Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

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Meanwhile, Ryan said he does think it will be "very hard" for Democrats to win the House back under Pelosi.

Since 1990, she's raised more than $9.2 million for party candidates, including $739,000 in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks contributions from candidate committees and affiliated PACs. The question of whether the Democratic Party can succeed in district races preoccupies many, including the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board.

"We reduced by 20 points what the advantage had been in that district for the Republicans", the minority leader, imagining Democrats playing horseshoes or hand grenades, declared.

Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) called for newer, younger leadership in the party and said the Democrats' "brand is worse than Trump" during an interview this week with The New York Times.

"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.

"I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi believes that she is the one that can lead this party".

This week seems to encapsulate numerous problems Democrats are facing. The party lost 13 House seats that year.

It's emblematic of the one campaign skill that Republicans have consistently mastered - demonizing their political opponents.

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Former Rep. Allen West, who was redistricted out of his seat by his own Republican party who did not like his America-first stance on many issues, compared this exodus of progressives and invasion of conservative states to the Muslim Hijra which is also taking place all over the world as we speak, including the United States.

But they quickly did a 180 when the Georgia race, and a less publicized House contest in SC that the Republican won by 3 percent, turned into an easy 4-point win for Handel. It would not have been a crucial blow to Trump if Ossoff had won in Georgia, and it's not a devastating blow to Democrats that, despite raising $25 million, he couldn't win in a heavily Republican district.

She said she feels "very confident" in the support she has from her caucus, but claimed ownership over the "timing" for her role as minority leader.

While Handel's victory came in a district that's elected Republicans to Congress since the 1970s, it reshaped Republican thinking in two ways, and neither is likely to make the already-convoluted budget process easier. Democrats also point to their own lessons learned in President Obama's first midterm, when they lost control of the House a year after winning a key special election in upstate NY. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say". "Pelosi is the gift that keeps on giving". But his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, as well as a GOP-aligned super PAC and the House Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, spent millions on television ads and mailers latching Ossoff to Pelosi.

This has all come to a head because Pelosi became the focal point of the Republican campaign message in the Georgia special election.

"It's a tactic. And it's self-evident", Pelosi said.

But at her weekly press conference, Pelosi shrugged of concerns that she was dragging down the party. "We're used to that", said New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell. "I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion", she said.

Gergen added that the odds of a Trump re-election is high and will continue to increase if the Democratic Party won't step up.

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