Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

  • Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, is not ready to give up her power, despite calls by some of her Democratic colleagues who say new leadership is needed following the recent losses in House special elections in Georgia and SC, where Republicans Karen Handel and Ralph Norman won, respectively. "We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place, '" Rice said. "But she certainly is one of the reasons".

But no. Nancy Pelosi is still their party's prom queen. She is a great leader.

But while Pelosi's critics are increasingly vocal, they have not yet answered critical questions about who would fill her leadership and fundraising roles if they were to mount a serious challenge for the perch atop the party Pelosi has held since 2002. But in the second half of her 15 years as caucus leader, the Democrats in the House have been in a steady decline, losing the House majority in 2010, and continuing to lose seats.

Politico reported that a number of House Democrats met on Thursday to discuss ways to replace Pelosi, something they say is necessary to win House seats in the 2018 election.

Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully ran against Pelosi in November for the House leadership post, also attended Rice's meeting. Richmond characterized the meeting as a "family discussion" that should be kept private, but he did say that they talked about how to get back to a majority and that some called for leadership change.

Ryan was asked on CNN whether Pelosi is more toxic in today's discourse than President Donald Trump is. She's a wealthy, Bay Area progressive. Others have privately said Pelosi weighs down Democrats and could prevent the party from retaking the House in the upcoming midterm elections. It needs a party that actively seeks to reduce income inequality by changing education to focus on creating more 21st-century job skills and by making it easier for older workers to launch new careers instead of being left behind by technological change. (This has troubling implications for Republicans as well as Democrats.) Among Democrats, this polarization has led the party base to abandon big-tent politics in favor of binary judgments that ascribe moral failings to those with even moderate disagreements about cultural issues.

Meanwhile, in one of his first campaign moves, Joe Cunningham, a Democrat challenging Mark Sanford for a House seat in SC, spoke out against Pelosi the morning after the Georgia results came in.

There's also an even more basic reality: Showing that the party will dump its leader if Republicans are persistently negative enough about that leader only gives the GOP more incentive to use aggressive tactics - and puts the next Democratic leader on tepid ground from the outset. "And I think my membership has strong support for Nancy Pelosi".

Following unsuccessful attempts in recent special elections in Montana and Kansas, the Democrats were hoping to slam the Republicans on Tuesday. Throughout the two-month campaign, Republican candidate Karen Handel consistently labeled Democrat Jon Ossoff "Nancy Pelosi's handpicked candidate". According to CNN, Pelosi has helped the Democratic Party raise some $568 million since 2002.

Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.