Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

Nancy Pelosi

I will tell you about the Democrats. "Well, I'm a master legislator".

Clinton was almost as unpopular as Trump in 1993 and into 1994, but by the middle of his second term, as Republican attacks and then legal actions became ever more extreme, his rating surpassed 60% approval and then approached 70% just as he was being impeached and only narrowly acquitted in his Senate trial.

After the 2016 election, Pelosi faced a challenger to her leadership.

In the Ossoff race, even though the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer ended up running a more centrist and not Trump-centric campaign, Republicans were able to zero in on the more than $23 million in donations Ossoff raised, largely from liberal enclaves like California and NY, and make an easy connection to Pelosi.

She and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chair of the House Democrats' campaign arm, stressed that in all of the special elections that took place in solidly red districts Democrats had significantly narrowed the gap.

But it was demoralizing for Democrats, who also lost a special election in neighboring SC.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory.

CROWLEY: Typically they don't go and pick folks in districts where they think they're going to lose that seat to a Democrat.

"Look we need to win, everything else is bulls***", Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY told reporters leaving the meeting.

'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.

MOULTON: Certainly one thing I learned as a Marine is - you know, my job description was very simple. "The good news for Republicans is that swarms of national media and images of Nancy Pelosi still motivate their base", Wasserman writes, while noting that Republicans can't count on that kind of super attention in every race.

Democrats are 0 for 4 in congressional elections this year, having earlier lost races to fill vacant seats in Kansas and Montana.

The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada.

During a June 6 debate, Handel repeatedly pointed out that Ossoff lives outside of the district in Atlanta (reportedly so that his fiancé can live closer to the university where she attends medical school) and made critical statements about his similarities to former House speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In a previously scheduled closed-door conference meeting Wednesday morning, Pelosi and Lujan kicked off the session by mentioning the race Tuesday night, and the need for the party to develop an economic message.

"I think she let her record speak for itself". He tried and failed last fall to unseat Pelosi as House minority leader.

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.

"They don't have Clinton or Obama, so this is what they do", Hammill said.

Pelosi insisted that the current leadership structure already gives opportunities to younger members, telling reporters, "I have always featured the young 30-somethings. and they are so impressive". "We don't agonize. We organize". We have to address that reality'.

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