Democrats Search For Silver Lining After Narrowly Losing Georgia Election

Democrats Search For Silver Lining After Narrowly Losing Georgia Election

Democrats Search For Silver Lining After Narrowly Losing Georgia Election

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.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House.

Pelosi said that would be fine with her. "That approach still has a little bit of punch to it".

There are signs that rank-and-file Democrats are starting to chafe at the losing streak the leadership's "resist" strategy has produced.

"Because we knew that signs were building up throughout the right of ways throughout the city", Duncan said. She referenced that the GOP spent millions of dollars promoting House Speaker Paul Ryan since he was on the 2012 ticket as the vice presidential ticket and "I have a hundred million or so spent against me and his numbers are no better than mine".

Today, the situation is reversed, with many Democratic leaders and activists more focused on ideological purity than on regaining political power. Will they finally recognize that many in the heartland see Democrats as out-of-touch coastal elitists in the Nancy Pelosi mold?

"Our leadership owes us an explanation", said Mr. Moulton, who voted against Ms. Pelosi in the last leadership election.

According to multiple attendees, Rep.

Rep. Seth Moulton echoed her complaints in a Wednesday interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have". In deep-blue Connecticut, Democrats held twice as many state Senate seats as Republicans in 2008. "Everything else is bulls--", said Rep.

BENNETT: Another reason why Democrats shouldn't feel all that demoralized is Karen Handel's slim margin of victory, says House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sanchez.

BENNETT: It's a criticism rooted in generational angst about the future of the Democratic Party and its leaders. Three of Arkansas' four districts lacked Democratic opponents.

Handel backers, though, hailed Tuesday's results as confirmation that the district remains solidly in the party's grasp.

Debate has swirled among Democrats about what strategy to deploy: going all in with a nationwide anti-Trump agenda, or tailoring individual races to local economic issues in a bid to fix fraying connections between the Democratic Party and the common voter.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Pelosi defended her leadership against mounting criticism from her own party and attacks from Republicans. While the association with Pelosi was certainly a drag around the candidate's neck in the Georgia race, the Democrats for the most part are still seeking to place the blame on an outside force for their lack of support instead of looking internally at the actual problem.

Said Rice: "The Republican playbook has been very successful". "This is what they do".

Pelosi herself erupted about the GOP ads last week, after Republicans accused Democrats of overly harsh rhetoric in the wake of the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia.

Democrats also lost in Montana where the Republican candidates won even after assault charges against him and also suffered losses in Kansas and SC. Ossoff tried to win over those suburban voters with a moderate message on economic issues, but it wasn't powerful or persuasive enough to overcome the appeal of the Republican brand in an election in which the GOP made Pelosi-style Democrats a focus.

CROWLEY: Typically they don't go and pick folks in districts where they think they're going to lose that seat to a Democrat.

"Southern voters are a totally different breed", he added.

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