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Defiant Nancy Pelosi says she’s not going anywhere

According to Politico, Democrats met to discuss the future of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after the disastrous elections many hoped would demonstrate President Donald Trump’s weaknesses, but did the opposite instead.Although the race was widely viewed as a referendum on President Donald Trump, he was rarely discussed by either candidate, and House Democrats were rattled that the attack ads casting the 77-year-old Pelosi as a San Francisco liberal proved so potent.Republicans can also now breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge that they can still win in the kind of affluent, educated districts that often favor Democrats – even with a president who has divided voters in their own party.Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Cunningham from SC tweeted a campaign promise that he wouldn’t vote for Pelosi to lead the Democrats in the House.He said the Democratic Party, however, isn’t self-aware enough to realize that they’ll always have an uphill battle if she’s the face of the party.Kathleen Rice, one of a small group who has gone public with the message that Pelosi should go, hosted a dozen Democrats in her office Thursday for an hour-long strategy session. The two have repeatedly sparred, with Schumer most recently releasing a video parodying the president’s praise-filled cabinet meeting.Amid the backlash against Pelosi, Trump went on Twitter to mockingly signal his support for the California Democrat. “We are the party that stands up for working families and the middle class, yet many of them are not voting for us”. If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.”If we keep taking the margins down by 20 points like we have done, we’re going to take 50 seats”, Perez said.Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that invested millions in the race, argued in a memo to lawmakers, “Despite the loss, we have a lot to be proud of” and “we have a unique opportunity to flip control of the House of Representatives in 2018″.After briefly addressing the health care bill unveiled Tuesday by Senate Republicans, Pelosi spent the bulk of her weekly news conference playing down the special-election losses, defending her leadership and lashing out at a cadre of “blatantly self-serving” internal critics inside the House Democratic Caucus.”They tried it once and it worked”, Rice said. The bottom line is the Democrats lost another winnable race and Pelosi was a factor, fair or not.Ryan challenged Pelosi last fall for the top leadership position, but lost that internal election, receiving only 63 votes from the 194 members.”When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun”, Pelosi said. “This is about being able to take the Democratic party in a direction that is actually going to help us win seats and get back into the majority”.This year, of the five vacancies left by Trump’s appointees, four special elections have been held and all have been reclaimed by Republicans.The “again” is a reference to the fact Democrats just can’t score a win lately. “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”.