Trump seizes on Republican victory in Georgia to push agenda

President Donald Trump took to social media to mock the Democratic Party after a special election in Georgia was won by GOP candidate Karen Handel.

"I don't know that it's possible at this point to change our party leadership", Moulton said.

"I love the fray", Pelosi said.

In the most expensive congressional election in USA history, Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, defeated political newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff by 4 percentage points on Tuesday in a suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s.

Others dismissed the idea that Pelosi really played much of a role in the outcome in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel by about 5 percentage points.

GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Democrats have racked up defeats in Kansas, Montana and, as of last night, SC and Georgia. Races such as Ossoff's, competitive seats that have been held by the GOP for years, need to be a focus.

Pelosi's most vocal Democratic critics in recent days consist mainly of members who opposed her bid last year for an eighth two-year term as the party leader in the House. They need to win 24 seats to take control of the House in 2018. Having failed to oust Pelosi in a leadership challenge shortly after the election last fall, Ryan is working with colleagues to see if there's appetite for another attempt at replacing her, he said Thursday on ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast.

"I don't think that any party should allow the opposite party to choose their leaders, " she said.

Indeed the best news Democrats got Tuesday night was that a different special House race, in SC, ended up closer than the Georgia contest even though it had drawn little national attention.

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He wrote that the Democratic Party "has a toxic brand, one that is worse than Donald Trump's in many parts of the country". It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective.

In the wake of Tuesday's result, a lot of people have advised the Democrats that the solution to this problem is for Nancy Pelosi to resign, which would supposedly prevent Republicans from demonizing her. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada.

Democrats say Jon Ossoff's 48 per cent showing in a Republican stronghold is proof that they're actually making progress toward making Georgia a genuine battleground.

"This is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff said in his concession speech. It's "classic Pelosi.".And by that, I mean it's rambling, barely coherent, filled with weird rhetoric, and punctuated with spectacular moments of delusion.

Ossoff then said that the majority of Handel's outside funding came from Washington, D.C., whereas his funding came largely from California Democrats. "I have full confidence that Democrats have a story and a message, and they've been doing it with the leadership, and we will be able to do it and bring back a restored House in 2018".

As House speaker at the time, Pelosi was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

"Run for something at least somewhere where you live", Mary Julve, 52, said as she voted Tuesday in nearby Roswell, decrying Mr. Ossoff's candidacy. A defiant Pelosi said she's "worth the trouble".

"Sure, Republicans have a convenient foil in Nancy Pelosi, but if she's removed, they'll just find a new foil", Hurst notes, and, emphasis added, continues: "Look how they shush Kamala Harris and call Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" and how Fox News is never more than one rage fit away from calling Maxine Waters the N-word".

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