Amid continued election losses for the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has come under fire by many on the left who say that she is part of the problem with the Democratic Party and why it keeps losing elections.
After losing the White House to Republicans and Donald Trump last year, Democrats have continued to suffer losses in special elections in 2017.
In April, Ron Estes (R) defeated Jim Thompson (D) in a special election to fill Kansas' fourth congressional district, which was vacated by Mike Pompeo, who now serves as the director of the CIA. And in May, Greg Gianforte (R) defeated Rob Quist (D) to fill Montana's at-large congressional district that was vacated bych Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
And just this week, two more Democrats lost special elections in South Carolina and Georgia. Democrats claimed "moral victories," but Republicans were the party celebrating actual victories.
To put it lightly, the losses Democrats have faced since the 2010 midterms have been staggering. Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. They also control a majority of state legislators and governorships. It's only natural for Democrats, then, to question its party leaders over the continued losses.
So when Pelosi was confronted Thursday over whether or not her leadership has contributed to the losses, Pelosi unequivocally defeated herself, claiming she's become a "target" for being a "master legislator.
According to Breitbart, Pelosi said:
We believe there’s a real opportunity. Now, it’s not a slam dunk. History is on our side, but it takes strategic, unified and disciplined — to have harmony. It doesn’t mean we have anonymity, but we have unity when it comes to that fight. Should I sing my praises? Well, I am a master legislator. I am a strategic politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do which is essential to our election, sad to say.
It's clear that Pelosi wants to keep her position as a leader in the Democratic Party. And while many young progressives on the left may not like that, Sen. Ted Cruz made it clear Saturday that he would be OK with Pelosi's tenure as a Democratic leader continuing.
"Absolutely right. Dems should keep Pelosi as their Leader...forever," Cruz wrote on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
Absolutely right. Dems should keep Pelosi as their Leader...forever. https://t.co/eEMxdGYZmA— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1498320601.0
Cruz' tweet, an obvious quip, implies that as a Republican he wants Pelosi to be in a Democratic leadership position given the massive losses Democrats have suffered under her leadership.
And Cruz may get his wish. Pelosi, 77, is expected to run for re-election in 2018. Her district covers the majority of San Francisco and is heavily Democratic.