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They paint her as a reminder of why even if they may like their individual member or candidate, a vote for that Democrat would be a step toward putting Pelosi back in the speaker's chair.

Of the political impact of the Republican attacks: "I think I'm worth the trouble", she said. But to suggest they need new leadership when they are advancing on safe Republican territory and forcing Republicans to spend millions to defend safe districts is purely emotional.

"As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus", Vela said, "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".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

And it's not even just her fellow Democratic lawmakers - a 2013 Gallup poll found Pelosi was the best known but least liked Congressional leader, and polling from earlier this week found that she had a lower approval rating than President Donald Trump. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck (Schumer) stay!"

Meanwhile, in one of his first campaign moves, Joe Cunningham, a Democrat challenging Mark Sanford for a House seat in SC, spoke out against Pelosi the morning after the Georgia results came in.

And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.

"Instead, they doubled down on the stale, old baggage leadership that has gotten them nowhere", Williams said.

Karen Handel's victory in the 6th District came down to turning wavering Republicans to her in the final days of the high-stakes campaign and then turning out the GOP base on election day.

The reaction of Democrats to their loss: They "seethed, second-guessed and sought to regroup on Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia", reported the New York Times. "I think she's the most capable leader that we have and I can't imagine anyone else who could do such an important job and do it so well".

Democrat Jon Ossoff never found an answer for the attacks - and Republican Karen Handel won Tuesday night by 4 percentage points.

Pelosi brushed off the tweet, contending that Trump hadn't actually written it himself because "it's a classic Republican line".

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, told CNN his party needed new leadership. Much of what President Trump ran on may have been abhorrent, but it wasn't vague.

"I think it will be very hard", he said.

My impression is that none of the Democrats (except maybe Archie Parnell in South Carolina's 5th District) had the political skills and local appeal that enabled so many Democrats to win Republican-leaning seats in the 1970s and hold them in the 1980s.

"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

Rep. Tim Ryan (R-OH), who challenged Pelosi for the leadership past year, said on CNN: "The brand is just bad". Oh-for-four. That is the number of special elections held recently in which - try as they might - Democrats failed to dislodge a Republican. "At some point, the coach has got to go, right?" said Rep.

At this point a coup seems unlikely, though Vela said, "I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do". "But we don't agonize, we organize - organize inside the House and mobilize outside for the good of the American people", she wrote.



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