Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.

"The Democrats have lost three elections", she said.

After losing the White House last year, followed by five special elections in a row this year, the California Democrat's negative political messaging clearly isn't working. Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams face a tough race, but if they continue to run superior campaigns, they'll have a real chance to win in November.

Exactly. And the Democrats spent more than five times as much as Republicans on this race, David.

And Democrats have a target-rich environment for next year's midterms, starting with 23 Republican-held districts where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won a majority of the vote.

While I don't know the degree to which that's true, it's plainly obvious that for much of the right, the House Democratic leader is effectively a culture-war totem.

The president traveled to Iowa for an evening campaign-style rally at Kirkwood Community College.

"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, which is on economics", Murphy said on "Morning Joe" recently.

Republican Karen Handel, a former state official, beat Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff by 3.8 points in the wealthy, educated suburbs of Georgia's 6th district. "How are we going to get there?"

The loss in Georgia followed similar disappointments in special House elections in Kansas and Montana, as well as in South Carolina Tuesday night.

"Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" he posted Tuesday night.

"I don't think it proves anything about next year", he said.

As rumblings of dissatisfaction with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi grow among Democrats, Rep. Seth Moulton said her future "certainly" needed to be a topic of discussion.

And in a third tweet, the president gloated over those wins and other recent Republican wins, saying "the special elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN are 5 and 0!" Their best chance was arguably in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, a suburban one near Atlanta where Donald Trump barely edged out Hillary Clinton past year.

In his speech, which lasted over an hour, Trump mocked Ossoff and the blow for Democrats, blaming the "Democratic" media for being biased against Handel.

Despite the fact Georgia's 6 Dist. has been in Republican hands for decades - like the other races, as well - Democrats put a lot of money and hope behind Ossoff, a young up-and-comer with JFK-like qualities. Ultimately, Handel took 52 percent of the vote while Ossoff lost with 48 percent, according to The New York Times.

  • Larry Hoffman