Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

King on Wednesday called Democrats' Tuesday losses in Georgia and SC, as well as other recent special elections, "devastating defeats".

Republican Karen Handel won a high-stakes, closely-watched special congressional election, salvaging a seat in traditional conservative Georgia where Democrats had hoped to strike a blow against Donald Trump's presidency.

"Ossoff race better be a wake up call for Democrats - business as usual isn't working", tweeted Representative Seth Moulton of MA.

"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.

Democratic candidates also lost earlier races in Republican-held districts in Kansas and Montana.

Greg Valliere, the chief strategist at Horizon Investments, said, however, there is little to read from the Georgia election.

Republicans know this, and candidates such as Karen Handel have been quite successful at winning races by constantly running ads linking their opponents to Pelosi.

Republican Karen Handel on election day after she is projected the victor for the Georgia 6th District special election on June 20, 2017.

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Pelosi also responded to President Donald Trump's tweet that ousting her "would be very bad for the Republican Party". The Republican Obamacare replacement bill is so unpopular that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's game plan has been to keep it secret even from his own members and probably from his wife. Democrats need to pick up 24 House seats to retake the majority.

"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who supported Pelosi in her last leadership race. Bashing Trump didn't work out too well for Hillary Clinton, and it's not working out too well for the Democratic Party as a whole. It isn't representative of the country and there are dozens of House districts that would be easier for Democrats to win.

That leaves Georgia Democratic Chairman Dubose Porter and other Democrats claiming some hope from Ossoff's defeat as both parties look ahead to the 2018 elections, when Democrats will try to dent Republicans' monopoly on statewide offices and the legislature. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet".

What matters is that Democrats still don't have a defining message, and they're in desperate need of one that works. Debbie Dingell of MI.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who has advocated for a revamped party framework, said that the party is distracted by scandals and intrigue in Washington and needs to refocus on kitchen-table issues that moderate voters care about.

Moulton criticized Democrats' handling of that race as well as the SC 5th District contest, where Democrat Archie Parnell lost to Republican Ralph Norman by an even narrower margin. Democrats didn't want to force Republicans to feel that relentless attacks on Trump were, in effect, attacks on them. If Republicans believed healthcare could be a political victor or even remotely palatable to the general public, they would have been all over messaging this race. All of those districts were GOP districts. Jon Ossoff, the losing Democratic candidate in Georgia, raised an eye-popping $30m for his campaign-more than was donated during Britain's entire general election. He returned to Washington late Wednesday.

"The president's numbers are in the thirties and our base is energized", she wrote.

Many rank-and-file Democrats were not having it. "And we will fight".