EJ Dionne: A victory for party, not Trump

Kari Scott
June 25, 2017

"People in OH don't grab me about Russian Federation at all when I'm home", Ryan said. In this week's election, Georgia voters, many of whom are skeptical of President Donald Trump and his tweets, demonstrated they nevertheless want more from an opposition than rants and adolescent rage over losing an election.

Despite calling Pelosi a "historic figure" and "prolific fundraiser", the Texas congressman also questioned whether her fundraising efforts were really worth it. To borrow one of the favorite quotations from one of Pelosi's least favorite late Democratic colleagues, "Beam me up, Scotty!" "Personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party". Until that happens, Democrats will remain as unpopular as the president they loathe. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful previous year in trying to unseat Pelosi. Allies and grassroots supporters were sent suggested tweets Thursday that urged Democrats not to ditch Pelosi in the middle of a high-stakes legislative battle over the future of health care reform.

"Conversations are conversations and ... discussions are healthy", he said.

Those leaders have been entrenched in their current positions for years, limiting younger members' ability to rise to the top of the House Democratic ranks - though Pelosi has created new junior leadership roles for younger members.

"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", she said. "And I think the answer is obvious", Vela said.

"As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters, those Republican voters who might go our way, not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi", Vela said.

"I respect any opinion that my members have", she added. "And for a long time now, since I was elected whip and leader, it was always about 'do you support gay marriage?"

Pelosi has led the Democratic Party since 2003, and replacing her wouldn't be easy.

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"I'm in my 10th term and I certainly have never seen someone who is smarter in the kind of backroom maneuvering that Nancy Pelosi does", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.

Richmond said he understands the "unease" voiced by Pelosi's critics, noting that the Democrats haven't been in the majority since he joined Congress. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders".

"We don't agonize, we organize", she concluded. "When she was pressed on it in the debate, she said, 'Look, Planned Parenthood doesn't do mammograms, '" Quigley said. "And at some point, the right thing to do ... is to defend her and her legacy". Jaffe supports Medicare-for-All, one big issue that Pelosi has come under fire over by her constituents.

The key for Handel was the time she had between April's first round of voting (which Ossoff led in an open primary with 48.1 percent, just short of the majority he needed to settle matters then) and the second (in which Ossoff's vote nearly precisely matched his earlier share).

"I don't think anybody's fighting back".

"Endorsements of a candidate rarely help", John Pudner, a veteran campaign consultant who now serves as executive director of Take Back Our Republic, tells The American Spectator.

Pelosi, by far the Democrats' most potent fundraiser, said Thursday that she's been pressed in the past to spend some of the money promoting herself, but decided against it.

"You want me to sing my praises?" she asked defiantly.

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