Pelosi Sings Her Own Praises As Questions Mount About Leadership

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., launched into an aggressive defense of her performance in the job Thursday as pressure grows from within her party to explain a string of special election losses and map out a strategy for the future—a future that some say should not include her.

“I feel very confident in the support that I have in my caucus,” Pelosi said at her weekly Capitol Hill press conference.

The 77-year-old has represented San Francisco in Congress for 30 years, and she has served as either minority leader or speaker since 2003. In that time, she has come to represent pretty much everything Republicans hate.

According to Republican strategist Ford O’Connell, Pelosi provides the GOP with an effective coastal elite bogeywoman now that Hillary Clinton is off the stage.

“Most Republicans are rooting for Pelosi’s political survival…. We’d be a fool to jump in front of a runaway train when it’s benefiting us,” he said.

“Trump is not as toxic to the rest of the country as Nancy Pelosi and ‘San Francisco values,’” O’Connell said.

O’Connell conceded that Pelosi is a prolific fundraiser, but he warned money and hatred of Trump will not be enough for Democrats to retake the House in 2018.

“They have the money,” he said. “What they don’t have is the message to mobilize people.”

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