Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Posted June 23, 2017

Pelosi's defiant comments came as Democrats remained angry and divided after throwing some $30 million into a House race in Georgia on Tuesday, only to end up with a loss that wasn't even very close. When she won, when they said projected victor is Karen Handel, then they said "we switch to another program", right?

As expected, Republicans also won a special election in the fifth congressional district of SC held to fill the seat vacated by budget director Mick Mulvaney. "And you can't get away from the fact that in Georgia this was seen as a test of whether the resistance by Democrats was going to overpower the Republicans or whether the Trump vote would hold". Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams face a tough race, but if they continue to run superior campaigns, they'll have a real chance to win in November.

Many political pundits have suggested that the widely held perception of Pelosi as a Washington insider and a San Francisco liberal might not be beneficial to Democrats seeking office in blue-collar and/or Republican-leaning congressional districts.

"We need to have a plan, we need to have a vision, we need to tell Americans why Democrats will be better, not just why Trump is bad", the Massachusetts Democrat said.

Pelosi insisted Democrats still have a shot at winning the majority in next year's midterm elections, saying, "The House remains in play now".

GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Democrats have racked up defeats in Kansas, Montana and, as of last night, SC and Georgia.

"We had good candidates but they just couldn't overcome our national brand, which is toxic and damaged", Ryan told The Post, adding that Pelosi would make it "a lot more challenging" for Democrats to flip the House in 2018 if she remains at the helm.

Democrats gambled on peeling affluent, educated GOP voters in the suburban Atlanta district away from Karen Handel, the GOP candidate.

"If you were talking about a company that was posting losing numbers, if you were talking about any sports team that was losing time and time again, changes would be made, right?" "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But I am honored by the support", she said.

The loss in Georgia followed similar disappointments in special House elections in Kansas and Montana, as well as in South Carolina Tuesday night.

Bingo. Running mainly against Donald Trump didn't work for the Dems in 2016, and it's not working now. "And I don't think we're doing enough of that, and I think that's evident in this [Ossoff] race".

President Donald Trump is lashing out at top Democrats on Twitter.

Representative Ben Ray Lujan, head of the Democrats' House campaign committee, said in a memo that polls showed a handful of Republican incumbents are facing tough races and that dozens of districts were winnable for Democrats.