Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi

CNN host offers a lesson for Democrats about failure following Georgia loss

Pelosi added that Republican opponents will always go after the other party's leaders - "and usually they go after the most effective leader".

The response from some: It better be.

That's the kind of thing that needs to happen under our gerrymandered political map for Democrats to flip the 24 seats they need to take control of the House.

The victories could boost Republicans' confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election. He followed that up with a Wednesday morning memo, declaring, "The House is in play".

'Do I think it's fair that the Republican playbook over the last four election cycles has been attacking Nancy Pelosi and demonizing her?' Rice began.

Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out", Trump tweeted out.

Pelosi, speaking to reporters on Thursday, said she's confident she has the support in her caucus. Imagine that, they have the House, the White House and the Senate, and they voted against their own budget.

"Ossoff's problem is that he didn't win the first round", Brian Fallon, senior adviser to Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, said in an interview. He has argued that Democrats should avoid engaging in identity politics and instead focus on issues affecting the middle class. So it's time for change. "We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place, '" Rice said.

When asked about the President's comments, Pelosi said "I think they wrote that for him, it's a classic Republican line".

Here's another, from Fox News: "Is the Democrats" brand "worse than Trump?' Some party officials admit it is".

"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said. "I thrive on competition", she said.

She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party", but she pointed out that "we don't have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that's the problem". Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by around 5 percentage points in the suburban Atlanta district previously represented by Tom Price, now the Health and Human Services secretary. It was the most expensive House race in history. Lake, the GOP consultant, predicted Handel would face a primary but she'd easily dispatch her challengers.

"It was a reach then and I think it will still be a reach in 2018", said one Democratic operative following the race.

"We need to be focused on next November, and what happens with the reality of health care and trade, tax policies and the impact on working men and women", said Rep. Debbie Dingell of MI.

Even Democrats, post-Georgia loss, admit their message isn't resonating. Trump was thus disliked enough to give Ossoff a chance, but not so unpopular that "a screechingly anti-Trump campaign", as Fallon put it, would have gone over well.

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