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25 June 2017, 03:05 | Latoya Patrick
As some Congressional Democrats openly call for the ouster of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over the string of special election losses, the chairman of the Democratic Party is pointing the finger at something else - gerrymandering.
Ryan said Pelosi stands in the way of the party's goal of flipping control of the House back in their favor for the first time since 2010.
"We need leadership change", Kathleen Rice, a representative from NY, declared on CNN. It just makes them disaffected from the leadership in the White House.
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"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said.
"If you can't get elected, you can't govern". They're genuine statements of independence from the national party. That's bad news for Democrats hoping to score big wins locally and across the country in 2018.
The New York Times' Maggie Haberman reported late Thursday that aides to Pelosi had sent around suggested tweets, reminding people of Pelosi's role getting ObamaCare passed through the House - just as Republicans were unveiling their health care bill - and attempting to make the hashtag #StandWithNancy go viral.
With some members doubting her abilities she sang her own praises.
"Well, I am a master legislator".
"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". My leadership is recognized by many around the country.
Like the reporting you see here? And some of her colleagues have voiced support for her since Tuesday, including Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who described her as "one of the best speakers ever".
My impression is that none of the Democrats (except maybe Archie Parnell in South Carolina's 5th District) had the political skills and local appeal that enabled so many Democrats to win Republican-leaning seats in the 1970s and hold them in the 1980s.
Tuesday night, 55-year-old Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated 30-year-old Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff and secured the seat in Georgia's 6 District in the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history. "She is a great leader".
"We don't agonize, we organize", she concluded. The contentious Russian investigation, for example, is "just disconnected from what normal people and average people are going through".
"Are the Democrats sick of losing yet?"
She recently had a shining moment on the House floor, however, in the hours after the June 14 shooting of Republican lawmakers.
The president slammed Pelosi's record after the Democratic special election losses, explaining that it would be a "very, very sad day for Republicans' if Nancy Pelosi steps down".
"I don't know if there is a solution in the short term", Ryan said. "(Tom) Daschle was a target, Tip O'Neill was a target", Pelosi said.
"In the earlier years I used to pray for your happiness, for the fact that we would work together". "You have to look at the upside", she said.
It turns out, too, that the Republicans' "San Francisco values" line isn't new.
"That was [former Speaker of the House] Newt Gingrich's old seat, heavily gerrymandered by Georgia", Perez said.
There's also an even more basic reality: Showing that the party will dump its leader if Republicans are persistently negative enough about that leader only gives the GOP more incentive to use aggressive tactics - and puts the next Democratic leader on tepid ground from the outset.
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