EJ Dionne Jr.: A victory for party, not Trump

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has emerged as one of the relatively young Democrats who says it's time for Nancy Pelosi to step down as the leader of House Democrats.

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff, left, concedes to Republican Karen Handel while joined by his fiancee Alisha Kramer at his election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her position atop the party, as a number of caucus members have suggested it might be time for a fresh face. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice from NY told CNN that it's time for the Democrats to let her and the entire Democratic leadership team go.

And while Democrats were mourning in Georgia Tuesday night, they nearly stole a House seat in SC where Archie Parnell came within about 2,800 votes and 3 percentage points of defeating Republican Ralph Norman. Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Cunningham from SC tweeted a campaign promise that he wouldn't vote for Pelosi to lead the Democrats in the House.

Trump said he hoped Pelosi and "Cryin' Chuck stay", referring to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

Democratic challenger Jon Ossof was hoping to flip the historically red district by campaigning not just against his opponent, but also President Trump.

The veteran San Francisco congresswoman held up her fundraising numbers and track record maneuvering major legislation through the House and declared she was confident she had the support from her colleagues to continue in her post. "I don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country". "I'm always open for a conversation", he said. I thrive on competition, ' she added.

The problem wasn't Ossoff, who Ryan described as a "great" candidate; the problem was that he "couldn't carry the national baggage of the Democratic Party". Of the 15 congressional districts with the highest levels of education, 13 are held by Democrats - Georgia's 6th District is one of the exceptions.

However, her words cut no ice with some, who are arguing for a new message and approach ahead of next year's midterms.

At a campaign-style rally in Iowa on Wednesday evening, President Trump praised recent GOP special election victories and his administration's accomplishments to date, while criticizing the media and Democrats. "It's not about me, necessarily; they like to target my district, the City of Saint Francis".

It was at the heart of their strategy to turn out reliably Republican voters who might be queasy with Trump's first five months in office, but did not want to see Pelosi and national Democrats celebrate a marquee victory in their own backyard. "Ossoff will vote with Pelosi", some of those ads said.

"Clearly, we're coming off an election, and she's been getting pounded now for 10 years with negative ads from the Republicans".

"I know it's easy to feel disappointed and defeated", Lujan said in a video message to Democrats. Democratic presidential candidate, Mrs. Clinton was supposed to win by a landslide; even conservative Texas and Georgia were in play - obviously Trump won both those places and captured the presidency.

  • Zachary Reyes