Dem loss in Georgia underscores party challenges


The president's taunt arrives amid a growing chorus among Democrats for Pelosi to step down.

"We all have a lot of anger towards what Donald Trump is doing, but we've had four special elections, and Donald Trump, 4, Democrats, 0", Ryan told CNN on Wednesday.

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi. That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck (Schumer) stay!"

And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.

Ossoff was tied directly to Pelosi, and her San Francisco-centered base, in a number of Republican-funded campaign commercials targeting voters in the highly-educated and conservative suburban district he was hoping to win. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true. Despite this, 30-year-old Ossoff almost won the initial election in April, with 48.1% of the vote.

Pelosi's defiant comments came as Democrats remained angry and divided after throwing some $30 million into a House race in Georgia on Tuesday, only to end up with a loss that wasn't even very close. "But she certainly is one of the reasons".

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Medicaid covers low-income people including children, pregnant women, older people in nursing homes and the disabled. If Democrats all vote against the bill, Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes among their own ranks.

Trump was referring to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is facing questions about her leadership after Democrats lost the Georgia special House election.

Ryan said he thought Jon Ossoff in Georgia "was a terrific candidate" and "the energy on the ground in our party is fantastic", but "they're not only fighting the Republican candidates, they're also fighting the Democratic brand - and that's a tough thing to overcome for a lot of candidates". "It's clear that tactic still works, still packs a punch, and it's part of a broader toxicity of being part of the Democratic brand regardless of where you are". But Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats for a House majority, and in good years, parties usually gain only half the seats they seriously target. Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice from NY told CNN that it's time for the Democrats to let her and the entire Democratic leadership team go.

Democrats say Jon Ossoff's 48 percent showing in a Republican stronghold is proof that they're actually making progress toward making Georgia a genuine battleground. Democrats also say Trump's agenda of rolling back Obamacare and revamping the tax code would benefit the wealthy and big businesses while hurting the poor and middle class. "It's like the gift that keeps on giving".

"The Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires, and the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody", Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC.

In the well-to-do Atlanta suburbs, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California was the focus of torrents of negative advertising in a House race that cost more than $50 million, the most expensive in history. It's not hard to imagine a Republican incumbent (in any office) being marginally more likely to run for re-election today than would have been the case had Democrat Jon Ossoff won. Among those: Adding No. 2 roles to be filled by newer members on every House standing committee and adding six regional vice chairs to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Of the political impact of the Republican attacks: "I think I'm worth the trouble", she said. But for now they said a different approach would rest on the party message - not Pelosi. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do".