Democrats Play Blame Game With Pelosi After Georgia Election - To GOP's Glee

The President said Democrats were not willing to work with Republicans on the pending health care legislation at his Wednesday night rally, saying that even if the GOP came up with the "greatest health care plan in the history of the world" they would not get a single vote from Democrats. While Handel defeated Ossoff by about 10,000 votes and almost 4 percentage points, Republican outside groups had to spend $18 million defending a district where the party's candidates won easily for decades.

After losing another special election that party leaders had hoped would signal a rebuke of the Trump presidency, Democrats on Wednesday cast about for someone or something to blame: from Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House Democrats, to ill-managed campaigns to candidates who were too liberal - or not liberal enough.

It's also a victory because it was viewed as a sort of "referendum" on the president by many voters since numbers on his popularity have been going up and down over the past few months, with polls showing figures as low as 30 percent and as high as 50 percent.

Georgia wasn't the only state to hold special elections this week as Republican Ralph Norman beat Democrat Archi Parnell with 51.1 percent of the vote in SC, 5th Congressional District. That seat was formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Trump's director of the Office of Management and Budget.

With Price out of Congress, a special election was held in Georgia's 6th district to fill the vacancy.

Democrats are, well, blue because a loss is a loss.

"They took a special election and blew it out of proportion", said David Schultz, a political science professor at Hamline University.

"Look, I think the Democratic Party has to come to terms with the fact that what we're doing isn't working", Moulton said.

When a reporter asked him if he thought House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should be replaced, he would not say but did ask for an explanation from the party leadership. Republicans. One such ad warned that Ossoff would be a "rubber stamp for Pelosi's agenda".

GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Democrats have racked up defeats in Kansas, Montana and, as of last night, SC and Georgia.

The reasoning here appears to be: If Nancy Pelosi weren't in the party's leadership, then it would have been impossible for Republicans to remind Trump-averse conservatives in the Atlanta exurbs that Jon Ossoff was a Democrat - and that liberals vote for Democrats. "If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker".

But prescriptions for how the Democrats should move forward varied. Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by about 5 percentage points.

What we learned from Tuesday's special congressional election in Georgia is that there is no magical solution to the country's Trump problem. 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.

Democrats have said for several election cycles that the Republican-run state is on the cusp of battleground status - turning from red to purple in the common political parlance.

BENNETT: Democrats see 70 House seats that could be easier to flip than that Georgia district.

There was some agreement, though, that Democrats, like failed presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, need to present a clear message if they are going to start winning some elections.

  • Annette Adams