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Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss
July 26 2017, 10:40 | Irvin Gilbert
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report analyzed the results and reported, "If Democrats were to outperform their "generic" share by eight points across the board in November 2018, they would pick up 80 seats".
The House seat that their sights were on had been safely in Republican hands for almost four decades. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.
If you un-scrunch them and look at it honestly, it's red.
(CNN) Democrats lost a special election for a congressional seat they have not held in decades, so some are calling for the head of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
How do Democrats buoy their spirits, maintain their ardor and press on?
The party's great hope for the Georgia seat was a $24 million man whose victory would have likely had a seismic impact on Washington's direction, rattling Republicans in Congress already nervous about the president. They fought for it fiercely. Some on the left argued for a sharper progressive message and more pointed attacks on Republicans and Trump, while Democrats from Midwestern and working-class districts emphasized the importance of an economic message that could appeal to working class voters who were drawn to Trump. Then consider that Democrats treated the race as an afterthought; the Democrats' House campaign arm invested just $275,000 to support Parnell vs. $5 million to help Ossoff - and that the SC legislature strategically redrew the 5th District in 2010 to ensure a conservative electorate.
For sure, obstructionism is a hallmark of whatever party is not in power, but to the voters, who rejected four more years of President Obama's leadership under Hillary Clinton, it appears the Democrats are acting as spoiled brat children, wanting to play by their rules or take the ball and go home. "It is possible that he could actually get re-elected if Democrats aren't careful". But Republican Karen Handel won, by 3.8 points, blowing these story lines into oblivion. But Trump has beaten the odds many times in his short political career. I am a strategic politically astute leader.
That funding surge was blunted by millions of dollars' worth of TV ads and mailers from Republican victor Karen Handel and from outside GOP groups. Those frantic efforts obviously paid off.
Handel's bid was mesmerizingly conflicted. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been aggressive in promoting exactly that, as he did during the 2016 campaign, with calls for a big investment in infrastructure and free college tuition at public colleges and universities.
She held a fundraiser with Vice President Mike Pence - but not a rally.
Handel insisted for months that voters' choice had little to do with Trump.
"Let us be clear", Galloway wrote in an analysis of the first debate.
Right now, the one discernible message is opposition to President Trump. "He really, truly exists".
The party has been bitterly divided over whether that route should veer toward the left, which is where Bernie Sanders is beckoning it, or toward the center.
When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents. His positions, in aggregate, were moderate. I think our leadership owes us an explanation for what's going on in these four elections but also a plan moving forward. It's no lefty enclave.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi in front of Capitol on Thursday.
That's one lesson to take away from this: Candidates matter.
Those ditherers craved encouragement, as did the party.
Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, hosts the MSNBC show "Morning Joe".