In one corner is TPM's venerable Josh Marshall, who writes that over-performance by Democrats in this year's special elections signals that Democrats are positioned to take the House next year. "The end result being the Republican base outperforming an energized Democratic Party voter turnout campaign". Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.
A handful of House Democrats - from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who Pelosi beat for re-election to her leadership post late past year - have raised fears that their party may not be able to win back the House with Pelosi leading the caucus. As the daughter of a Muslim Palestinian immigrant father and a Jewish-American mother, she cast herself as a candidate informed by her age and background and focused on grass-roots support. Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for party leader back in November. In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader".
While Rice acknowledged the credit Pelosi has been given by her colleagues for being a great fundraiser, Rice noted that the money hasn't helped Democrats win elections.
According to Politico, the movement is spearheaded by three lawmakers: Reps.
Expressing a similar view was Rep. Kathleen Rice, who argued that Pelosi should step aside.
"They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said Thursday.
'I do not believe she is an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal, ' Rice replied. We have to address that reality'. Instead, Pelosi had to spend time defending her continued leadership of the Democratic caucus.
But it's her fundraising skills that are regarded as a key political asset.
Pelosi made history becoming the first and only woman to serve two terms has Speaker of the House. She's picking up the slack for the incompetent center-right support system. A defiant Pelosi said she's "worth the trouble".
"It was a reach then and I think it will still be a reach in 2018", said one Democratic operative following the race. Democrats may say the race should not have been that close, but the reality is spending that much money to drive out 100 percent of Democrats plus some anti-Trump Republicans cost them $30 million they now can not spend elsewhere.
And Rep. Tim Ryan criticized Pelosi along with his party's brand and its outreach to voters. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000. In addition to the loss in Georgia, Democratic candidates have now gone down in flames in races in Iowa, South Carolina, Montana and Kansas, bitter pills for the party that's out of power to swallow.
It's come to this: For leadership that doesn't repel a majority of Americans, Democrats need to recruit someone who doesn't represent the truth about their party.
The solution to these problems, Ryan maintains, lies in changing leadership and widening the party's appeal.
Team Pelosi doesn't think there are enough detractors to eject her.
"It's a tactic. And it's self-evident", Pelosi said.style="text-align: center;"