Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Georgia Dems search for upsides in House loss

Bennie Garza | 24 June, 2017, 08:00

Let me pause here to say that just as winning this race for Republicans was a morale booster, losing this race definitely kicks Democrats in the gut.

Also, in the past three midterm elections, more than 80 percent of voters who disapproved of the president voted against his party in House races.

RICE: Well, that's not going to be for me to decide, but we have to as a caucus, have this conversation. The Carolina outcome was closer than in Georgia but drew little national attention.

Keeping Pelosi, in leadership since 2003 and formerly the first female speaker of the House, would actually be a boon for the GOP, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "Fox & Friends" Thursday. Handel won Tuesday by about 4 percentage points.

President Donald Trump is lashing out at top Democrats on Twitter. If Democrats fall short next year, she may join the growing list of California's older Democratic leaders put out to pasture. They need to win 24 seats to take control of the House in 2018.

Spending on the race reached at least US$57 million (S$79 million), almost twice the last record, said the Centre for Responsive Politics, a watchdog.

He added that one of the effects of the Democrats' "Trump derangement syndrome" is that they've forgotten about the issues.

The loss by Ossoff, who tried portraying himself as a Diet Liberal, despite raising millions from Pelosi's patrons in San Francisco and Hollywood, will only embolden the acolytes of Sens.

She also dismissed the notion that the Republicans' longtime tactic to hold her up as a partisan lightening rod drags down public opinion about fellow congressional Democrats and candidates.

The more than $30 million spent by Democrats to boost Jon Ossoff's campaign wasn't enough for a win in the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District that went to Republican Karen Handel by a larger than anticipated margin. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet. Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. Debbie Dingell of MI. Democrats, however, gained a combined 71 points from the previous election, she pointed out. "How are we going to get there?"

She says Democrats "gave them a run for their money in all of them".

Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

Democrats celebrated the fact that they had turned a conservative stronghold into a competitive district. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to become more unabashed in pushing Democrats further to the far-left. Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey downplays the attacks. "A loss is a loss is a loss and there's no excuses".

"Time to move forward and win again", he wrote.

"On immigration, for instance, public opinion had actually become modestly more liberal in the years leading up to Trump - but the Democrats are now nearly an open-borders party, so even modest skepticism about immigration tends to push voters toward the Republicans".

One thing most everyone could agree on: Coming in second doesn't cut it now and wouldn't be an outcome to celebrate next November.

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