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

Instead, he said Democrats need to focus on developing a message that wins over voters in Republican-leaning districts.

"Perhaps no single image better captured the left's and mainstream media's disappointment than this picture from CNN's election coverage last night", she said in reference to the screenshot, adding: "Mailman didn't run over your dog, guys, it's gonna be OK".

While the rate of uncontested races dipped slightly from 2014 to 2016, the percentage of people living in legislative districts without electoral choices has been generally rising over the past several decades. Since 2002, Pelosi has hauled in $568 million for House Democratic campaigns - including $141 million during the 2016 campaign cycle. Speaking in party-line platitudes and notably eschewing the kind of progressivism sweeping through the party's base, the millennial upstart gave establishment Democrats hope for their future.

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance.

Fueling their fears is Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss in a hotly contested House race in the northern Atlanta suburbs. "This was Newt Gingrich's old seat".

Republicans hold only six of the 23 districts with college graduate majorities. The Democrats threw money away on one seat when they should be gearing up for the real challenge in 2018.

The Democratic Party has been forced to scramble in search of a message following its Tuesday night defeats in both Georgia and SC.

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph
But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. Xavier Becerra, departed the House in late 2016 to accept an appointment as California's attorney general.

Even though both candidates implied that Mr Trump was not on the ballot, everyone else thought he was, and Ms Handel's strategy of tacit loyalty will be emulated in other tight races. Unchallenged candidates will automatically be declared the winners. "The honest answer is in some areas of the country - yes, she is", Ryan said. At a certain level, Democrats could hardly disagree considering they were still arguing on the Republicans' terms, essentially admitting that their opponents were right at a fundamental level. The Peach State has never picked a woman for the U.S. Senate or governorship either. They may not like much of what the Republicans and Trump are offering, either, but when forced to choose, they will, however reluctantly, back the Trump-GOP synthesis over the united Democratic alternative.

There are reasons for unopposed elections aside from gerrymandering. Enter Mr. Costa with the cold water, while once again; noting the importance of state and local races that Democrats don't seem to really understand is the key to rebuilding a political talent pool.

Pelosi also has a long history of holding her party together through hard votes - enabling former President Barack Obama to shepherd into law a series of Democratic-backed measures in 2009 and 2010 and later forcing Republicans to grapple with the politically damaging divisions within their own ranks.

Democrats were hesitant to attack the President in such a historically heavily Republican district. Ultimately, Pelosi still got support from about two-thirds of the caucus, though the 63 votes Ryan garnered were the most serious defection Pelosi has ever faced.

Republican House Speaker David Ralston has said lawmakers were merely "trying to put communities of interest together".

Republished with permission of The Associated Press. That a win in Georgia was going to be a huge referendum on what they perceive as unhappiness with the GOP party and our president blanketing the American landscape. Josh McKoon this year to propose a constitutional amendment creating a bipartisan citizens' redistricting commission.

Trump's foes hoped that a district in Georgia would strike a decisive blow against him. It ought to be safe Republican territory-not least because it has been gerrymandered to make it so.


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