House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday boasted about her qualifications to lead the House Democratic Caucus after members spent the week questioning whether she should remain as the face of the party, by calling herself a "master negotiator" and saying that whatever trouble she might be causing, "I'm worth the trouble."
The California Democrat was asked several questions about her leadership after Democratic complaints about another special election loss, this time in Georgia's 6th congressional district, and why she deserves to lead the party.
"So you want me to sing my praises? Is that what you're saying?" Pelosi asked. "I'm a master legislator. I am a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country and that's why I am able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections, sad to say."
"I have experience in winning the Congress," Pelosi said, pointing to her 2006 midterm victories.
Pelosi repeatedly name-checked the likes of former House Speaker Tip O'Neil and recently-retired Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as "effective" faces of the party who Republicans ran against in past elections, and lumped herself into the mix despite massive party losses in 2010 and 2014, culminating in President Trump's victory in 2016.
"The fact is [Republicans] will always make a target ... They will always want to choose our leaders, and usually they go after the most effective because they want to... diminish the opportunity that we have," Pelosi said.
"They've spent over $100 million demonizing me over in the 2010 elections and all the rest. I believe one of the reasons they did it is because I'm an effective leader," she said. "Whoever the leader is is going to be their target if the leader is effective."
Long known as a top fundraiser for the party, multiple House Democrats came out following Ossoff's loss to pan Pelosi as party leader and called for fresh faces to come to the forefront.
"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership. It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party," said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a vocal critic of House Democratic leadership.
Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, said that one would "have to be an idiot" to think they could take back the House with Pelosi at the helm despite having supported the San Francisco Democrat over Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, for the leadership post late last year.
Pelosi though said that despite the barrage of negative ads from Republicans and the continued questions emanating from Democrats, she should retain her post.
"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly," she added.