Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

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Representative Kathleen Rice from NY claimed that she's been approached by an increasing number of members of the Democratic caucus, telling her that the party needs to move forward with new leadership and without Pelosi.

"It's fair to say nearly every cent has been raised through the prism of, 'we need to hold the Republican majority to prevent Nancy Pelosi from passing her far-left agenda, '" said Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee - the House GOP's campaign arm.

According to Politico, Pelosi spent a good chunk of her weekly news conference defending her long-time position as the Democratic leader in the House.

"We will carry those key lessons forward in order to compete in districts as Republican-leaning as Georgia, and in the dozens of districts on our battlefield that are much more competitive", Lujan said. "Is it fair? No".

These 14 seats - plus the four more that Trump carried by less than 5 percent - are obvious Democratic targets, and the result in Georgia suggests that Democrats could be competitive in many of them.

"We can't keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place".

"Obviously people are very concerned about where we are and they want to have a conversation about where we need to be", Rep. Tim Ryan of OH told reporters about why the group got together. "But I am honored by the support", she said. "My caucus is overwhelmingly supportive of me". In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader". "I just think people want to know that they're going to be supported, and that they're going to have the support of the caucus".

Pelosi said that would be fine with her.

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The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads against her have taken their toll when it comes to public opinion.

Pelosi then offered up a few new soundbites for the next batch of negative GOP ads.

"People say to me all the time, 'You raise more money than anybody ... why don't you spend some of your money on yourself?'" she said. "I thrive on competition", she said. "I think she's the most capable leader that we have and I can't imagine anyone else who could do such an important job and do it so well".

Of the political impact of the Republican attacks: "I think I'm worth the trouble", she said. I love the arena.

After attending the meeting on Pelosi's future, Representative Richmond, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, suggested the solution might be changing the narrative surrounding the minority leader, not ousting her.

"I'm very proud to represent San Francisco in the Congress", affirmed Pelosi. "And at some point, the right thing to do ... is to defend her and her legacy", he said.

When I'm back in CT, I often get on a commuter bus and ride it for just an hour to talk to folks.

Commenting on the Democrats' electoral failure in the South this week, which included a South Carolina House race, Hot Air blogger Andrew Malcolm observed that one-third of Pelosi's 193 House Democrats now come from just three states, "the usual liberal suspects of California, New York and MA, not the crucial Heartland". "Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.

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