Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

She said she feels "very confident" in the support she has from her caucus, but claimed ownership over the "timing" for her role as minority leader.

It's not just Ossoff's loss, as well as the loss in three other special election House races since the election, that has Democrats looking for a leadership change.

Following Ossoff's loss, Democrats were quick to point out that the Georgia district was gerrymandered, that it had been in Republican hands since Newt Gingrich held the seat, and that Handle won a close race, while her Republican predecessor had won by a large margin. 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.

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker".

A defiant Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not going anywhere, brushing off critics from her own party saying "I think I'm worth the trouble". "At some point, the coach has got to go, right?" said Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., on Friday.

Pelosi became defensive, in the middle of a long rambling explanation about the state of the Democrat Party (video at end). "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.

But Pelosi didn't sound like she was going anywhere on Thursday.

"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", he said.

But it was a demoralizing blow to Democrats hoping Georgia would be a breakthrough for a party trying to harvest electoral victories from the grassroots anti-Trump activism seen in marches on Washington and boisterous crowds at town hall meetings around the country.

Led by Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), at least some in the group believe Pelosi has to go in order for Democrats to have a chance to win the House back in November 2018. "They keep winning and we keep losing".

It's no surprise that the Dems tanked, given the inept leadership they have in Congress, especially in the House, where Nancy Pelosi calls the shots as the minority leader.

According to a report in The Hill, Democratic leadership has come under intense criticism by the rank-and-file for Ossoff's loss to Handel.

The challenge for Democrats, as pointed in Politico's reporting, is that there are no viable candidates to challenge Pelosi and take over the leadership.

"We'd better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realise that the problem is us; it's the party", OH representative Tim Ryan said Wednesday morning as he left a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus in the Capitol.

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