House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, is not ready to give up her power, despite calls by some of her Democratic colleagues who say new leadership is needed following the recent losses in House special elections in Georgia and SC, where Republicans Karen Handel and Ralph Norman won, respectively.
A dozen Democrats, led by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), discussed whether the hope to retake the House of Representatives from the Republicans would be dashed if Pelosi was still leading their caucus. But his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, as well as a GOP-aligned super PAC and the House Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, spent millions on television ads and mailers latching Ossoff to Pelosi. 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.
And yet, earlier this week in the face of the Democratic party's special election losses, Pelosi remained outwardly optimistic.
By now Pelosi should have been pulled down from her perch as the Democrat's minority speaker of the House and replaced with someone who understands the political implications of Trump's win and how to deal with it. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party", he tweeted. To turn out the majorities they need, Democrats should be talking about their dramatic gains in strongly Republican districts as victories and their contentious debates as signs of a vibrant party.
While Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership in the past - the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader previous year - the party's successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership.
"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said. In response to Ossoff's completely undebatable suggestion that many working people have a hard time making ends meet, she said, "That's the difference between conservatives and liberals; I don't believe in a livable wage". Win there and they're on the road to taking over the House in 2018.
"We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation".
"I don't know if there is a solution in the short term", Ryan said.
"I'd like to keep her right where she is, because our record is extraordinary against her", Trump said in a Fox News interview. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party". The Iraq war veteran endorsed eight veterans running for the House this week, and started a new national security task force with other young veterans within the Democratic caucus.
"I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she said. "We're a family. We're going to have those discussions".
She dismissed the members who have said it is time for a change as "blatantly self-serving" and "having fun on TV". "I love the fray". I have enormous respect for her.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017.