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. 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.
Democrats and Republicans largely agree that the contest for this seat won't be anywhere near as intense as it had been over the past few months, when it was touted as the most competitive race in the country, attracting national media attention and spending. "The House remains in play now".
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". "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".
But it's also clear that many Democrats in the House, if not the large majority, don't see it that way.
Slate notes that, "Republicans will still call Democrats out-of-touch limousine liberals with San Francisco values even if Nancy Pelosi is not in charge". That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!
Still, Ossoff's loss may force Democrats to retool their strategy as they look ahead to next year's midterm elections, when all of the seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be up for grabs. "And I wish him and his fiancee Alisha Kramer all the best in the new life that they are going to be starting".
Democrats supportive of Pelosi have long argued that even if she stepped aside, Republicans would demonize any new leader the party elevated. "It's time for some change".
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Nancy Pelosi is sending a defiant message to House Democrats who are grumbling about her leadership: Come at me. Democrats have to pick up 24 House seats to get back into power.
But Pelosi taunted Rice and others urging her to step down, issuing what sounded like a warning on Thursday, saying, "when it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun".
That's because they think she helps them win elections.
House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands.
Trump's election as president had papered over the intraparty disputes and generational divides among House Democrats, as lawmakers joined in opposing the White House and trying to channel the energy of their party's liberal base. "We've seen her run circles around (former House Speaker) John Boehner and get things done that nobody thought Democrats could do in the minority". Millions were spent in Georgia with ads linking Pelosi to Jon Ossoff, who lost to Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday.
$50 million, the most expensive in history. Democrats would be wise to think twice before driving her out prematurely, and give in so easily to a tide of sexist hatred.
"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota.
"We will carry those key lessons forward in order to compete in districts as Republican-leaning as Georgia, and in the dozens of districts on our battlefield that are much more competitive,"Luján said". And running simply on an anti-Trump message - like Clinton tried and failed a year ago - wouldn't work for Democrats in 2018 either, no matter how mired in scandal and controversy over Russian Federation the White House may be.