After losing both special congressional elections held Tuesday, it's become clear that Democrats face a hard path to reclaiming the nation's Republican-controlled legislature in 2018.
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Nancy Pelosi was a huge drag on Ossoff. A CBS News poll published Tuesday showed that the president's national job approval rating has slipped to 36 percent.
Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message".
In Georgia's sixth district, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel by 3.8 percent. "That's a problem going forward, and it's going to be a challenge in House races particularly". "I think it's time for a new generation of leadership". 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. One of his closing ads focused on Handel's role in cutting funding for Planned Parenthood during her time as an executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity for breast cancer.
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Ryan, Moulton and a number of younger-generation Democrats tried to topple Pelosi a year ago for that very reason, and they quickly revived the argument on Wednesday. Trump tweeted out. "All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0". National Democrats and Ossoff's campaign, however, refrained from reciprocating with equally unpopular GOP leaders like President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Many rank-and-file Democrats were not having it.
"'Karen, if you can win, it says to every 8-year-old girl that she can do it too, '" Handel recalled the girl telling her.
There's little question the result amounted to a pretty bad return on investment for California donors in what became the most expensive House race in US history. The vast majority of his campaign contributions came from outside Georgia.
It's unlikely that fundraising record will be broken next year, when the attention of Democratic donors will be spread out over hundreds of competitive races around the country. "It was like a fidget spinner".
Behar also criticized Ossoff for failing to even move to the district where he was running for Congress. "It feels like we don't live in a democracy anymore".
In fact, the California support may have come back to bite Ossoff. One of their ads even features the Bay Area and branded the two Democrats together, putting his photo alongside hers on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. "That's the win for us today". You've got to have a charismatic candidate, you've got to promise them things.
Meanwhile, Trump had his own advice for the party. Prominently mixed into this dog's breakfast of recriminations, mostly from the party's activist left, there is at least one recurring thread: Democrats do not have, either by omission or commission, a cohesive economic message.