Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi faced her most serious challenge to her leadership post last year from Rep. Tim Ryan D-Ohio but she still emerged with support from two-thirds of the caucus

Despite a series of awful national elections during her 12 years in charge and leaving the party as the minority in the House and Senate, Pelosi remains the most powerful Democrat in the House. When the presidential race ended in a historic upset, resulting in the election of a president who stands in opposition to the values they view as most important, they lost faith in the predictions and assumptions of those party leaders.

"There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that's well before, hopefully, November of next year".

Kathleen Rice of NY, led a meeting of anti-Pelosi House Democrats. Their action plan: Keep talking. "The Democratic Party needs new leadership now", he tweeted.

It's about all they can do. He also said that if there was a business-minded Democrat who spoke about infrastructure, spoke about tax cuts for small businesses, knows the people from being active in the community, like being part of a church or a chamber of commerce chapter, and eschews the narrative peddled by D.C. Democrats-the party could be in much better shape.

But Rooney's district is significantly more Republican than Georgia's sixth congressional district, meaning any Democratic candidate faces even more of an uphill climb than Ossoff. Democrats are clearly desperate for votes, particularly since their losses to Republicans since the Trump election have been against candidates that do not seem very appealing.

Those seeking a change, including Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan, say Pelosi energizes the Republican base. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders".

Another Leadership Test for Pelosi, Who's Weathered Many
The Georgia race featured a nail-biting finish, with the possibility of flipping a traditionally-Republican district. The tweet comes as some Democrats are questioning if Pelosi is the right person to lead the party in the House.

Yet, Earnest said that they're trying, while noting that an Ossoff win would've boosted Democratic recruitments efforts. She can even argue, like she did on Thursday, that she was instrumental in getting the Democrats back into the House majority in 2006 after 12 years of Republican rule.

Georgia Republican Karen Handel's victory in a special congressional election last week is a bad sign for Democrats in Sarasota and Manatee counties looking to challenge the region's two incumbent GOP congressmen. 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. Four congressional elections have been held in seats vacated by Republicans who joined the Trump administration.

In an appearance on "Fox & Friends" that aired on Friday, Trump said he would like Pelosi to stay right where she is because she has an "extraordinary record against her". But there's a pattern and pace to the democratic process that comes in the form of regularly scheduled national elections, like the one to be held in November 2018.

But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. The Iraq war veteran endorsed eight veterans running for the House this week, and started a new national security task force with other young veterans within the Democratic caucus. "If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker".

Pelosi said that would be fine with her. "I love the arena". "The greatest thing I have received from this election is the realization that I care about this country way more than I ever thought I did", she told supporters on Facebook.

President Donald Trump speaks during the "American Leadership in Emerging Technology" event in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Washington.



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