Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff, left, waves to the crowd while stepping offstage with his fiancee Alisha Kramer after conceding to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. She referenced that the GOP spent millions of dollars promoting House Speaker Paul Ryan since he was on the 2012 ticket as the vice presidential ticket and "I have a hundred million or so spent against me and his numbers are no better than mine".

"Well, I am a master legislator. My leadership is recognized by many around the country".

"I'd like to keep her right where she is, because our record is extraordinary against her", Trump said in a Fox News interview.

Twin defeats in special elections for House seats in Georgia and SC have touched off a paroxysm of second-guessing and recriminations within the Democratic Party and in those organizations which exist to provide advice and political cover for the Democrats. Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by around 5 percentage points in the suburban Atlanta district previously represented by Tom Price, now the Health and Human Services secretary.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

Todd pointed to several ads that appeared since 2010, tying different candidates to Pelosi. They must pick up 24 seats to do so. 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.

The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes.

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", Pelosi said. "And everyone pretty much sat in silence and I'd like to think that they were as shocked as I was that they were hearing the spin that was being put on this loss". "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi".

As they have in the past, Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership.

Even Cher chimed in, tweeting that the GOP runs against her in every race.

The apparent effectiveness of that messaging suggested to some that the 77-year-old Californian could be a liability for Democrats as they aim to regain their majority.

The California Democrat has always been a boogeywoman Republicans have used to motivate their base and to woo independents as the personification of liberal values and 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. "Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.

"We dodged a bullet tonight", Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake said. "I thrive on competition". She has beat back all comers, including last fall, when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise. Some expressed fears about the same tactic being used elsewhere as they aim to take back control of the House in next year's midterms.

She criticized reporters for focusing on criticism of her rather than the rollout of the Senate healthcare bill on Thursday. "We don't agonize. We organize". We showed the world that in places no one even thought it was possible to fight, we can fight.

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