As President Donald Trump celebrated Republican victories in two special congressional elections on Wednesday, one man who advised presidents from both parties warned the results "should be a wake-up call for Democrats" that Trump could be on his way to re-election in 2020.
That was painfully evident in Georgia, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff failed to win this week, despite spending upwards of $30 million in what ended up being the most expensive House election in USA political history.
And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.
And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.
"We can't keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place".
"If there's a path to the Democratic Party regaining control of the House, it starts in California", the newly elected state Democratic chairman, Eric Bauman, told the New York Times. She referenced that the GOP spent millions of dollars promoting House Speaker Paul Ryan since he was on the 2012 ticket as the vice presidential ticket and "I have a hundred million or so spent against me and his numbers are no better than mine". Representative Filemon Vela said, "I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top".
The loss in the high-profile, costly race was only exacerbated by a second defeat Tuesday night in a race that flew mostly under the radar: Democrats also lost a special election in SC.
"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.
More than two dozen people killed in multiple Pakistan blasts
The blasts were in a market and went off within three minutes of each other, senior government official Wazir Khan Wazir said. Separatist rebels are battling government forces while Taliban and other militant Islamist groups also operate there.
Meanwhile, the mostly white, working-class and middle-class, culturally moderate-to-conservative electorates in the traditional Democratic bastions of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were literally and figuratively left behind by a Democratic Party more interested in legislating who can use what bathroom than revitalizing American industry and fostering economic prosperity.
"Unfortunately a loss for us, but not good news for them", Pelosi told members.
Hoyer said about the 2018 midterms, "I think we can win back the House, I really believe that".
President Donald Trump is lashing out at top Democrats on Twitter.
"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".
"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said.
When pressed to give a name of who might fill that void, Rice said, "I look to a lot of my colleagues now".
Pelosi said she respected critical opinions, but, "my decision to stay is not up to them".
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