Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

"It is Pelosi who remains a pretty big drag for Democrats at the polls in certain districts, particularly this one", Todd said of Pelosi's effect on Georgia's Sixth Congressional District. "But this is something we certainly have to discuss, because it's clear that I think across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership".

The Georgia district is exactly the type of district House Democrats will need to win back the majority in 2018: educated, marginally Republican, suburban.

That was more than republican Karen Handel spent during the entire special election.

What's more, Democrats are now 0-4 in their attempt to snatch a seat in special elections held in GOP districts since Trump took the oath of office. "We may have some different beliefs, but we are apart of one community... the community of the 6th district.", stated Handel during her victory speech.

"As we sit here, they're running caricatures of me in Georgia", Pelosi said.

There's also an even more basic reality: Showing that the party will dump its leader if Republicans are persistently negative enough about that leader only gives the GOP more incentive to use aggressive tactics - and puts the next Democratic leader on tepid ground from the outset. "Because in these United States of America, no one - no one - should ever feel their life threatened over their political beliefs and positions".

Some of the Democrats' suggesting Pelosi should move on have recently argued that the Republican attack ads linking Democratic candidates to her are an effective campaign tool, and could hurt the party's chances to flip control of the House in the 2018 midterms.

"We can walk and chew gum at the same time", he said. "I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion", she said.

Rice said she has significant respect for the long-serving California lawmaker, but not as the ongoing leader of the Democratic Party.

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Elections: It has been amusing to watch Democrats twist themselves into pretzels trying to explain away their loss in the special election in Georgia, after spending months promising it would be a referendum on President Trump.

"Democrats should not focus their campaigns about him, they should be about jobs", he added. But in the second half of her 15 years as caucus leader, the Democrats in the House have been in a steady decline, losing the House majority in 2010, and continuing to lose seats.

But Republicans still love Nancy Pelosi - because she helps them win elections.

Ossoff told his supporters: "The fight goes on".

Handel is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker. In terms of individual donations, Ossoff vastly outpaced Handel, with almost $24 million to her $4.5 million - though Handel was boosted by outside groups.

A documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, Ossoff is the sort of candidate the ossified national party often favors in close races - lightly seasoned, studiously bland and loosely linked to the district, where he doesn't happen to live.

When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents. She has been a successful fundraiser since she joined the leadership team in 2002. She pointed voters instead to her "proven conservative record" as a state and local elected official.

Representative Tim Ryan of OH, who tried to unseat Ms. Pelosi as House minority leader late last fall, said she remained a political millstone for Democrats. Then consider that Democrats treated the race as an afterthought; the Democrats' House campaign arm invested just $275,000 to support Parnell vs. $5 million to help Ossoff - and that the SC legislature strategically redrew the 5th District in 2010 to ensure a conservative electorate. She said she would have voted for the House Republican health care bill, though she sometimes misrepresented its provisions in debates with Ossoff.

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