Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela told Politico, "You'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top". I get no recommendations that I [should] support impeachment.

The increased calls for Pelosi's resignation as minority leader follow the defeat of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff by Republican Karen Handel in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District seat Tuesday - the fourth special election loss for Democrats in their bids to win seats vacated by House GOP members who joined President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

Rep. Seth Moulton echoed her complaints in a Wednesday interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.

However, Democrats have lost all four House races so far this year where they sought to flip a Republican-held seat.

She backed Trump's desired rollback of Obamacare, but during her two debates with Ossoff, she sidestepped any utterance of Trump's name to a point where Jim Galloway, a columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cracked that "the clothes have no emperor".

It was reportedly a factor in the selection of Mike Pompeo to head the CIA, Ryan Zinke to run the Department of the Interior, Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Mick Mulvaney as budget director that each held a seat where a Republican would be heavily favored to win an election to fill the vacancy.

Democrat Archie Purnell lost in South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District by about the same margin, in percentage terms, but much more cheaply.

Ossoff's loss is disappointing to Democrats, but it shouldn't be discouraging.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who many have touted as a rising star in the party, attended the session, according to three Democrats who also attended.

"Business as usual isn't working".

Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap".

BENNETT: Pelosi still has broad support among House Democrats. When there's a sizeable Women's March in Youngstown, Ohio, then we can revisit this, but the progressive tantrums are in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. etc.; the places you'd expect liberals to froth at the mouth over Hillary Clinton losing one of the most winnable elections in recent memory.

"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future".

She also noted last week's shooting of Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and said politics has become too embittered.

"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. "The House remains in play now".

None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership.

These same people want those from other nations to come to America seeking a better life, but they want a controlled and monitored immigration policy that rewards those individuals while keeping the criminal elements and terrorists at bay. In deep-blue Connecticut, Democrats held twice as many state Senate seats as Republicans in 2008.

"They are in for the races of their lives, and they know it". And they want the ability to make choices for their own lives and their children's lives, and do not want the government telling them where they can live, where they buy insurance, or where they can shop.

Ryan, Pelosi's opponent last fall, said that Pelosi's continued role as the GOP's favorite bogeyman makes it "a heck of a lot harder" for Democrats as they try to notch victories in the GOP-friendly districts they will need to win next year.