Democratic Chatter Grows About Ousting Nancy Pelosi
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 3:39
Nationally, the party lost the crucial special election for Georgia's Sixth Congressional District earlier this week. He also said that if there was a business-minded Democrat who spoke about infrastructure, spoke about tax cuts for small businesses, knows the people from being active in the community, like being part of a church or a chamber of commerce chapter, and eschews the narrative peddled by D.C. Democrats-the party could be in much better shape.
Ossoff has so far reported raising more than $23 million over the course of his campaign, which he launched with a call to "make Trump furious". Turnout was extraordinarily high for a special election: more than 259,000 people voted, compared with the 331,000 who voted in the presidential election.
His candidacy drew national support from Democrats hoping to send a message to President Donald Trump, although the 30-year-old investigative filmmaker and political newcomer softened his approach later in the campaign. Democrats are in the minority in the federal and state legislative branches, and they've now sustained five consecutive losses in special House elections.
In April, Handel trailed Ossoff in the first round of voting but led all Republican candidates to qualify for a runoff.
That is about the same margin of victory in another special election held that same day in SC to replace Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney - a race that didn't garner almost as much attention. Ossoff's age created a buzz and a political story of promise, which helped propel him into the runoff but didn't deliver him the big finish. "But it looks like for every new Democrat who turned out to vote, there was a new Republican who showed up and voted".
The only way for Democrats to become more politically relevant is for them to win seats now held by Republicans.
"Her message to Republicans was, 'Regardless of how you may feel about Donald Trump, it's important that Republicans hold onto this seat, '" Bullock said.
Nancy Pelosi's time as the House minority leader might be winding down. The former Georgia secretary of state noted Ossoff's inexperience while highlighting her own years of public service.
Indeed, it was nearly as if both candidates tried to deny that Mr. Trump existed - Mr. Ossoff because he needed GOP crossover votes to win, and Ms. Handel, because she wanted to shore up support from centrists. If they had, they would not have poured unprecedented millions into the race. So they vote in more of the same corrupt politicians of both parties. Ossoff tallied 48 percent, just shy of an outright victory.
Co-host Scarborough made a good point about what Barack Obama said during his political career about red districts. Lindsey Graham of SC and I traveled the country helping Republicans in tough election fights.
When asked on NBC about possible leadership changes, Democrat Bill Pascrell of New Jersey replied, "We're always reviewing that, believe me".
At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're going to get exhausted of winning". Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race". Sure. Does this mean that Trump and the GOP are out of the woods? The Democratic National Committee isn't taking that line though; they'd rather use strong language while bashing Trump. Some are calling Pelosi's leadership "toxic", or saying "you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top". The newly elected Karen Handel ran numerous attack ads targeting Pelosi that seemed to write themselves, and we can't forget that she won.