Pelosi Claims Republicans Attacking Her Are Really Attacking San Francisco

The calls for Pelosi to vacate her top spot came after Tuesday's election loss in Georgia with Democrat Jon Ossoff being routed by Republican Karen Handel.

"I think I'm worth the trouble", Pelosi said at her weekly briefing with reporters on Thursday at the Capitol.

"I am a master legislator", she boasted.

If Pelosi is truly the "strategic, politically astute leader" she touts herself to be, she would know 2016 was a change election and voters in both parties continue to want real change.

"There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, 'I'm done".

"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, who supported Pelosi in her last leadership race, Politico reported.

Following Ossoff's loss, Democrats were quick to point out that the Georgia district was gerrymandered, that it had been in Republican hands since Newt Gingrich held the seat, and that Handle won a close race, while her Republican predecessor had won by a large margin. Remember when the Democrats proclaimed that Republicans would pay heavy prices in special elections for going after Obamacare?

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain. As it stands, many members of the Democratic caucus still see Pelosi as their defacto leader and until a suitable challenger arises, she'll remain just that. "Democrats haven't won there in 37 years", he said of the former speaker of the House.

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Kathleen Rice of NY, led a meeting of anti-Pelosi House Democrats. 'I feel very confident in the support I have in the caucus, ' Pelosi also said.

"Pelosi's entire leadership team is also coastal, and like her, linger on in their mid-70s". A quarter-century later, as The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted in a recent column, it's hard to find a center bloc in USA politics any more. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party", he tweeted.

Pelosi brushed off the tweet, contending that Trump hadn't actually written it himself because "it's a classic Republican line".

Indeed, it was nearly as if both candidates tried to deny that Mr. Trump existed - Mr. Ossoff because he needed GOP crossover votes to win, and Ms. Handel, because she wanted to shore up support from centrists. It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective.

But Pelosi taunted Rice and others urging her to step down, issuing what sounded like a warning on Thursday, saying, "when it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun". Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada. One of Trump's electoral strengths was that he is not Hillary Clinton, and Tuesday in Georgia the voters said they don't want a congressman who has been hanging out with Nancy Pelosi.

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership. Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.

Pelosi has led House Democrats for almost 15 years, at one point as House speaker and more recently as minority leader.

Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.

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