House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that’s always been firmly in GOP hands.
Special elections in the United States usually “don’t mean very much”, says John Cassidy in The New Yorker.
Handel was a good candidate who got better, said the former House speaker, while Ossoff did not live in the district where he was running.
The response from some: It better be.
After democrats lost another special election Wednesday, this time in Georgia, some Democrats turn their anger on the party leadership.
When I’m back in CT, I often get on a commuter bus and ride it for just an hour to talk to folks.
In Politico, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel advises Democrats to do what he did, as House campaign chairman, in 2006: Recruit candidates with local roots and views suited to local terrain – and with sharp political instincts, which both parties’ candidates seemed to lack in the special elections. “The House remains in play now”. Fox News reported that a source close to the House Minority Leader said that the criticism of her does bother her because it’s coming from all sides.
She acknowledged the attacks but added: “I think I’m worth the trouble”.
“2018 is light years away in political dog years”, said Gabriel Hament, a Sarasota Democrat who has argued that Buchanan is vulnerable. The district has been a Republican stronghold since Newt Gringrich won in 1974.
But for Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it’s now a time for soul-searching – and finger-pointing.
Ossoff’s defeat may be demoralising for the Democrats, but it’s important to remember that the Republican win came only after an “extraordinary financial intervention by conservative groups and the party’s leading figures (Handel’s $5m fund was topped up by at least $17m)”, says Kevin Liles in the same paper.
“Clearly Karen Handel defended us on [healthcare] and ran on ‘We need to get this stuff done”.
Rove said the victory is nice for Republicans, but to win by a small margin in a red district shows more can be done.
But while Pelosi’s critics are increasingly vocal, they have not yet answered critical questions about who would fill her leadership and fundraising roles if they were to mount a serious challenge for the perch atop the party Pelosi has held since 2002. So it’s time for change.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California says in a letter to colleagues Wednesday that when President Donald Trump nominated House members to serve in his administration, he chose them from Republican districts the party knew it could win.
Ryan talked about his party last night on Hardball.
A decade of Republican campaigning against Pelosi has made her the gift to Republicans that keeps on giving. It was the most expensive House race in history. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost”. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSpecial election sweep boosts Trump agenda Five things to watch in Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill McConnell courts GOP centrists for health bill MORE (R-Ky.) plans to unveil his own healthcare bill on Thursday and put it on the floor next week. After all, he said, Democrats appeared to be more energized, had a bigger army of volunteers and outspent the GOP roughly $32 million to $23 million in what was the most expensive House race in US history.
“Look, they demonized Nancy in 2010, they demonized her in 2006”. For the record, Mrs. Handel, former Georgia secretary of State, claimed 51.9 percent of the vote to Mr. Ossoff’s 48.1.
“What was the Democratic message?” he asked.