"I don't like moral victories, I like victories", Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the House Democratic leadership elections last fall, told reporters Wednesday morning. Ironically, her power within her caucus has grown with each loss, because the remaining Democrats are drawn from the same narrow urban base from which Pelosi draws her power, and whose priorities are reflected in the party's ideology.
The California congresswoman pushed back tensely against her party's rebels, insisting she has brought unity to the Democrats.
For GOP consultants, the tie-every-Democrat-to-Pelosi is a tried-and-true strategy that's been working for more than six years.
Pelosi, indeed, has raised more than $560 million for House Democrats since she became leader in 2003, the most by any politician in history, apart from presidential races. This implies the party is in shambles when actually we're seeing lively debate about how to proceed and what is best for the country.
Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi's position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections hard. Karen Handel, who won over Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff, will also have the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to Congress from the state of Georgia.
There was little soul searching in the wake of the devastating loss in Georgia, he wrote, noting Pelosi told her troops: "We can not be taking full responsibility for what happened in the election".
"We need leadership change, "New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice recently told CNN".
'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.More news: Mother of Father's Day remembered by great-grandaughter
"I think the hype before the election that we had to win this was wrong", said Rep.
"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi".
Ryan may well have a future as a national Democratic leader, but Nancy Pelosi is the wrong scapegoat.
The only thing left to comfort depressed and demoralized Democrats at the Ossoff election night party was a cash bar; (yes, after raising a record amount of money he still charged supporters for their peach bellinis) and the hope of retaking control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm election. "'That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin" Chuck stay!'
In recent weeks, we've seen that Dems are utterly incapable of introspection and they're running out of Republicans to blame.
There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, 'I'm done.
In 2010, it was Pelosi and then-President Barack Obama.
But the special House election in Georgia may have been Pelosi's Waterloo. "Personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party". "Many times I had not really wanted to run again, and (Democrats) called on me to do so". Some Democrats believed that Ossoff could pull off a victory in a district that has been solidly red since 1979 due to resentment against President Donald Trump and the seat's open status after the departure of Tom Price to Trump's cabinet.