Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

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Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn't seem fazed by growing frustration with her among many Democrats after losing both special elections Tuesday.

Advertisements tried to tie Pelosi to the Democratic candidate in that election, Jon Ossoff.

Trump said the victory "was very big", adding "I think I helped a lot". And it's especially true when, as in these examples, no one expects the incumbent party's candidate to lose.

Following Ossoff's loss, Democrats were quick to point out that the Georgia district was gerrymandered, that it had been in Republican hands since Newt Gingrich held the seat, and that Handle won a close race, while her Republican predecessor had won by a large margin.

"If Ossoff had won, then what would it have been?"

That would be a mistake. He paid a price for this with the Democratic left.

In a valuable piece in The Atlantic, Peter Beinart notes how the concern that Sanders once expressed about immigrants undercutting USA wages used to be a fairly standard Democratic position. Mitt Romney carried it 61 to 37 percent in 2012; Trump won it by only a 48.3-46.8 percent margin previous year.

America needs better from the Democratic Party. It must pick up the pieces and go on.

This has posed a problem at the polls, because most Democratic voters are not as secular as these activists might assume.

Business as usual isn't working for the Democrats. That would be a shock. They must pick up 24 seats to do so.

"We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. 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.

He's right, and he makes a good point.

Pelosi said that would be fine with her.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

As long as they want to keep Perez running the DNC, I say, "Go for it".

That would appear to be an excellent advice.

It's not just that national Democrats don't believe any give on these issues is necessary - they positively oppose it. Banking on further division of Americans is not a long-term winning strategy.

So that leaves policy. Clinton would have proposed a much more generous budget that she would not have been able to enact without Republican votes. But he was deeply flawed. Youthful to a fault, he didn't live in the district and had no record of public service.

Five months into the Trump presidency, his legislative accomplishments (other than ratifying the predictable reversal of very late regulations issued by Obama) are virtually nil.

The criticism toward Pelosi is not new but the recent backlash against her led some liberals to reiterate their support for the long-time party leader.

"It's fair to say nearly every cent has been raised through the prism of, 'we need to hold the Republican majority to prevent Nancy Pelosi from passing her far-left agenda, '" said Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee - the House GOP's campaign arm. Certainly, the money that poured into the race was national. Her opponent, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff, had none.

No other Democrat possesses the stature to match those accomplishments.

Handel also turned Ossoff's residency about two miles outside the district into a cultural argument that his heart was actually 2,100 miles away, in San Francisco.

But Ossoff hit a wall after the primary. If anything, it spurs her and many like her to concentrate on voter registration, civic engagement and education. And that Democratic farm team that, seven years on, could have been there to have these candidates who are state reps and state senators, it's not there.

Whit Ayres, a Republican consultant and Handel strategist, underscored her success in turning the contest into a normal partisan choice. Still, it's wrong to put all the blame on Ms. Pelosi. If the 45th president's name had been Clinton, she, too would be under constant scrutiny and investigation, though probably from Congress exclusively rather than Congress and the FBI and a special counsel.

Ryan was asked on CNN whether Pelosi is more toxic in today's discourse than President Donald Trump is.

"Our brand is worse than Trump", Mr. Ryan said. Sure. Does this mean that Trump and the GOP are out of the woods?

It doesn't matter that those answers can not become policy given the political make-up today; it matters more that citizens be presented with viable solutions that become part of the debate and are embedded in the policy landscape.

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