What The Democratic Loss in Georgia Means For The Midterms
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 6:52
"You want me to sing my praises?" she asked defiantly. "I am a master legislator". "And I say that ladies and gentlemen in regards to both sides of the political aisle". "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do".
Pelosi beat back a leadership challenge late past year from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), with two-thirds of her caucus supporting her. Total campaign donations of about $60 million, collected by several candidates, set a new record for a federal House race. Handel and Republican outside groups tied Ossoff to Pelosi in campaign events and television ads, casting him as a puppet for what they described as her liberal agenda and "San Francisco values".
All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.
But in the end, GOP nominee Karen Handel ended up topping Democrat Jon Ossoff, and in South Carolina, Republican Ralph Norman rolled to a closer-than-expected finish in another special election. They must pick up 24 seats to do so. "The strong headwinds facing Republicans, incredible grassroots enthusiasm behind Democrats, and a damaged and exposed House Republican Caucus all clarify that we have the momentum heading into 2018".
The Democratic Party retains a comparative edge in the number of its members who are women, with 78 in Congress.
I hear you say millennial and Latino voters - Democrats' sleeping giants - are the key to victories that have eluded the party recently? "Personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".
Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.
In another tweet Trump blasted Ossoff, claiming that he would raise taxes "to the highest level" and would be "weak on crime and security".
What's more, there is already renewed pressure for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step aside.
The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up. So she significantly improved over Trump's percent of the vote just seven months ago. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said the party is in desperate need of fresh faces in its leadership ranks.
The stabbing of a police officer at a MI airport Wednesday by a Canadian citizen who yelled "Allahu Akbar" and referenced people being killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an act of terrorism, officials said.
"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".
Some Democrats, though, have wanted her out, particularly after the party was unable to win back control in 2016, a year when the party was seen as having a decent chance of doing so.
And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House past year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.
As four recent special elections have demonstrated, despite highly visible enthusiasm and fundraising, the Democratic Party remains ineffective in harnessing the energy of the "Resistance" and converting it into actual electoral victories.
Pelosi said she believes the reason why the GOP has spent millions targeting her during elections is because she's "an effective leader".
"I was also influenced by a desire to resist Trump's plan to defer to Russian Federation and make America insecure", Rega Wood, a Stanford philosophy professor and Ossoff donor, said in an email to The College Fix. "We don't agonize. We organize". "He gets off track on things he should just let go".
President Donald Trump was quick to react to Karen Handel's win in Tuesday's special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, writing a series of tweets after it appeared she was slated to beat Democrat Jon Ossoff.
In this March 28, 2017 photo, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.