Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses
28 Июня 2017, 05:19 | Felicia Parsons
After Georgia, Republicans celebrating, Dems searching
Democrats have had four opportunities to pick up seats in the U.S. House of Representatives since Donald Trump became president, and haven't been able to capitalize on any of them. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election, a moderate faction of Democrats is calling for a widening of the party and a move toward the center.
Many experienced operatives say the party's focus needs to be on finding and recruiting candidates with particular currency in their specific districts.
"Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.
Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff, left, waves to the crowd while stepping offstage with his fiancee Alisha Kramer after conceding to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta, .
"He had the advantage that he had $30 million to spend", Schale told Business Insider, "but at the same time he had never run for office before, didn't have real relationships with the district, didn't have sort of the characteristics that are helpful in a place like this".
While Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership in the past - the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader previous year - the party's successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership.
"Our districts here that are in play are way more competitive than the Georgia 6th", Thowfeek said. "These things are still races between people as much as they are proxies for the parties".
"This is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff said in his concession speech.
Democratic congressional leaders tried to project confidence after two election losses this week, but bubbling anger from the party's rank-and-file on Capitol Hill yesterday spurred demands for new leadership - including some calls for Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi's ouster - as the party pushes toward next year's midterm elections. Ryan added, "I don't think it's fair".
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The lesson for Democrats is that anti-Trumpism is not enough, at least not at this point. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost".
She touts supply side economics, going so far as to say during one debate that she does "not support a living wage" - her way of explaining her opposition to a minimum-wage increase.
But others argue the push to reframe the Democratic agenda and bring in new leadership is premature.
Despite the misleading commercial, the audio of Obama was actually the former president quoting somebody else - they weren't his own words, despite the ad presenting them as such. "It's about: Are you getting your message across to the voters in your area?"
"Had we won these elections I think that there would still be tough questions that Democrats need to answer and problems they need to fix in order to be successful long term", he said. "And we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements".
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