Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority leader, is feeling optimistic about this year's midterm elections for her party.
She said on Tuesday, "We will win. I will run for Speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too."
Shrugging off the possibility of her being challenged in her leadership role, Pelosi stressed the significance of her being the only woman who holds a top position in the House of Representatives, Senate and the White House, saying: "It's important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense. I have no intention of walking away from that table."
But Pelosi's negative public perception is even causing members of her own party to shy away from her, with Democratic candidate Conor Lamb paying for his own ads earlier this year in his Pennsylvania race saying that he "already said on the front page of the newspaper that I don't support Nancy Pelosi." Lamb won the seat in a Republican-leaning district.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Matt Gorman said of Pelosi, "She is the most unpopular politician in every single competitive district in the country." It's worth noting that Speaker Paul Ryan's approval rating was only three points higher than Pelosi's in a March NBC poll.
Regardless, Pelosi is a fundraising powerhouse, pulling in over $16 million in the first quarter of this year, compared to Ryan's $11 million. She's served as leader of the House Democrats since 2003, and is seen by some as unbeatable.
One unnamed Pelosi ally was quoted by The Hill as saying, "The problem that Pelosi complainers have is that no one can beat her. And that continues to be the case. Who's going to beat Nancy Pelosi? There's no one that can. So she'll win in the Caucus, and then she'll win on the floor."
It's still too early to speculate though, as Democrats need to turn 23 seats blue in order to win back the House. As many on the left have hoped their voters will show up to turn the tides, an opinion piece in The Hill said on Monday that the Democrats are "dreaming" if they expect a blue wave in the upcoming mid-terms this year.