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Dozen frustrated Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

A defiant Nancy Pelosi made it clear she’s not going anywhere, brushing off critics from her own party saying “I think I’m worth the trouble”.”I feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus”, she said.They argued that the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff’s loss in the Republican held House seat in the Atlanta suburbs was further evidence that the party needed both a new message and messenger.Republicans expertly connected Ossoff to Pelosi, a poison pill for some voters, prompting calls for a leadership change.As long as the Democrats want to keep her at the top, I say to them, “Go for it”.Instead, Pelosi had to spend time defending her continued leadership of the Democratic caucus. “I love the fray”.”The Democrats actually are competitive when they talk about Medicare, college tuition, wages”, Watters said.Democrats, you lost. I really don’t know what to say after this week’s double-defeat in Georgia and SC.”Well, I am a master legislator”.”I think that she’s a tremendous leader of our caucus, with the kind of strategic talent and experience that we really need to succeed in the minority and particularly when we don’t control the House or Senate”, said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I’m able to attract the [financial] support that I do, which is essential to our elections, sad to say.She says Democrats “gave them a run for their money in all of them”.The frustrated Democrats met in Rice’s office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes.Had the Democrats won, it would have been a “major blow” to President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, and could have hindered the progress of the controversial Republican healthcare bill and other legislation. “‘That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin” Chuck stay!”I mean, we have all the ads done.Pelosi’s potential successors have included former Rep. Rahm Emanuel – but he left the House to become Obama’s chief of staff and later to run for mayor of Chicago. “And we better focus”, Ryan said. At least a decade’. “But her time has come and gone”, Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Thursday on MSNBC.”So”, she said, “we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership”.In the end, the Republican victor, Karen Handel, 55, took 52% of the vote.House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that’s always been firmly in GOP hands.Rice also bemoaned the treatment Pelosi received from Republicans, but that didn’t stop her from maintaining the former House speaker should be ousted.Someone comically wrote that “Snowflakes are crying their Ossoff in their parents’ basements'” after the results of the election determined that Ossoff lost. Rice said. “No. That’s not fair”. ‘Nor is it accurate.The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up. ‘I personally think that time is now’. That’s what CNN’s Chris Cillizza drove home to the beleaguered cohorts of the Democratic Party.