Other Views: Bad day for the Democrats

Posted June 25, 2017

Pelosi says she has no plans to step down, and Democrats haven't found any viable replacements yet.

Asked if the Democrats can take back the House with Pelosi atop the party, Richmond paused, then said, "Probably". David Gergen, senior political analyst, and former presidential advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Raegan, and Bill Clinton, told CNN that the results should serve as a warning to the Dems to never underestimate Donald Trump and his party's capacity to win against them. It needs a party that actively seeks to reduce income inequality by changing education to focus on creating more 21st-century job skills and by making it easier for older workers to launch new careers instead of being left behind by technological change.

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. "And for a long time now, since I was elected whip and leader, it was always about 'do you support gay marriage?"

The challenge of Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, 43, for the leadership post after the election fell far short.

Pelosi's most logical challenger would be Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., 55, the House Democratic Caucus chairman.

"Right now, what I'm pushing for is a conversation within the caucus", Rice said. Millions were spent in Georgia with ads linking Pelosi to Jon Ossoff, who lost to Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday. Privately, Republicans have complained about Handel's campaign and suggested that the former Georgia secretary of state - who lost two subsequent statewide bids for higher office - wasn't a strong candidate. But he also defended Pelosi, arguing that Democrats have been too timid in shielding their leader in the face of years of attacks from Republicans. The idea that a significant portion of the GOP is watching CNN's hour-by-hour coverage of the so-called Russian Federation scandal and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to send a message to Trump about how Michael Flynn should've been more careful about disclosing his lobbying work is otherworldly. "People in OH don't grab me about Russian Federation at all when I'm home", Ryan said.

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That reality was the subtext for Pelosi's taunting remarks Thursday in which she cast her Democratic critics as hungry for attention rather than serious about ousting her.

The longtime politician's sentiments came just before Trump spoke of her in an interview with "Fox & Friends" which aired on Friday.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass, echoed that sentiment on CNN. Nationalizing the swings against them in the special elections held for GOP seats this year would likely deprive them of control in 2018.

The House Democratic Leader has few current peers when it comes to pumping money into colleagues' campaigns. The Iraq war veteran endorsed eight veterans running for the House this week, and started a new national security task force with other young veterans within the Democratic caucus.

"It's a tactic. And it's self-evident", Pelosi said. "You have to look at the upside", she said. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have".

"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,"Luján said."