Trump seizes on GOP victory in Georgia to push agenda

Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker-turned-Democratic politician, lost to Handel Tuesday night in a closely-watched election that many observers characterized as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency thus far.

The Georgia contest was the most expensive House race in history, and the GOP dusted off the same playbook it has used effectively since the Republican wave of 2010: Hammering Democratic candidates with a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message that drives out the conservative base.

Crowley chairs the House Democratic Caucus, and he says it's important to remember that Democrats in those four races were trying to flip Republican strongholds, districts handpicked by the White House as President Trump tapped members of Congress to serve in his administration.

"Nothing preps you for next election more than concluding your team is too virtuous to win & voters are too evil or dumb to see the truth", tweeted Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review.

Will Democrats Learn In Time For 2018? This year, they are 0-for-4 in special elections, from Kansas to Montana to Georgia and SC. There Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell for a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, now Trump's budget director. The special elections have been held in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC, districts that are heavily conservative.

The Georgia loss sparked a quick reaction from Democrats. She was the main focus of numerous Republicans' ads against Ossoff. We need to learn from that.

Several prominent Democrats said the party needs to rethink its approach heading into next year's midterm congressional elections, when Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to regain control of the House of Representatives.

Ossoff's losing 1.2 percent of Clinton's GA-6 vote after the Democratic party put everything, emotionally and financially, on the line for a candidate they equated to their only remaining widely liked leader, has worrisome implications.

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Anti-Ossoff ads featured Pelosi, with some warning voters Ossoff would vote with her on many issues, despite his moderate tone on the campaign trail.

Had the Democratic Party focused more attention and resources on the SC special election, which was largely overshadowed by the contest in Georgia, it may have been able to pull off an upset.

"Democrats have got to get back in the habit of winning again, and I think one way we can do that is by getting new candidates and a new generation of leadership", Moulton told reporters Wednesday during a briefing on the new House Democratic national security task force.

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone". Handel and Republican outside groups tied Ossoff to Pelosi in campaign events and television ads, casting him as a puppet for what they described as her liberal agenda and "San Francisco values".

The Ohio Democrat made similar comments earlier Wednesday following Jon Ossoff's loss in the special election for Georgia's Sixth District. They sense, correctly, that Democrats in Congress have sought not just to oppose Trump from Day One, but hope to actually remove him from office through the Russian Federation investigation.

Despite the defeat, Democrats could use this his hard-fought campaign as rallying cry for the 2018 elections. In all four states, Democrats bolstered their historical performance in districts that they lost by big double-digit margins past year. And running simply on an anti-Trump message - like Clinton tried and failed a year ago - wouldn't work for Democrats in 2018 either, no matter how mired in scandal and controversy over Russian Federation the White House may be.

"We do see shifts, fairly large shifts, in some areas, from Republican to Democrat, within the 6th District and that's going to mean a lot with specific House races coming up in '18", he said.

  • Alfonso Moody