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Trump lashes out at Democrats after Georgia win

25 June 2017, 03:04 | Latoya Patrick

Beyond opposing Trump, Democrats keep searching for a message

Passing of the Pelosi Era

Handel backers, meanwhile, credit Republican voters for coalescing behind her in a show of the party's strength, even in an area where President Donald Trump underperformed GOP margins in November. Several congressmen have gone so far as to suggest that Pelosi ought to step down and allow the party to rebrand itself moving forward. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap". She has been a successful fundraiser since she joined the leadership team in 2002. "But her time has come and gone", Kathleen Rice, a Democratic congressman from NY, said on MSNBC yesterday morning. "But we're still losing".

He said the Democratic Party, however, isn't self-aware enough to realize that they'll always have an uphill battle if she's the face of the party. "Democrats haven't won there in 37 years", he said of the former speaker of the House.

Trump's tweet not only implies that Pelosi hurts the Democratic Party, but it also means Trump actually agrees with some Democratic leaders, including Rep. Tim Ryan.

Ryan was asked on CNN whether Pelosi is more toxic in today's discourse than President Donald Trump is.

"The Democrats have lost three elections", she said.

"It's not personal against Leader Pelosi, it's just reality", Ryan said, adding later his belief that Pelosi's leadership "provide [s] a good, solid impediment" to taking back the majority.

A handful of House Democrats - from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who Pelosi beat for re-election to her leadership post late a year ago - have raised fears that their party may not be able to win back the House with Pelosi leading the caucus.

The criticism toward Pelosi is not new but the recent backlash against her led some liberals to reiterate their support for the long-time party leader.

In the Cook Political Report, House elections expert David Wasserman has examined the Democrats' performances in the Georgia race and other House contests and sees some very encouraging signs.

At his watch party Tuesday night, both Democrat Jon Ossoff and his supporters spoke of a movement having "just begun".

"Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost", Vela told Politico.

"Oh my gosh. Ugh", Handel said to Elliot about running again in a short matter of time.

As Democrats lick their wounds in the wake of the defeat, eyes quickly turned to Pelosi, with some Democrats openly calling for a change in leadership as they fear Pelosi is bad for their brand.

Half of Democrats (49 percent) view Pelosi favorably, while 1 in 4 Democrats (26 percent) have an unfavorable view of her.



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