Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.

"I thrive on competition", Pelosi said on Thursday, defying calls for her ouster from some members of her own party after Democratic candidates lost a hotly contested Congressional race in Georgia and another race in SC earlier in the week, the third and fourth such losses for Democrats in special elections to replace the appointees of President Donald Trump this year. "I am a master legislator".

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.

By now Pelosi should have been pulled down from her perch as the Democrat's minority speaker of the House and replaced with someone who understands the political implications of Trump's win and how to deal with it.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee funneled $5 million into Georgia's 6th District, where voters also selected a Republican on Tuesday in what became seen as a test for Republican strength in the nascent Trump administration. "I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special-election districts, it doesn't benefit our candidates to be tied to her".

To take control of the House in 2018, Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats. A group of her critics met today in New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice's office, though it was not clear what if anything would come of it.

"We can't keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place. I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion", she said.

Pelosi certainly has her problems - this is one of the few things Republicans and Democrats can agree on. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!"

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Pelosi laughed when asked about the tweet.

The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.

Following unsuccessful attempts in recent special elections in Montana and Kansas, the Democrats were hoping to slam the Republicans on Tuesday. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada. "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", said Ryan. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders".

But after what happened on Tuesday night in special congressional elections in Georgia and SC, I'm beginning to think the Democrats are never going to get exhausted of losing.

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully ran against Pelosi in November for the House leadership post, also attended Rice's meeting.

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. "They don't have Clinton or Obama, so this is what they do". The two candidates together had spent more money on this campaign than on any other House contest in USA history, over US$50 million.

In an interview with Politico, Rice was even more blunt: "There comes a time when every leader has to say, 'For the good of the order and for the betterment of the party, it's time for me to step aside.' And I wish that that would happen right now". "We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership".

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