Nancy Pelosi is beside the point

Rep. Filemon Vela (D., Texas) said Thursday on Fox News that for Democrats to reclaim the House in 2018, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) must go.”I don’t know if there is a solution in the short term”, Ryan said.Pelosi’s comments came directly following a secret afternoon meeting of a dozen Democratic lawmakers, discussing how they could potentially replace Pelosi as the party’s leader in the House ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.President Donald Trump said he hopes House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi does not step down from her post.The loss also renewed the focus on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonized by the GOP side in the Georgia race.Democrats came close but still lost in special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC.Just hours before the news conference, moderate Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY reiterated her call that it was time for Pelosi to step aside.”They are very lucky that our people don’t protest”, the president said to cheers from the crowd.Handel’s swearing in comes less than a week after her wider-than-expected victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in a nationally-watched special election that was viewed as a referendum on President Donald Trump. The overall messaging of the Democratic Party – more anti-Trump than pro-solutions – is also being criticized. “And you can’t get away from the fact that in Georgia this was seen as a test of whether the resistance by Democrats was going to overpower the Republicans or whether the Trump vote would hold”.The outcomes in Georgia and SC also could boost Republican efforts to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year’s presidential election. Ossoff weathered a barrage of TV ads tying him to Pelosi, and featuring caricatures from Pelosi’s San Francisco district.Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again. And we need a message-how are we going to get there?Before the voting began, the New York Times described the race as “possibly the most consequential special election since Watergate”.Phillips, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, wrote earlier this week on Democracy in Color’s website that “every dollar” Ossoff “spent wooing Republicans is money flushed down the drain”.Ryan described Ossoff as a “great” candidate who simply “couldn’t carry the national baggage of the Democratic Party”, The Hill reported. “So, we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership”.Some, including Ossoff himself, characterized this election a chance for voters to indicate whether they truly approve or disapprove of the Trump presidency, saying that the election could “send a message that will be heard across the country and around the world”.