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Defiant Pelosi Says She’s Staying: ‘I Think I’m Worth The Trouble’

Trump’s tweet came amid criticism from some Democrats that Pelosi is becoming a drag on the party.Expressing a similar view was Rep. Kathleen Rice, who argued that Pelosi should step aside.”It’s time for change, and personally I think it’s time for a new generation of leadership in the party”, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Salem) told reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday, though he stopped short of explicitly calling for Pelosi’s ouster.’Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone, ‘ the New York Democrat said.She also dismissed the notion that the Republicans’ longtime tactic to hold her up as a partisan lightening rod drags down public opinion about fellow congressional Democrats and candidates. Ossoff, he said, could have run much more forcefully against the House Republican health care bill, particularly its unpopular provisions that would undercut protections for those with pre-existing conditions.The fight for the Senate seat, deep in the heart of conservative country is a setback for Democrats who were hoping to make this election a referendum on the Donald Trump presidency, which is widely unpopular.”I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front”, Rogers said Wednesday.”I respect the comments of some in our Caucus but right now we must be unified in order to defeat Trumpcare”, the minority leader said in a written statement to CNN.”I am proud of the unity that we have had and, frankly, my leadership in terms of keeping everybody together”, Pelosi said Thursday. ‘Nor is it accurate. They worked perfectly in Georgia. We have to address that reality’. Democrats need a lot more candidates with resumes like hers if they want to win, and close losses in these special elections might lead them to conclude they should stick with their safe seats in state or local government rather than take a risk in 2018. ‘I personally think that time is now’.Republicans “want to go after the most effective leaders”, the San Francisco Democrat said at a news conference Thursday morning.”The brand is just bad”, the OH lawmaker told CNN’s Don Lemon Wednesday.”Clearly, these ads using her, linking her to our candidates is still working”.’I mean, I wish it wasn’t true, ‘ he added.Despite the backlash from some Democrats, Pelosi still has a strong base of support within the party. “The honest answer is in some areas of the country – yes, she is”, Ryan said.Pelosi herself erupted about the GOP ads last week, after Republicans accused Democrats of overly harsh rhetoric in the wake of the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia. Karen Handel beat him 52 percent to 48 percent, a few points better than Donald Trump did in the same district. That’s why Nancy Pelosi and her allies are pouring millions into his campaign.And the losses may help the party clarify its message, which is lost somewhere between the liberal leanings of Bernie Sanders and the cautious middle-of-the-roaders like Ossoff.