After high-profile losses, some Democrats seek change at the top

After high-profile losses, some Democrats seek change at the top

Pelosi isn't in danger of losing the leadership perch she has long held, though she did fend off her toughest challenge ever last fall from Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who argued the party needed someone who better understood the rural, working-class voters that were critical to President Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

And if the first step to solving a problem is identifying it, they're still a ways away.

President Trump and the Republicans continue to play with electoral fire, but the GOP on Tuesday pulled off two more special election victories; this time in Georgia's 6th District and South Carolina's 5th District.

'Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone, ' the New York Democrat said. "Vote." Meanwhile, at The Daily Beast, Patricia Murphy gave them every reason to "lose their cool". According to the Partisan Voter Index created by the Cook Political Report, there are 77 congressional districts held by Republicans that are more Democratic-leaning than the Georgia 6th.

This is not just humiliating to Democrats but opens up fresh wounds about the direction of the party.

"I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi believes that she is the one that can lead this party". Besides, there's no way that any Democrat, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Mr. Sanders, can out trash-talk Mr. Trump.

The headlines Wednesday spoke to the Democrats' confusion after Republican Karen Handel, in rather summary fashion, bested emergent Democratic hotshot Jon Ossoff in a GA-6 contest that proved the most expensive in House hitory.

"Do I think it's fair that the Republican playbook over the last four election cycles has been attacking Nancy Pelosi and demonizing her?" "A loss is a loss".

Of the political impact of the Republican attacks: "I think I'm worth the trouble", she said. Losses by Republicans in any of those races would likely have hastened the retirement of incumbents in competitive districts and would have emboldened strong potential Democratic candidates to jump in.

Asked if that meant Pelosi should go, Moulton - who backed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan's challenge to Pelosi's leadership post previous year - said: "I think that's a question for the caucus to decide".

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that invested millions in the race, argued in a memo to lawmakers, "Despite the loss, we have a lot to be proud of" and "we have a unique opportunity to flip control of the House of Representatives in 2018".

That the Pelosi-bashing continued to hurt Democrats - already struggling to get their bearings after Trump's win in November - left some fuming after a morning meeting Wednesday.

Senate Republicans finally released the text of a bill to replace Obamacare Thursday after cries from Democrats that the bill-writing process was not transparent enough. Earlier this week, Republicans protected two congressional seats by coming out on top in special elections, which the president highlighted during his re-election rally in Iowa.

"Time to move forward and win again", he wrote. President Trump's tax reform plan amounts to a massive giveaway to people like him.

That was a mistake, liberals say. 'And I hope that the Democrats keep her right where she is for a long, long time.

"Nothing preps you for next election more than concluding your team is too virtuous to win & voters are too evil or dumb to see the truth", tweeted Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review. In April and May, the Ossoff campaign actually raised more money from donors in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties than in the entire state of Georgia.



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