Gergen: Special election victories show Trump could beat Dems in 2020

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Republicans, on the other hand, want Pelosi to keep her job.

Since 1990, she's raised more than $9.2 million for party candidates, including $739,000 in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks contributions from candidate committees and affiliated PACs.

At his watch party Tuesday night, both Democrat Jon Ossoff and his supporters spoke of a movement having "just begun". Fox News reported that a source close to the House Minority Leader said that the criticism of her does bother her because it's coming from all sides.

"I thrive on competition", Pelosi said on Thursday, defying calls for her ouster from some members of her own party after Democratic candidates lost a hotly contested Congressional race in Georgia and another race in SC earlier in the week, the third and fourth such losses for Democrats in special elections to replace the appointees of President Donald Trump this year.

My question is, "why is a private company who received over $500 million in taxpayer funds over the previous year, a company who has been investigated for over $8 million in possible fraud in at least nine states, a company that has opposed legislation that would protect infants born alive after failed abortions - allowed to spend money from unreported contributors in a Congressional race?" The CBC includes roughly 40 House Democrats, many in senior leadership and committee positions, including Pelosi allies. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi a year ago, at $592,500. Special elections like the one held this week in Georgia "are most likely to bring out "core voters" who tend to vote regularly and are less likely to be affected by changes in the cost of voting, such as those imposed by bad weather", he says.

Instead, he said Democrats need to focus on developing a message that wins over voters in Republican-leaning districts.

A top aide to Pelosi dismissed the blaming, saying that Pelosi still enjoys broad support among the conference and that any party leader would be subject to partisan attacks.

But it's her fundraising skills that are regarded as a key political asset. "She fits the stereotype of exactly what swing voters can't stand about the Democratic Party".

This special election was the most expensive in the history of the U.S. House. But fairly or not, many independents and supposedly persuadable Republicans - particularly in the heartland between the two cosmopolitan coasts - have come to view her as a rich San Francisco liberal and consummate Washington insider, the kind of entrenched business-as-usual Democrat who can't relate to the average Joe. "But she certainly is one of the reasons". "I think our leadership owes us an explanation for what's gone on in these four elections, but also a plan for moving forward".

Valley Congressman Tim Ryan, who tried to unseat Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader earlier this year, said the results show the Democratic message is the problem. They argue that Democratic candidates will have a better shot on Election Day if they're not tied to Pelosi. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000.

That's because they think she helps them win elections.

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said on MSNBC.

"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership". She's been there a long time and seen a lot.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who also attended the meeting, said, "in every corner of our caucus, we're concerned". But Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats for a House majority, and in good years, parties usually gain only half the seats they seriously target.

Yet neither Ossoff's campaign nor the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attempted to tie Republican victor Karen Handel to Trump in a television ad even once. Her supporters aggressively linked Ossoff to Pelosi and "San Francisco values", even ticking off Muni with an ad featuring a digitally altered cable vehicle.

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously.

"It's a tactic. And it's self-evident", Pelosi said. "I don't think that people working inside the bubble have any grasp of how irrelevant the catty, cable news catfights look to the outside world".

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