Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

While Karen Handel's election to Congress on Tuesday night cheered Republicans, Democrats should be encouraged by their performance in the Georgia special election and in their performance in the other four House contests this year, according to a new analysis. This will be a long fight.

In the end Handel beat Ossoff by a 52-48 margin, a close-enough result but short of the win predicted by pollsters. It was a personal and party success achieved despite him. So the Democrats could see the recent special election losses as proof that they are on the road to victory. You can measure their disappointment by imagining the triumphalism we'd be hearing had Ossoff prevailed.

"It's not that people were like, 'Oh, this bad tragedy happened to Republicans".

They ached for this seat.

Pelosi isn't in danger of losing the leadership perch she's long held, though she did fend off her toughest challenge ever last fall from Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who argued the party needed someone who better understood the rural, working-class voters that were critical to President Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton previous year. "We're going to rally around Republicans, '" (Trafalgar Group's Robert) Cahaly said.

And with such pressure from both parties to get their supporters to vote, any enthusiasm edge from Democrats was well and truly negated.

The result no doubt comes as relief for Republicans who had grown concerned about whether their party, buffeted by the scandals that have plagued the Republican president, could hold the seat in Georgia's sixth district that became the most expensive congressional race in United States history.

The comments come as the executive director of Trump's campaign confirmed to CNN that Trump will host his first re-election campaign fundraising event next Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

Still, Ossoff's loss may force Democrats to retool their strategy as they look ahead to next year's midterm elections, when all of the seats in House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be up for grabs. The moral for GOP strategists: They face real threats in less hospitable territory.

That seems to have been what happened in the Sixth District the moment Democrats chose to turn the race into a referendum on Trump. "I am a Democrat".

Notice those words: "relentlessly localized".

Handel insisted for months that voters' choice had little to do with Trump. Ayres put the matter diplomatically: "The president structured the broader environment but didn't determine the outcome of this particular race". Trump carried the district in November by just two points. The election was to replace Tom Price, who became Trump's secretary of health and human services.

However, Fallon did see a lost opportunity. The Cook Political Report says that 72 House races are in swing districts.

The excuses ran the gamut, touching on everything from Ossoff's residency (he didn't live in the 6 District), his milquetoast personality, his lack of experience, his links to Nancy Pelosi, the weather, Russian Federation and, laughably, gerrymandering.

Ossoff's defeat may be demoralising for the Democrats, but it's important to remember that the Republican win came only after an "extraordinary financial intervention by conservative groups and the party's leading figures (Handel's $5m fund was topped up by at least $17m)", says Kevin Liles in the same paper.

"Clearly, we're coming off an election, and she's been getting pounded now for 10 years with negative ads from the Republicans".

Everybody uses special elections to ratify whatever they thought before a single vote was counted.

We get it. Silicon Valley billionaires and Hollywood millionaires and their various coteries love Democrats and hate Trump. The voters suspected that Ossoff was really a "wolf in sheep's clothing;" he was cut out of the same cloth as the rejected national Democrats.

The "Dump Pelosi" movement shines a light on some of the unloveliest instincts of some Democrats: self-loathing, scapegoating and a desire for quick fixes, rather than hard work. Sure. Does this mean that Trump and the GOP are out of the woods?

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