The subtext wasn't a subtext at all because Pelosi wanted to send a direct message to her detractors: any junior member of the House Democratic Caucus who wants to go on TV and keep arguing for her removal as leader is welcome to do so. Absolutely. But there's nothing to justify the complete and utter demonization of her. Pelosi is widely regarded as a strong legislative strategist, a smart, savvy leader.
"I had a member of Congress grab me tonight and say, 'Please tell me you're not going to get rid of Nancy Pelosi, please tell me she's not going to retire because that's who I run against, '" Ryan told CNN's Don Lemon this week.
Last year, Rice backed a leadership challenge from Ohio Democratic congressman Tim Ryan, who ran against Pelosi for minority leader but was defeated by a vote of 134-63.
Again, this isn't going to really happen, but it does show that there are more than a few Democrats who know what the problem is, know that their party has moved so far to the left on cultural issues that they can't connect with moderate suburban voters, and this crew could be the ones who either lead or show the way for Democrats out of this political funk. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the [financial] support that I do, which is essential to our elections".
A defiant Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she was "very confident" about the support that she had from fellow Democrats who now number 193.
And yet, earlier this week in the face of the Democratic party's special election losses, Pelosi remained outwardly optimistic. It comes at a cost: Pelosi is Republicans' biggest fundraising star, too. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" Another rising House Democrat, former California Rep. Xavier Becerra, departed the House in late 2016 to accept an appointment as California's attorney general. In her comments, Pelosi was keen to underline that in 2006, she secured a Democratic majority in the House for the first time in over a decade. Among those: Adding No. 2 roles to be filled by newer members on every House standing committee and adding six regional vice chairs to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Pelosi is undeniably problematic, but nonetheless, Democrats should take a step back and give her situation as an (unsurprisingly) detested woman in a position of power some more thought before driving her out, prematurely.
"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Filemon Vela, a Texas Democrat who supported Pelosi when she ran for the leadership past year.
"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership".
"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said.