Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

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The daughter and sister of former Baltimore mayors, she rose quickly through Democratic ranks in the 1980s as California party chairman, then finance chair for the party's Senate campaign committee. Many felt he was running away from a progressive Democratic platform, as he ran against the Republican candidate. "We entice millions of young voters into our sweet democracy", the Alliance's website declares.

Democrats are, well, blue because a loss is a loss.

The challenge for Democrats, as pointed in Politico's reporting, is that there are no viable candidates to challenge Pelosi and take over the leadership. "We're a family. We're going to have those discussions".

This is the common refrain from Democrats.

Why - and how - did Democrats outperform expectations in SC, where all statewide officers are Republicans, and six of the seven U.S. House seats are, too?

Democrats did not put an exorbitant amount of money and resources into Ossoff to pull off a moral victory. 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.

Ossoff made appeals to respect, civility, kindness, and decency that were directed at Trump.

Pelosi allies have pushed back at the blame game and pointed to the improvement Democrats had in other special elections in Kansas, Montana and SC as evidence that their efforts to harness the resistance against Trump was working.

Focusing on the major character defects of Trump and the politics he practices is not a winning strategy for recruiting "reluctant Trump voters". It also raised anew a question that has troubled the party through a period in which they have lost ground political. That is insular thinking that ensures the Democrats continue to hemorrhage seats at all levels of power. The 2010 redistricting resulted in gerrymandered districts that largely favor Republicans.


This was just one race in one state.

Instead, Ossoff ran with a health care message Clinton pushed. But what do these buzzwords mean in terms of policy? At 18 percent, Tuesday night's turnout in SC was more than it had been for party primaries earlier this year but still struggled to earn voter attention. The disenfranchisement of voters is a very serious issue.

"That's the first one I think he didn't write". "This became a focal point in our messaging, as well as other outside groups and the Handel campaign itself".

Author Greg Palast in his Rolling Stone article "The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters" documented that the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program, used by 27 states, further disadvantages Blacks, Latinos, and Asians.

Ossoff tried to paint Handel as a career politician and pitched himself as a moderate Democrat who would focus on building up Atlanta's tech economy.

Some Democrats, though, have wanted her out, particularly after the party was unable to win back control in 2016, a year when the party was seen as having a decent chance of doing so.

Natalie Vowell, who was also a Sanders delegate, won a school board seat in St. Louis.

"Republicans blew through millions to keep a ruby-red seat, and in their desperate rush to stop the hemorrhaging, they've returned to demonizing the party's strongest fund-raiser and consensus builder", Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, told The New York Times.

Meanwhile, Pelosi sent out a directive for supporters to hit social media with positive messages about her.

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