Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi fires up fellow Democrats at an election night rally at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 7, 2006.

Some have blamed the minority leader for a string of near-misses in House special elections, most recently Republican Karen Handel's win over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia.

Advertisements tried to tie Pelosi to the Democratic candidate in that election, Jon Ossoff.

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.

For perspective, in November previous year, the Democrat challenger to Congressman Tom Price received 38.3 percent of the popular vote in the sixth congressional district of Georgia. "This became a focal point in our messaging, as well as other outside groups and the Handel campaign itself".

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he hopes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stays as leader of the Democrats. The yelling, screaming, and cursing of the Democratic Party; the endless protests; the calls for resistance; and the obsession about Russian collusion are not winning messages.

No one goes to the polls to support a party whose primary claim to legitimacy is the ability to stand in the way of the other party. "We haven't been talking about these direct economic issues that people are talking about", he said. You go back to OH, they're not talking about Russian Federation.

"I don't mean to suggest that the Handel campaign performed poorly". We're overwhelmed with our anger towards Trump. "I need to step back and do what's best for this party'". Tim Ryan of Ohio, Seth Moulton of MA and Filemon Vela of Texas.

Ossoff's strong performance, especially his consistent moderate stance, also must be noted by Republicans and Democrats, Knippenberg said. "If you stay mad, you stay angry, you're unproductive". We've got to get our act together.

"We need to have that discussion", Rep. Seth Moulton, a 38-year-old Democrat and Iraq War veteran from MA, told NBC News of whether Pelosi should stick around. "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be". "It's time for some change".

'There comes a time in every leader's life when they have to know that it's time to leave and usher in the next generation of leaders, ' Rice said. He argued that when strategy doesn't work, there have to be repercussions at the top.

Moulton said the recent election results necessitated a conversation among Democrats about shaking things up.

"We can't keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place".

That's partly because they have so much practice.

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker".

That the Pelosi-bashing continued to hurt Democrats - already struggling to get their bearings after Trump's win in November - left some fuming after a morning meeting Wednesday. Certainly, the money that poured into the race was national. "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that". 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.

One of the most shocking observations to be made about the Georgia 6th District congressional race between victor Karen Handel (R) and vanquished Jon Ossoff (D) is not that Handel came out the winner in what the dinosaur media repeatedly told us was "the most expensive congressional campaign in U.S. history".

Ossoff regularly attempted to deflect questions about whether he would back Pelosi in the House, saying he hadn't given it any thought.

Trump's approval rating in the sixth district is at the national average of 35 percent, which is to say exceptionally low for a Republican area.

In a Friday interview with, Ryan said the caucus would have to decide whether to hold another leadership election, but he would not be the one to challenge Pelosi. "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".

"She's easy to demonize".

Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo thinks the Democrats' agenda is the problem.

But the party raised $843,000 in the first quarter of 2017, less than the $1.1 million it raised in the same time period in 2013, the year after the last presidential election.

She dismissed the members who have said it is time for a change as "blatantly self-serving" and "having fun on TV". "We don't agonize. We organize".

"They're still running against her and still winning races, and it's still a problem", Ryan said.

"Their plan isn't working", he said of Democrats. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000.

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