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How Nancy Pelosi can win back the confidence of the Democrats who voted against her




House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaks to the media after winning the House Democratic leadership election on Capitol Hill, November 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaks to the media after winning the House Democratic leadership election on Capitol Hill, November 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Despite nationwide rancor within their party, House Democrats re-elected California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as minority leader yesterday in a 134 to 63 vote.

Her rival, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, fared better than previous challengers indicating Pelosi does not have the confidence of one-third of her colleagues. According to the Associated Press, Ryan and his backers claimed a victory in sending a message to Pelosi about the significant desire for change among House Democrats.  

"Somebody had to do something," said Ryan, a seven-term lawmaker who before now had been largely a back-bencher. "Our prospects have improved just because of this conversation."

Speaking to reporters after the vote, an apparently elated Pelosi said, "I have a special spring in my step today because this opportunity is a special one, to lead the House Democrats, bring everyone together as we go forward.

What do you want Pelosi to focus on in the coming months?

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests: 

John Nichols, National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation; he tweets @NicholsUprising

Michael Tomasky, Editor, "Democracy" - a quarterly journal focused on the progressive movement; Columnist, “The Daily Beast”; he tweets @mtomasky