Learning From the Georgia Special Congressional Election

Postado Junho 25, 2017

After briefly addressing the health-care bill unveiled Tuesday by Senate Republicans, Pelosi spent the bulk of her weekly news conference playing down the special-election losses, defending her leadership and lashing out at a cadre of "blatantly self-serving" internal critics inside the House Democratic Caucus. "We can't just run against Trump".

Ah, it's not whether you win or lose that counts.

Democrats say Jon Ossoff's showing means they're actually making progress toward making Georgia a genuine battleground. Their action plan: Keep talking.

The solution to these problems, Ryan maintains, lies in changing leadership and widening the party's appeal.

It's about all they can do.

Trump said in his latest tweets that he has "no idea" whether there are "tapes" of the two men's conversations. "They like to target my district", said Pelosi, a unapologetic liberal who's often the target of attack ads from the right.

"We've let people say that Nancy Pelosi is some frightful person for so long without defending her that people started to believe it". They argue that Democratic candidates will have a better shot on Election Day if they're not tied to Pelosi.

"I think the honest answer is in some areas of the country, yes, she is", Ryan said about the toxicity of the House Minority Leader. "Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" tweeted Mr. Trump, who had publicly implored Republicans to troop to the polls to back the candidate.

And then, in the "Morning Joe" interview, he took a whack at his own party: "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". There Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell for a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, now Trump's budget director.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, on Thursday criticized Pelosi, saying that the Democratic brand is more toxic than Trump's, which he said has led to Democratic losses in election races, like that one in Georgia.

On that point, Ryan agreed that the Democrats need to focus less on President Donald Trump and more on economic issues. Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future.

"I know folks were a little disappointed earlier this week".

The message after four races according to the GOP: Americans aren't as sick of the chaos in Washington as the media says.

"We showed the world that in places where no one thought it was possible, we could fight", Mr Ossoff told supporters.

Other Democrats are finally coming forward to agree. The Iraq war veteran endorsed eight veterans running for the House this week, and started a new national security task force with other young veterans within the Democratic caucus. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason Ossoff lost".