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           Is it Time for the Democratic Party to Rid Itself of Nancy Pelosi?
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Parmenio Sano | 25 Giugno, 2017, 18:08

The Democrats have done it again, forming another circular firing squad to blow their chances of winning the Georgia House Special Election in its 6th District. But Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats for a House majority, and in good years, parties usually gain only half the seats they seriously target.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi in front of Capitol on Thursday.

President Donald Trump taunted Nancy Pelosi in a tweet Thursday as Republicans and some Democrats have pinned the loss of the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District on the House minority leader.

One reason Lujan is banking on victory: the Republican health care bill. Sure, Republicans will go after the next House majority leader and seek to demonize him or her.

Just hours prior, New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice told CNN that the party was in need of a change. 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. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report analyzed the results and reported, "If Democrats were to outperform their "generic" share by eight points across the board in November 2018, they would pick up 80 seats".

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".

The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads against her have taken their toll when it comes to public opinion.

Last year, Rice backed a leadership challenge from Ohio Democratic congressman Tim Ryan, who ran against Pelosi for minority leader but was defeated by a vote of 134-63.

Huh? Dumping Pelosi, who has devoted her professional life to Democratic values, would be like throwing the captain of your ship overboard when the sharks are circling. "The honest answer is in some areas of the country, yes, she is", he replied.

"When you're drawing the districts with an eye to representing communities of interest rather than partisan strength, you're going to have more competitive districts", he said. 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. "Personally, I think it's time for new generation of leadership in the party".

Looking at the campaign ads eventual victor Karen Handle ran in the Georgia race, one would have thought she was running against Pelosi, not Jon Ossoff.

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. And here in Florida, the state's Democratic Party chairman, Stephen Bittel, badly alienated black Democratic lawmakers by calling them "childish", sparking accusations of racism.

"I think I'm worth the trouble".

Ossoff's strong performance, especially his consistent moderate stance, also must be noted by Republicans and Democrats, Knippenberg said.

The two campaigns and outside groups supporting and opposing the candidates shelled out at least $36 million, including more than $22 million from Ossoff's campaign.

The leadership of the House Democratic Caucus tried to put the best face on Tuesday's special election losses in Georgia and SC by saying they're making progress, and the GOP victories were much more narrow than in the past.

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.


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