic". "I think they coalesced their vote" in an historically Republican district, he said.

Said Rice: "The Republican playbook has been very successful".

The message after four races according to the GOP: Americans aren't as sick of the chaos in Washington as the media says.

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"We're not focusing on the economic messages".

The Georgia race featured a nail-biting finish, with the possibility of flipping a traditionally-Republican district. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who placed blame for recent election losses squarely on the Democrats themselves - and their obsession with the Trump-Russia story.

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker".

Despite the backlash from some Democrats, Pelosi still has a strong base of support within the party.

"We are going to surprise you with a really good plan", Trump told a rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "But her time has come and gone", Kathleen Rice, a Democratic congressman from NY, said on MSNBC yesterday morning. For starters, the farther left the party goes, the more insane and unappealing they become.

"If we had even a little Democrat support - just a little, like a couple of votes - you'd have everything", the president continued.

The political number crunchers have produced a variety of analyses of the results in the recent special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC in an attempt to quantify the two parties' strength in the Trump era. The House Democratic Campaign operation tried to console the troops in a memo, insisting the party has enough momentum to flip control of the House in 2018, and party leaders warned against reading too much into last night's results since Georgia's sixth district hasn't gone blue in 39 years. It is a tactic that has been embraced since Republicans won back the House in 2010, and it worked again this time in high-profile contests in Montana and Kansas.

Another leadership test for Pelosi