Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Posted June 24, 2017

"And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future".

Pelosi, in a press conference Thursday, defended her leadership during the special election saying that she is "very confident" in the support of her caucus and said that while she respects the opinions of the members of her party, she won't be stepping down. Alleged wunderkind Jon Ossoff was on the ballot, not Pelosi.

Pelosi also has a long history of holding her party together through hard votes - enabling former President Barack Obama to shepherd into law a series of Democratic-backed measures in 2009 and 2010 and later forcing Republicans to grapple with the politically damaging divisions within their own ranks.

Yes, she's a great fundraiser and legislative tactician.

While Democrats' heads were on the verge of exploding with anger and disappointment Wednesday morning, Republicans were breathing a sigh of relief. It would deprive millions of insurance they got under Obamacare and could make insurance unaffordable or unattainable for those with previous health problems.

"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", Pelosi said.

Handel painted Ossoff, a bland moderate, as a potential tool of Pelosi. Ossoff, she said, seemed too bland and lacked adequate experience.

Asked if Pelosi should remain the top House Democratic leader in the next Congress, her number two, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, told reporters "I understand that she is intending to stay" and added "I don't think anybody is going to impeach her". But the Pelosi attacks on the House side have been consistent for years.

"It works only 100 percent of the time", said Todd, the GOP ad-maker. "It should be a wake-up call for Democrats".

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

That followed another recent Democratic disappointment in Montana, where the Republican candidate won even after last-minute assault charges, and an earlier loss for the Democrats in Kansas.

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously. Moulton supported Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan in his failed bid for Democratic leader. He was backed by "a lot of liberal money from the Democrats and Pelosi", said another from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Radical feminist author Jill Filipovic resorted to the standard progressive response by calling Republican GA-6 voters hateful bigots in a series of tweets after the election was called for Handel.

On "The Fox News Specialists", Eric Bolling echoed the president's sentiments, pointing out that Democrats have lost more than 60 House seats with Pelosi as House speaker and then minority leader. That's true - up to a point.

But Republicans don't see a need for that now with the wind at their backs again.

Hoyer said about the 2018 midterms, "I think we can win back the House, I really believe that". As I seem to recall, it worked for Bernie Sanders. If you refuse to change, and keep repeating the same losing pattern, you're flirting with the definition of insanity. He was the veep candidate on Ross Perot's independent ticket in 1992.

Just by lending your expertise and gravitas, you may be able to imaginatively (and substantively) inspire your leader-lite party to fight for working people who are about to be shafted by the GOP plan.

While Democrats have been touting high-quality recruitment for the midterms - pointing to a surge in veterans interested in or actually running for office - the candidates in the special elections were found to be lacking.