Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Katrina Barker
June 26, 2017

Vote for collectivism and social justice, he told his young and naïve followers; when I lose, I can buy an expensive sports auto and a second home in Vermont while you dopes are driving tin cans or old cars with the "Feel the burn" and "Coexist" bumper stickers on and lay your head down on your parents' couch in the basement after a hard day's work as baristas at Starbucks.

Trump's tweets, old and new, left many perplexed about whether there was motive or strategy behind the whole affair.

"The whole Democratic message under Pelosi is built on fantasy", Watters said.

Sure, and the South emerged from the Civil War victorious because it registered more kills than the North and the king won the Glorious Revolution because he fared better than he did in the English Civil War.

"You see those commercials that tie these candidates to leader Pelosi week in and week out in the last several months, that still moves the needle, you know?" he said. She voted for Ossoff, though reluctantly, and said the ads tying him to the national party likely dissuaded others like her from crossing party lines.

They explain their totals includes money raised for the party not directly controlled by her committees. They are dissatisfied with the Californian's leadership and the party's inability to land an electoral blow on Mr Trump.

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

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine and a rising party star, said the special elections should be a "wake-up call" for Democrats. "It's this California combination".

Still, there is something odd about the attacks on Pelosi. Thus, a state like Virginia, because of its heavy concentration of communists and other fellow travelers in the northern part, it has elected a fellow progressive governor, senators, and other representatives despite the fact that the rest of the state is very much conservative.

San Francisco is as middle America as Alpharetta is a metropolis. However, given the current, widespread popular distrust of institutions, Americans continue to thirst for thoughtful innovations and realistic solutions to challenging problems. A politician marinated in that unique milieu can't help but represent it and represent something quite foreign to people living elsewhere. Is standing on principle the best path forward for Democrats? Heading into the 2018 midterm elections they will need to pick up 24 House seats to recapture a House majority next November.

So while Pelosi took heat from some party colleagues after Democrat Jon Ossoff lost his bid for a Georgia House seat, and found herself grilled hard by reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday, she will survive. Empowering a representative in the safest district made it unsafe for representatives in other districts.

Pelosi said Thursday that she has "always featured the young 30-somethings".

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously.

Some Democrats, though, have wanted her out, particularly after the party was unable to win back control in 2016, a year when the party was seen as having a decent chance of doing so. And because she ranks as an effective and experienced fighter, she probably won't face a fight.

She said the four GOP-held seats that they failed to capture this year - in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC - would normally not have been priorities for her party, but she said they made big gains anyway, reducing their margin of loss from as much as 20 percentage points in previous elections down to less than 5 points this time.

In addition, the Democratic Party urgently needs to make wholesale changes to the party's haphazard and self-defeating primary and caucus system.

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