March 21 2018

The Passing of the Pelosi Era

March 21 2018, 10:23 | Rex Rios

The Passing of the Pelosi Era

Russian President Vladimir Putin left speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province Monday Sept. 5 2016

One of Trump's electoral strengths was that he is not Hillary Clinton, and Tuesday in Georgia the voters said they don't want a congressman who has been hanging out with Nancy Pelosi. I'm a strategic, politically astute leader.

"I am a master legislator", she boasted.

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 feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus", she said. "I need to step back and do what's best for this party", said Rice. (This has troubling implications for Republicans as well as Democrats.) Among Democrats, this polarization has led the party base to abandon big-tent politics in favor of binary judgments that ascribe moral failings to those with even moderate disagreements about cultural issues. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio. "I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special election districts, it doesn't benefit our candidates to be tied to her". "That still moves the needle", said Ryan.

Someone comically wrote that "Snowflakes are crying their Ossoff in their parents' basements'" after the results of the election determined that Ossoff lost.

The party of Pelosi poured $30 million into the race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff for the right to represent the Newt Gingrich conservatives of suburban Atlanta's 6th Congressional District.

The former advisor said the incumbent president is only doing what he is supposed to do and that is to impress the American voters "with the fact that he withstood assaults on four different states" where the Republicans reigned over the Democrats. Democrats knew the seat was winnable, or they wouldn't have poured millions of dollars into the race.

Democrats lost another race in SC that same night, and that followed previous disappointments in Montana and Kansas. That proved a winning strategy for her and probably will serve as a roadmap for other Republicans during the age of Trump.

As Democrats lick their wounds in the wake of the defeat, eyes quickly turned to Pelosi, with some Democrats openly calling for a change in leadership as they fear Pelosi is bad for their brand.

That reality was the subtext for Pelosi's taunting remarks Thursday in which she cast her Democratic critics as hungry for attention rather than serious about ousting her.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, noting Clinton's narrow 1-point loss to Trump in the Sixth District and the 7-to-1 fundraising edge Ossoff had over Handel, said early on election night, "This should not be close".

Pelosi's potential successors have included former Rep. Rahm Emanuel - but he left the House to become Obama's chief of staff and later to run for mayor of Chicago.

"Democrats still have literally no idea why they keep losing elections".

Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.

At least a dozen Democrats attended the confab including Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (La.), Tony Cardenas (Calif.), a member of House Democratic leadership, and Reps.

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.

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