Democrats struggle for right strategy after special election losses


Just as so-called "Blue Dog" Democrats were appealing to their party to moderate and de-toxify the brand, radical left-wing group was pushing another message from the Georgia defeat, telling its supporters "the Resistance movement is putting deep red districts and states in play". He even offered them some advice.

Jon Ossoff was on a trajectory to defeat Karen Handel narrowly, poised to deliver a humiliating blow to the White House in a race billed as a referendum of Donald Trump's early months in office.

The president was on the mind of Democrats gathering for their weekly conference meeting Wednesday morning - but frustrated members made it clear they would find their own way forward after the disappointing losses.

The former Georgia secretary of state won by nearly 4 points, beating Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer - 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. "CLF never deviated from the goal of defining Ossoff as a dishonest liberal".

Asked if that meant Pelosi should go, Moulton - who backed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan's challenge to Pelosi's leadership post a year ago - said: "I think that's a question for the caucus to decide". If anti-Trump sentiment is going to work in Democrats' favor, they should have seen a better result in Georgia.

Asked by CNN host Don Lemon if Pelosi was as toxic as President Trump Ryan responded: "You know what, the honest answer in some areas of the country, yes she is". You go back to OH, they're not talking about Russian Federation. People in OH. aren't really talking about Russian Federation or Michael Flynn or Putin. We're overwhelmed with our anger towards Trump.

"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".

"The brand is just bad", the OH lawmaker told CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday.

But the Democrats found silver linings. "If you stay mad, you stay angry, you're unproductive".

Also, in the past three midterm elections, more than 80 percent of voters who disapproved of the president voted against his party in House races. On Thursday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a press release attacking Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen over her ties to Pelosi.

"This is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff said in his concession speech. So it's time for change.

She said: "I would like to see candidates who support pay equity and healthcare for all, but I would be fine if, in addition to those core values, they were also pro-gun and pro-life. Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" he wrote. "But I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly". "That's the most important part". Most or all are running again, and though Democrats may try to field stronger opponents against many, the Georgia result won't help recruitment.

Call it the Dean-Moulton Line of Demarcation: Be more progressive! "They just don't. they're not sitting at their kitchen table talking about Trump and Russian Federation". She was the main focus of numerous Republicans' ads against Ossoff. "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that".

"Democrats both in our state and nationally have not learned their lessons from the loss in November", said Michael Joyce, a spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party.

Pelosi allies have pushed back at the blame game, and pointed to the improvement Democrats had in other special elections in Kansas, Montana and SC as evidence that their efforts to harness the resistance against Trump was working. But the narrow win, compared with the 19 points Trump won the district by in November, is a major swing.

"In the previous election - the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points".

"I don't want to offend anyone here, but if the Democrats want to start winning..."

"We need top-tier candidates to fill the remaining holes in our map".

"She's easy to demonize". Handel didn't talk much about Trump on the trail but embraced him as the party's leader and welcomed him to the district if he so chose to go.

She benefits from a dearth of younger colleagues tagged as heirs to her leadership, and no up-and-coming Democrat can match her fundraising skills, no matter which figures are used. Last cycle alone, she raised $141.5 million. "But her time has come and gone". The second most expensive congressional race was between former Reps. In Kansas in April, in Montana last month and in Georgia and SC on Tuesday, Democratic candidates outperformed their party's past showings, but still fell short where it counts: Republicans won. At least during her leadership election, despite the public lashing she took by a number of lawmakers she was re-elected 134-63 by a secret ballot. "It's like the gift that keeps on giving", Rice said.



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