White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

BENNETT: A handful of Democrats pinned the party's loss in Georgia on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. These "deplorables", as Ms. Clinton named them, are forced to make choices between rising healthcare premiums, skyrocketing education expenses looming for their children on the horizon, expensive daycare for their younger children, and worries over what would happen to their homes and families should either Mom or Dad lose their job.

"We can't keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place".

Another Democrat who has been pushing for leadership changes, Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas, told CNN the group didn't make any decisions at Thursday's meeting, but those who participated believe there is growing unrest among House Democrats about the direction of the current leadership team.

This aide played down the possibility of any immediate attempt to remove Pelosi but said that Tuesday's result "doesn't help her for the next cycle", when she probably will face a strong challenge to her perch should Democrats fail to secure the House majority.

But Pelosi taunted Rice and others urging her to step down, issuing what sounded like a warning on Thursday, saying, "when it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun".

Increasingly, Democrats concerned about Pelosi's status as a bogeyman on the right - which Republicans have effectively used to motivate their base voters - are warning that unless Pelosi is ousted, she could cost the party its shot at winning control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

Handel, an establishment Republican and former state secretary of state, defeated Democratic challenger and political novice Jon Ossoff by about five percentage points, USA television networks projected, denying Democrats what would have been their first election victory of the year.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House.

"What's really important is that Donald Trump has seized the narrative back, that he's doing better with the voters than Democrats think he is", he said. She noted last week's shooting of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and said politics has become too embittered. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders". "That's the win for us today". Mulvaney vacated the seat earlier this year to serve as President Trump's budget director.

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To recapture the House, Democrats need to win over Republican voters skeptical of the president.

Republicans earned a chance to pass major reforms, and they pulled together to prevent Democrats from gaining valuable political momentum with a win in Georgia. It shows that what we've seen are progressives who live in bubbles, who travel to other bubbles (i.e. NYC to Washington D.C.) to protest Trump.

Democrats supportive of Pelosi have long argued that even if she stepped aside, Republicans would demonize any new leader the party elevated.

Trump seems to enjoy the focus on Pelosi, taking another jab Friday after tweeting about her the day before.

"I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader", said Pelosi, as she also touted her fundraising prowess.

"We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. One night we found ourselves in a conservative Kentucky district where the Republican should have been ahead by 20 points. "So, we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership".

Ossoff and Handel are vying for a seat that's open because "the president selected Tom Price, who held the district, for a cabinet position", Lake said.

"In the districts where we are truly competitive, I don't think that [anti-Pelosi] message is going to hold very much", said Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.

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