Trump to Democrats Over Georgia Loss: 'Obstruction Doesn't Work!'

"Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts, Security", the president tweeted. Karen Handel, a former Georgia state official, won Tuesday's marquee election in the wealthy, highly educated suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, defeating her Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff.

Handel will now serve out the remaining term of Tom Price, who resigned his Congressional seat to become Trump's HHS Secretary. Republican Ralph Norman won in SC, defeating Democrat Archie Parnell.

The Democrats have not won a special congressional race since Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Election Day, losing five straight races. This also suggests that Democrats should broaden their aspirations beyond suburban areas seen as especially hostile to President Trump.

And while experts say the demoralizing loss isn't necessarily a harbinger of more losses to come in the 2018 midterms, it has Democrats taking stock and asking whether it's time for new party leadership - specifically whether House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should step aside.

Even as Ossoff lost, Democrats' spirits were somewhat lifted by the unexpectedly strong showing of their nominee in another special House election Tuesday, in SC.

"Democrats and liberals were frantic about doing something positive, something meaningful, something powerful after the November wound, and word whipped around the country that there was a winnable fight in a Georgia special election with a primary election on April 18", Podhoretz writes. "Again, it's part of the broader national brand that average people don't feel connected to the Democratic Party", Ryan said. The South Carolina race, in a district to replace Trump's budget chief, could have used more attention.

Democrats are 0 for 4 in congressional elections this year, having earlier lost races to fill vacant seats in Kansas and Montana. Nationalizing the swings against them in the special elections held for GOP seats this year would likely deprive them of control in 2018. It takes enormous pressure off Republicans, as they look to craft an Obamacare replacement bill acceptable to both chambers of Congress.

Turning a longstanding Republican district into a swing district ended up being more of a fantasy than an attainable goal.

Murphy also said "the fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russian Federation has been a distraction from what should be the clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda".

"Jon Ossoff stands with the majority of American voters on the issue of gun violence", said the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence in their endorsement last month. After the most expensive congressional race in history, largely from the Democrats' cash infusions, Ossoff called for campaign finance reform.

  • Salvatore Jensen