A Reluctant Defense of Nancy Pelosi

Karen Handel Steve Handel
A Reluctant Defense of Nancy Pelosi

26 June, 2017

He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint".

Democrats need to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader if they are going to win future elections, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi presumably realizes this when she cautions fellow Democrats, as she did in 2006, not to frame the election as a referendum on impeachment.

Now, in the wake of the loss in Georgia and three other House special elections where Democrats failed to pull off upset wins, those divisions are rising back up to the surface.

Ossoff ran on a decidedly moderate platform with millions of dollars to back him up.

Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race. "They like to target my district, the city of St. Francis", replied Pelosi.

The Georgia contest was the most expensive House race in history, and the GOP dusted off the same playbook it has used effectively since the Republican wave of 2010: Hammering Democratic candidates with a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message that drives out the conservative base. Pelosi has helped engineer budget deals, an overhaul of the nation's health care law and an economic stimulus during her years as a leader.

The media, Republicans and some Democrats are hyping the "Time to get rid of Pelosi" narrative based on not one actual reason that is based in fact.

"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", Pelosi said. 'Make me an instrument of their, thy peace where there's darkness may I bring light, hatred, love, fear, hope.' You know the song of St. Francis I'm sure.

"Sure, Republicans have a convenient foil in Nancy Pelosi, but if she's removed, they'll just find a new foil", Hurst notes, and, emphasis added, continues: "Look how they shush Kamala Harris and call Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" and how Fox News is never more than one rage fit away from calling Maxine Waters the N-word".

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously.

Things are falling apart for Nancy Pelosi, and that spells good news for Pelosi's Democratic primary rival Stephen Jaffe.

There's also an even more basic reality: Showing that the party will dump its leader if Republicans are persistently negative enough about that leader only gives the GOP more incentive to use aggressive tactics - and puts the next Democratic leader on tepid ground from the outset.

"So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you're saying?" the California Democrat remarked dismissively to reporters when asked why she should stay on as leader. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders". All around the country there was a groundswell of right wing activism, a backlash against the Obama presidency and the status quo of Washington politics.

Pelosi also responded to President Donald Trump's tweet that ousting her "would be very bad for the Republican Party".

And Pelosi's fundraising prowess?

Yet neither Ossoff's campaign nor the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attempted to tie Republican victor Karen Handel to Trump in a television ad even once. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi previous year, at $592,500.

To the editor: As disappointed as I am in the defeat of Ossoff in Georgia, what really upsets me is the amount of money spent by both parties on an election for a House seat. Mitt Romney carried it 61 to 37 percent in 2012; Trump won it by only a 48.3-46.8 percent margin a year ago.

Winning the sixth congressional district was always going to be an uphill climb for Democrats because of the district's strong GOP tilt.

"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said.

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