Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

26 June 2017, 12:40 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Anti-Trump effort falls flat Republican Karen Handel wins in Georgia

Karen Handel

"I don't think people in the Beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so much of the country", congressman Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for the leadership position past year, told CNN in a blunt postmortem after the June 20 loss in Georgia.

Also, if you were wondering, the answer to your question is yes. They argue it shows their chances are good of retaking control of the House in next year's midterm elections.

She also dismissed the notion that the Republicans' longtime tactic to hold her up as a partisan lightening rod drags down public opinion about fellow congressional Democrats and candidates. Nonetheless, the loss touched off a hunt for scapegoats. But an even bigger challenge for Democratic leaders will be managing the intraparty fight between left-wing heretic hunters and more moderate forces hoping to rebuild Franklin D. Roosevelt's coalition of ideologically diverse allies. He may have had flaws, but he and the Democrats turned out lots of voters.

The apparent effectiveness of that messaging suggested to some that the 77-year-old Californian could be a liability for Democrats as they aim to regain their majority.

A defiant Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she was "very confident" about the support that she had from fellow Democrats who now number 193. Pelosi, a fighter, has brushed aside the criticism.

Debate has swirled among Democrats about what strategy to deploy: going all in with a nationwide anti-Trump agenda, or tailoring individual races to local economic issues in a bid to fix fraying connections between the Democratic Party and the common voter.

Even though Trump's approval ratings are historically low, Republicans have yet to achieve retaking any previously Republican held seats. "Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future". What beyond denunciations of the Republicans as heartless will the Democrats have to say to voters? The Democrats had this one.

Moulton is one of the House Democrats who has been most vocal in calling for a new generation of leadership.

The absence of a convincing economic message did not start with Clinton.

Just think about how much has come to pass in the first five months of the Trump presidency.

On Tuesday, by contrast, Georgia voters were less comfortable with Ossoff, as they have been with Democrats across the South for some time. Despite all of Trump's problems, that hasn't happened yet. Trump showed the limits of that strategy. By comparison, Trump won the state of Georgia by 5.1%. In the fall, Clinton advisers believed she would do well enough with those college graduates to overcome projected erosion among those without college educations. Every few feet, Duncan had a hand on a Handel or Ossoff sign.

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The Georgia district had the highest percentage of college graduates of any in the nation.

Handel is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker. Republicans have some reasons to worry about 2018 and 2020. It is a debate that the party needs.

The Democrats have to translate an energized base into some electoral wins.

-In Massachusetts, just 34 of the 160 state House districts had candidates from both major parties, an uncontested rate of 79 percent.

Greenberg has always been critical of the tepidness of the party's economic message and puts some of the blame on Obama.

But fundamental political realignments can stick over the course of president's term, especially if that president remains mired in scandal and continues to seem more focused on tweeting than policymaking.

Several Democratic Georgia lawmakers teamed up with Republican state Sen.

I've watched many campaigns I'd describe as moronic. He has said he intends to introduce legislation he calls "Medicare for All".

Today, the situation is reversed, with many Democratic leaders and activists more focused on ideological purity than on regaining political power.

"In the previous election - the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points". "But we gave them a run for their money", she said, according to the source. Trump might not succeed in draining the swamp, but he has tapped into sentiments about Washington that Democrats ignore at their peril. Moreover, the race garnered the attention of the entire nation, including the likes of President Donald Trump. If continued frustration with losing doesn't prompt rethinking about the message, what will?

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