Special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

Posted June 24, 2017

HuffPost senior politics editor Sam Stein asked Rice if she believed Pelosi to be an 'out-of-touch San Francisco liberal, ' which is the way Republicans have portrayed the top House Democrat in political attack ads.

"There's some important lessons we as Democrats need to learn moving forward and how to appeal to a greater swath of Americans", said Darin Broton, a Democratic strategist.

Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a freshman who has expressed frustration with Pelosi and party's platforms in the past, argued Tuesday night that the party has to rally behind a "concrete" and "bold" economic agenda. "CLF never deviated from the goal of defining Ossoff as a dishonest liberal".

Any decent pollster or person attending Ms. Handel's victory night party would know that supporters did view the race as a referendum on President Donald J. Trump.

Many rank-and-file Democrats were not having it. Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future. ALL of them - whether they supported you or not. They're not. They're not talking about Putin, Russia, Flynn. Hey, the camera just went off, I can't imagine. We're overwhelmed with our anger towards Trump. "It is possible that he could actually get re-elected if Democrats aren't careful". "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.

BENNETT: Like Ryan, Congressman Seth Moulton of MA is also venting about the loss.

#Ossof Race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working.

"I agree with Trump and I'm all for Pelosi", Bolling said. "I don't think people are going towards the Democrats in enough numbers". There are many districts that will be a lot tougher for Republicans to hold than Georgia's Sixth next November. A GOP loss would have increased the chances of more GOP retirements before 2018; a GOP win, no matter how narrow, encourages incumbents to stick around.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ossoff would vote with Nancy Pelosi to weaken our military. "But she certainly is one of the reasons".

Eboni Williams said that Democrats are "delusional" and "living in an echo chamber" if they want to stick with Pelosi in the face of mounting losses. The same CBS News polling this week that showed Trump's approval at a new low - 36 percent - showed congressional Democrats were even less popular - 30 percent. "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that". But his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, as well as a GOP-aligned super PAC and the House Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, spent millions on television ads and mailers latching Ossoff to Pelosi.

Wednesday, Pelosi stressed that now was the time for Democrats to come together.

Handel's tough race, combined with closer-than-usual GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse. Donald Trump won that district by 18 points and it was not expected to be close.

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

Joe Cunningham, a Democrat running for Congress in a bid to unseat Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., tweeted a promise not to vote for Pelosi for leadership if he wins his race - just hours after announcing his bid. "And we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements".

"Look, they demonized Nancy in 2010, they demonized her in 2006".

Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey says, "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses".

In this special election campaign, she adopted a more moderate tone than hard core conservatives wanted. "Karen Handel ran a relentlessly localized campaign that focused on that perspective". "We don't agonize. We organize". They raised a fortune for him, they fought like hell, they said they were going to win.

Around the same time House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was declaring she had broad support to remain the top Democratic leader and jabbing back at her critics, a group of her colleagues met privately to brainstorm on whether there was a way to force her out.