Pelosi Defends Leadership Following Special Election Loss

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A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a House election in Georgia. "But my decision about how long I stay is not up to them". During the briefing, she characterized herself as "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader".

"So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you're saying?" she asked. Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by around 5 percentage points in the suburban Atlanta district previously represented by Tom Price, now the Health and Human Services secretary.

The political number crunchers have produced a variety of analyses of the results in the recent special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC in an attempt to quantify the two parties' strength in the Trump era.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

In 2009, Pelosi was Speaker of the House leading a 255-seat majority.

Still, Democrats would have massive gaps to fill if they were to oust Pelosi.

Some of the Democrats' suggesting Pelosi should move on have recently argued that the Republican attack ads linking Democratic candidates to her are an effective campaign tool, and could hurt the party's chances to flip control of the House in the 2018 midterms. "I mean, does anybody in this room think that we're going to be discussing a single-payer?" Fox News reported that a source close to the House Minority Leader said that the criticism of her does bother her because it's coming from all sides.

President Trump stirred the pot, Thursday, tweeting: "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!"

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But Pelosi mocked the President, saying it was "the first tweet he didn't actually write" because it sounded like a statement many other Republicans have made recently.

The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.

The National Republican Congressional Committee released a satirical ad that thanks Pelosi for being "someone who has been such a wonderful contributor to Republican victories". 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.

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone.

But I am honored by the support", she said.

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

Back in 2001 Hoyer and Pelosi faced each other for the top leadership position inside the Democratic caucus, but have largely worked collaboratively in the top two slots for years. Democrats have been chafing in the minority since they were thrust there in 2010 after risky votes in favor of President Barack Obama's initiatives including the Affordable Care Act.

The veteran San Francisco congresswoman held up her fundraising numbers and track record maneuvering major legislation through the House and declared she was confident she had the support from her colleagues to continue in her post. "We don't agonize. We organize".

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