Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

"As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus", Vela said, "Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters - those Republican voters who might go our way - not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi". It was a personal and party success achieved despite him.

Each gave telling answers, which are representative of the reaction of Democrats to Ossoff's loss. You can measure their disappointment by imagining the triumphalism we'd be hearing had Ossoff prevailed.

The president called Democrats "obstructionists", saying he thought they would do better at the polls if they worked with the GOP.

Following Ossoff's loss, Democrats were quick to point out that the Georgia district was gerrymandered, that it had been in Republican hands since Newt Gingrich held the seat, and that Handle won a close race, while her Republican predecessor had won by a large margin. She is a great leader. Her recent comments that abortion is a "fading issue" that Democratic lawmakers shouldn't be expected to support was concerning for progressives - if Democratic leadership is willing to look the other way on women's rights, then what next? Sherrod Brown and Ryan in their search for more pragmatic leadership. A quarter-century later, as The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted in a recent column, it's hard to find a center bloc in USA politics any more.

In races without the national focus and Fort Knox-level spending, energized anti-Trump voters appeared to turn out at far higher rates than dispirited Republicans.

Meanwhile, Archie Parnell did much better in SC, making it a close race in his loss to Ralph Norman in the Fifth District.

It is pretentious to say they will never support Democrats because they are Republicans. And the ads fed into a boon for Karen Handel that has already been forgotten.

Notice those words: "relentlessly localized".

The congressional district was supposedly one, where Democrats could capitalize on "reluctant Trump voters". Observers saw the Georgia race as a hammer on the controversial president.

Ossoff lost to Handel by four percentage points.

However, Fallon did see a lost opportunity. It could hurt local efforts to recruit candidates to take on U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, and U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, an Okeechobee Republican whose district includes Southern Sarasota County.

In the run-up to the Georgia election, an attack ad painted Ossoff as a candidate with San Francisco interests.

"I thrive on competition", Pelosi said on Thursday, defying calls for her ouster from some members of her own party after Democratic candidates lost a hotly contested Congressional race in Georgia and another race in SC earlier in the week, the third and fourth such losses for Democrats in special elections to replace the appointees of President Donald Trump this year. The 30-year legislator from California is ready to fight members of her caucus who say it's time for her to step aside as the top House Democrat after 14 years at the helm.

And yet, earlier this week in the face of the Democratic party's special election losses, Pelosi remained outwardly optimistic. Do Democrats need a compelling economic message? Yes. And yet, one can not help but think Ossoff did not quite capitalize on this enough in the race. Ryan told CNN that the Democrat's "brand is just bad". Sure. Does this mean that Trump and the GOP are out of the woods?

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