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Dems Seek Lessons, Direction After Special Election Losses

24 Juin 2017

The apparent effectiveness of that messaging suggested to some that the 77-year-old Californian could be a liability for Democrats as they aim to regain their majority.

A defiant Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not going anywhere, brushing off critics from her own party saying "I think I'm worth the trouble". "The House remains in play now".

"Maybe I should, but the fact is what I want to do is have these members present themselves", she said. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do".

On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet.

Target Book publisher Darry Sragow, a longtime Democratic strategist, and research director Rob Pyers warned in a recent op-ed piece that the seemingly vulnerable Republican incumbents Democrats hope to oust are still pretty popular locally. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party".

Pelosi has led the Democratic Party since 2003, and replacing her wouldn't be easy.

Mathematically, a 4-point loss for a Democratic House candidate in a district that has traditionally elected Republicans by wide margins is an encouraging result for Democrats.

Lawmakers are also bemoaning a weak Democratic bench of candidates nationally, and demanding a better strategy for success and a new and stronger economic message that differentiates them more clearly from the Republicans. "(Voters) want us to change.If you're a coach and your team doesn't win, at some point you've got to change the coach". The CBC includes roughly 40 House Democrats, many in senior leadership and committee positions, including Pelosi allies.

Ryan, Pelosi's opponent last fall, said that Pelosi's continued role as the GOP's favorite bogeyman makes it "a heck of a lot harder" for Democrats as they try to notch victories in the GOP-friendly districts they will need to win next year. "Democrats will not win back power merely by serving as an alternative to Trump and Republicans". "It still moves voters", Ryan said.

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As it stands, many members of the Democratic caucus still see Pelosi as their defacto leader and until a suitable challenger arises, she'll remain just that.

Republicans have spent eight years and tens of millions of dollars attacking Pelosi and making her a toxic figure among voters. Even among Democrats she has a 19 percent unfavorable rating. Tax reform. That's the kind of things we've got to get done.

A review of donations listed at the Center for Responsive Politics shows that at least one professor at each of the top 15 universities, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, has donated money to Jon Ossoff, the Democrat candidate in a special election in the Georgia's 6th Congressional District. GOP groups spent about $20 million on the Georgia race, compared to the Democrats' roughly $30 million, in a district they have held for decades.

"Look, they demonized Nancy in 2010, they demonized her in 2006".

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership", the MA lawmaker said.

"The same, exhausted centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice", Mr. Dean said in a statement.

"What was the Democratic message?" he asked.

The Congressional Black Caucus is likely to turn down a meeting with President Trump due to frustration with the administration's apparent disinterest in its priorities and an opposition to being a willing photo-op "that the president could use to bolster his standing among African-Americans, "Politico writes".