House special election losses leave Democrats divided, searching

House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands.

While the White House had played down the national importance of the Georgia race, Trump had gone all in on Handel, and the Republican Party no doubt sees the victory as a shot in the arm as it prepares to fight to preserve its control of Congress in next year's mid-term elections.

"They just want to obstruct", Mr. Trump said. "We just don't have either one of those in the present leadership". You have a baseball team that keeps losing year after year.

"I worry sometimes that we get so obsessed and angered by Donald Trump, which is OK, but you can't hold on to it because it takes your eye off the ball", Ryan said.

On Morning Joe Thursday, Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., made a plea for Pelosi's ouster.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has said this week that the Senate plan would be "different" than the House plan, which has been criticised by Democrats as providing tax cuts for the rich and cutting essential medical programmes.

BENNETT: That political consolation prize doesn't sit very well with some of the party's rank-and-file members like Congressman Tim Ryan of OH who says coming close isn't good enough.

It's about all they can do.

'I do not believe she is an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal, ' Rice replied. When it comes to her detractors, Pelosi said "my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

Former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel on Tuesday defeated political newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff, 52 percent to 48 percent. The GOP should remember this, too: Democrats won the first seven special elections after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, but the midterm elections in 2010 were disastrous for the party.

"I don't think when people vote, they vote based on leadership in Washington", said Rep. Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. No, that's not fair, nor is it accurate.

Prior to Georgia and South Carolina, Democrats fell in special races in Kansas in April and Montana in May.

Trump separately asked on Twitter why the Obama administration didn't stop Russian Federation from intervening in the election.

"We need to be focused on next November, and what happens with the reality of health care and trade, tax policies and the impact on working men and women", said Rep. Debbie Dingell of MI. And we have one goal: "winning in 2018".

But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. Moulton yesterday endorsed eight military veteran congressional candidates in races across the country, some of whom immediately took up Moulton's messaging for change. We need a vision-where are we going?

In fact, she said she's "worth the trouble". "But I am honored by the support".

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