Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi

"But her time has come and gone", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Thursday on MSNBC.

And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. "I don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country".

Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton of MA shared the same sentiment, stating "it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership".

To the editor: As disappointed as I am in the defeat of Ossoff in Georgia, what really upsets me is the amount of money spent by both parties on an election for a House seat. Shortly after the end of an interview about a separate topic Thursday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said she had one more thing she wanted to add.

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. Twice. In Georgia and SC.

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.

It's understandable: Republican ads in Georgia painted the Democrat, Jon Ossoff, as sure to be a Pelosi pawn - a charge that has scored for the GOP in race after race over the last decade.

Pelosi insisted that the current leadership structure already gives opportunities to younger members, telling reporters, "I have always featured the young 30-somethings. and they are so impressive".

"There are about a handful of people who are now seriously considering it", Rice said.

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Having Pelosi as the face of the party "makes it a heck of a lot harder" to win House seats, said Rep. Tim Ryan, the Ohio Democrat who challenged Pelosi for the House minority leader post after the 2016 election. "Time for a new coalition". Democrats need to net 24 seats to win back the House. We need a vision - where are we going? His message focused on business development, fighting corruption, and ending partisan gridlock in Washington.

"Leadership change" won't matter one bit, if the next leader is still pushing for the same, screwy, goals.

Pelosi reportedly loves the idea of single-payer health care, but she still discounted Bernie Sanders' mention of it during his bid for the presidency.

All Ossoff had going for him was a bunch of exaggerated national press from reporters outside the district, a bunch of endorsements from Hollywood types outside the district, a bunch of eager volunteers flooding into GA-6 from outside the district, and above all else, a giant pile of money raised from people outside the district-Ossoff donors from California outnumbered donors from Georgia by nearly ten to one. "It's like the gift that keeps on giving", Rice said. "Since [Newt] Gingrich, the politics of personal destruction has been a GOP hallmark. It goes with the job".

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, a former Obama cabinet secretary, confirmed as much when he said there's no place for pro-life voters, many of whom are Catholics - a traditional Democratic voting block, in the party's tent.

BENNETT: Democrats see 70 House seats that could be easier to flip than that Georgia district.

Perez says he was "disappointed" by that election, but suggested it was to be expected.

In a speech on the Senate floor, NY Senator Chuck Schumer agreed with Pelosi's assessment and argued the Senate bill may be even more "heartless" than the House bill. Lujan distributed a memo to members that declared "the House is in play" and ticked through polling and recent trends.


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