Karen Handel Victory Has Silver Lining for Democrats
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 22:43
South Carolina Democrats are seeking the same silver lining after Archie Parnell lost a congressional special election there Tuesday night by essentially the same margin as Ossoff. This will be a long fight. So it came as no surprise when, after Handel edged out Ossoff by 3.8 points, the president and his allies were quick to declare the victory proof of voters' support for Trumpism and the Republican Party.
"He is a great guy ... we're praying for you, we're pulling for you". Bliss said her unfavorable rating is high among voters, particularly conservatives, and he expects her image to return as Republicans defend their House majority in 2018.
Democrats came close but still lost two other contested special elections earlier this year for Republican-held seats in conservative Kansas and Montana, and the outcomes in Georgia and SC could put a crimp in the party's fundraising and candidate recruitment.
Her win marked an impressive rebound from polling that showed her narrowly trailing her rival as the vote approached, and signalled that Republican disillusionment about Mr. Trump was not as deep as Democrats were counting on. After all, Ossoff did not reside in the district he ran to represent and he epitomized the synthetic, millennial Democrat who, despite loud campaigning, really does not have much to say.
In a statement released as the race came to a close, MoveOn.org executive director Anna Galland acknowledged Ossoff's success in making a race in a deeply red district close, but argued Democrats must embrace a platform that calls for "sweeping change" if they are to turn tight losses into decisive victories.
Democratic pundits will try to distract from the devastating loss they experienced Tuesday, but there is no hiding the fact that the race for Georgia's 6th failed to show much backlash against Trump among the affluent suburbanites who liberals too often assume are moving their way.
Former Obama staffer Dan Pfeiffer pursued a similar line in response to Tuesday's results, writing, "To take back the House, we need lean GOP voters who disapprove of Trump to vote for a Dem". The moral for GOP strategists: They face real threats in less hospitable territory. She was the main focus of numerous Republicans' ads against Ossoff.
Some Ossoff voters, on the other hand, said they were more motivated to vote by Handel's record, which includes a 2012 decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood when she was an executive at the Susan G. Komen organization. "Karen Handel ran a relentlessly localized campaign that focused on that perspective". For all the attempts to nationalize these elections and make them a referendum on President Trump, candidates matter. Ayres put the matter diplomatically: "The president structured the broader environment but didn't determine the outcome of this particular race". "Obamacare is a disaster", Trump said. "It's not enough to dislike Trump".
"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, told Politico.
In addition to mentioning her district, she stated that the attacks on her were due to her effectiveness and her abilities as a "master legislator" and "strategic, politically astute leader".
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi thinks the Democratic Party is doing just fine despite her fellow Democrats thinking it's time for her to get the ax.
Special elections can be over interpreted.
"The Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires, and the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody", Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC.