Perez said the Democratic candidates in the SC and Kansas special elections also narrowed the gap before discussing the 2018 races to take back the House.
"She just doesn't help our candidates in those swing districts with independent voters and Republican voters", Vela said on CNN's "Newsroom" Friday.
President Donald Trump taunted Nancy Pelosi in a tweet Thursday as Republicans and some Democrats have pinned the loss of the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District on the House minority leader. At this point a coup seems unlikely, though Vela said, "I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do".
In over a decade leading House Democrats, into the majority and out again, Pelosi has beaten back all comers, including last fall when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise.
None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership. For Democrats in their 20s and 30s, the 2016 election was a cycle in which winning candidates in both parties and those leading Congress were several generations older. "I believe that she is not the leader for the future of the Democratic Party".
"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she concluded.
"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus", Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol after Republicans featured her in nearly every ad attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia congressional race which he lost Tuesday. Similarly, Massachusetts Representative Seth Moulton claimed that the group's ultimate goal would be to, as aforementioned, remove and replace Pelosi as House Minority Leader ahead of next year's midterm elections.
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FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon said, "Unfortunately, the Senate bill is an amendment to Obamacare , not a repeal of it". There is talk of a vote as early as next week after a Congressional Budget Office score is available.
He added that one of the effects of the Democrats' "Trump derangement syndrome" is that they've forgotten about the issues. Remember when the Democrats proclaimed that Republicans would pay heavy prices in special elections for going after Obamacare? "But her time has come and gone", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Thursday on MSNBC.
President Trump stirred the pot, Thursday, tweeting: "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".
Gergen added that the odds of a Trump re-election is high and will continue to increase if the Democratic Party won't step up. 'I love the arena.
Democrats have been doing plenty of self-reflection since they lost the special election in Georgia's sixth district on Tuesday. One reason Ossoff came so close to winning the district in the first round is that many Republicans, perhaps baffled by the dozen or so candidates, didn't vote. DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan attempted to do just that with his recent memo that spun Jon Ossoff's disappointing loss as a demonstration of how much ground Democrats are gaining in traditionally conservative districts.
"I think it's very concerning that that tactic still has some punch", Ryan said. "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. "And at some point, the right thing to do ... is to defend her and her legacy", he said. "(Tom) Daschle was a target, Tip O'Neill was a target", Pelosi said.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, had challenged Pelosi for her leadership position earlier this year, and agreed, during an interview on CNN Wednesday night, that Republicans' ads using her as a Democratic boogey-woman have been effective.
She vowed to "heed the words of President Kennedy in the closing of his inaugural address, when he said ..."
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