Trump and Republicans don’t want Nancy Pelosi to go – CNN

That’s because they think she helps them win elections. And they’ve been winning a lot.

“I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck (Schumer) stay!” Trump tweeted Thursday morning as some Democrats call for their House minority leader’s ouster after Tuesday’s special election loss in Georgia.

The Georgia contest was the most expensive House race in history, and the GOP dusted off the same playbook it has used effectively since the Republican wave of 2010: Hammering Democratic candidates with a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message that drives out the conservative base.

Democrat Jon Ossoff never found an answer for the attacks — and Republican Karen Handel won Tuesday night by 4 percentage points.

“Say ‘no’ to Pelosi’s ‘yes’ man,” blared one ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC. He was backed by “a lot of liberal money from the Democrats and Pelosi,” said another from the National Republican Congressional Committee. A Handel ad portrayed Ossoff — who ran on a decidedly moderate message — as a San Francisco-style liberal aligned with “Nancy Pelosi and outsiders who just don’t share our priorities.”

Why the relentless focus on the Democratic congresswoman from San Francisco?

It was at the heart of their strategy to turn out reliably Republican voters who might be queasy with Trump’s first five months in office, but did not want to see Pelosi and national Democrats celebrate a marquee victory in their own backyard.

Pelosi “consistently polls very unfavorably,” said John Rogers, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee — the House GOP’s campaign arm.

“I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front,” Rogers said Wednesday.

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