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Democrats struggle for right strategy after special election losses

President Donald Trump says Republicans benefit as long as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains in power.Asked if that meant Pelosi should go, Moulton – who backed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan’s challenge to Pelosi’s leadership post past year – said: “I think that’s a question for the caucus to decide”. “If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker”. I have enormous respect for her.Celebrity songstress Cher jumped into the fray, and in answer to Moulton’s tweets observed that it’s time to bring in new blood.Tim Ryan calls Democrat’s brand “Toxic”.”And what they hoped by making it a referendum on Trump was by saying Trump is bad, Trump is terrible, that would be enough to win and they didn’t”, said Schultz.”I don’t think this is [about] one person”, Dingell said, adding that Democrats need to figure out how to come together as a party and craft a winning message before the 2018 midterms.Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. That’s why Nancy Pelosi and her allies are pouring millions into his campaign. “That still moves the needle”, said Ryan. Trump said, referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.”I think that our leadership owes us an explanation of what happened, how resources were spent but also a plan going forward, and that’s got to be a part of the discussion”, he said.This is not coming from a Republican foe, but a Democratic colleague. The bottom line is the Democrats lost another winnable race and Pelosi was a factor, fair or not. Some of the Democrats are voicing their opinion today that they believe Nancy Pelosi is standing in the way of that happening.Moulton said the recent election results necessitated a conversation among Democrats about shaking things up.But Pelosi continues to command great loyalty from many in the House, and she insisted her position was not in jeopardy.”I’m worth the trouble, quite frankly”, snapped back Pelosi to her critics.”I don’t think that any party should allow the opposite party to choose their leaders”, she said.”History is on our side”, she said, noting that presidents nearly always lose House seats in their first midterm election.The Congressional Leadership fund raised $6.2 million alone for Handel – about a third of the $18 million Handel’s campaign raised from outside political groups.On that point, Ryan agreed that the Democrats need to focus less on President Donald Trump and more on economic issues.Pelosi’s leadership seat is likely safe for now, but if Democrats fail to win back the House in 2018, she will also fail to remain caucus leader.