White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

"It still moves voters", Ryan said. Vela's comments come after he and several Democratic colleagues met privately Thursday afternoon to discuss ousting the house minority leader.

As President Donald Trump celebrated Republican victories in two special congressional elections on Wednesday, one man who advised presidents from both parties warned the results "should be a wake-up call for Democrats" that Trump could be on his way to re-election in 2020.

"Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan, but at the end of the day, I think probably raising expectations to win a seat like that was not a very good idea, because it was a tough race to begin with", Ryan said.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House. On one hand, Democrats are now 0-for-four in their attempts to turn a Republican seat in this year's special elections.

"We need leadership change, "New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice recently told CNN".

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she concluded.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi in front of Capitol on Thursday.

"I respect any opinion that my members have but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

Half of Democrats (49 percent) view Pelosi favorably, while 1 in 4 Democrats (26 percent) have an unfavorable view of her. "Well, I'm a master legislator".

Aboard Air Force One Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Handel's win was proof "the American people are resonating with the president's agenda" and want to see his it enacted.

However, Bauman - or, more accurately, the party establishment he represents - could be an impediment to winning even a few of those seemingly winnable seats.

"She's a great fundraiser, but if the money we're raising through her leadership is not helping us win elections, we have to have this hard conversation now", Rice said. "The fact is that when we need to redistrict our country so when we get the majority of the votes in the country, it is reflected as the majority of the votes in the congress". "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have".

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker". Democrats were most optimistic about their chances in Georgia, where the party and its allies spent close to $30 million to bolster 30-year-old newcomer Jon Ossoff. "I believe she is not the leader of the Democratic Party. You have to look at the upside", she said. "We gave them a run for their money". But we think the message is pretty clear. President Obama won two national elections handily while the Democratic Party was suffering a series of debilitating defeats that has left it in the worst shape it's been in almost a century.

Pelosi is frequently the subject of Republican attack ads, framing her as a coastal elite who is out of touch with middle America.

A successful Republican strategy in Tuesday's race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District included promoting a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message to drive out the conservative base.

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