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Democrats, beware: African-American voters might take a pass in 2018

Democrats, beware: African-American voters might take a pass in 2018”

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership, and her job, on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss. But nothing that happened should make Republicans feel secure about their hold on the House of Representatives. As Rice pointed out, if Pelosi was a coach of a sports team with a comparable losing streak, she would have been fired. Their action plan: Keep talking.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Ryan predicted it would be hard for Democrats to win back the House with Pelosi as Minority Leader.

It's about all they can do.

"I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them", Pelosi told reporters gathered for her weekly press conference.

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff, left, concedes to Republican Karen Handel while joined by his fiancee Alisha Kramer at his election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Michael Bloomberg also thinks Trump will likely win a re-election considering the Democratic Party's performance during the 2016 election campaign.

"The issue I think strategically is that Trump energizes their base and Leader Pelosi energizes their base", said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful past year in trying to unseat Pelosi.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who many have touted as a rising star in the party, attended the session, according to three Democrats who also attended. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders". David Gergen, senior political analyst, and former presidential advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Raegan, and Bill Clinton, told CNN that the results should serve as a warning to the Dems to never underestimate Donald Trump and his party's capacity to win against them. But Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats for a House majority, and in good years, parties usually gain only half the seats they seriously target. "This is not a glass that's almost empty but almost full and we're ready to win the Congress in the next election but in the mean time we don't want those in power to do harm to anyone in our country and certainly not the LGBT community". "I don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country", said Ryan.

Trump seems to enjoy the focus on Pelosi, taking another jab Friday after tweeting about her the day before. As a political tactic, that may be smart, but it leaves the public and voters with no clear or viable alternative as attention slowly begins to turn to mid-term elections in 2018. As it stands, many members of the Democratic caucus still see Pelosi as their defacto leader and until a suitable challenger arises, she'll remain just that. The Iraq war veteran endorsed eight veterans running for the House this week, and started a new national security task force with other young veterans within the Democratic caucus.

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi", insisted Rice". "We're a family. We're going to have those discussions". Conservative strategist Frank Luntz took to Twitter to say "she represents everything swing voters dislike about D.C". "I love the arena". "My leadership is recognized by many around the country and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say".

Liberals from California and smaller blue states are exerting their influence on the electoral process in red states, determined to flip them to blue, and, by and large, are succeeding with the exception of the most recent election in Georgia's 6th district where Democrats spent over $23 million, the most in the history of the House of Representative elections ever.



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