'The View' Hosts Do Not Handle Democrats' Latest Election Loss Very Well

Claudine Rigal
Juin 24, 2017

Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.

The Democratic divide is highlighted pretty starkly in the string of responses to Moulton's tweet.

On policy, Handel mostly echoes the GOP line. "And we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements". Despite the Hollywood and mainstream news media bias against the President, he keeps winning these special elections.

Tuesday's stinging loss in Georgia, where Democrats spent tens of millions of dollars has many in the party frustrated, with most griping privately that their current strategy isn't working. It turned out not to be, and Democrats were "shellacked", in President Obama's words, losing 63 seats and control of the House six months later.

The party still doesn't know what it is or needs to be - and that can portend problems heading into next year's midterms.

"That's actually the really frustrating thing, to be honest, is there's so much talent here", O'Rourke said, citing several members of his class that entered Congress in 2012, including Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, who he said could lead the party. Can it do both?

Handel's tough race, combined with closer-than-usual GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse. Some Democrats are taking solace in the fact that they fared better in each of those places than candidates who ran for those seats in 2016.

The loss also renewed the focus on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonized by the GOP side in the Georgia race.

"These are the kinds of discussions that we have to be willing to have as a party if we're going to be able to move forward and earn back the trust of working families across America", Moulton said. Indeed, it had the highest share of voters with at least a four-year college degree of any Republican-held House district in the country. Candidates like Jon Ossoff in Georgia and Archie Parnell, who lost an unexpectedly close election in South Carolina's 5th District on Tuesday, "cannot carry the toxicity of the national Democrat brand", Ryan said.

But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. Sure, but it's always been less than likely because of how the districts are drawn. That's not to mention what it could mean in Washington. Will that be how other candidates in somewhat moderate districts deal with the Trump factor? Pelosi has helped engineer budget deals, an overhaul of the nation's health care law and an economic stimulus during her years as a leader.

The reason that the President and Republicans are winning these elections is that voters want to see action on the serious issues facing the country.

"In many ways, Hillary Clinton thought that being not Donald Trump would be good enough". That was an ominous sign because in the first-round primary back on April 18, Ossoff had dominated the early absentee tally with more than 60% of that vote. "He's just not one of us", her ads said, and this message was reinforced by tying him to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi - and perhaps inadvertently by Ossoff's own promise to "grow metro Atlanta's economy into the Silicon Valley of the South". The GOP base clearly rallied behind Handel, and she closed strong in the final days of the campaign.

Worse, he didn't even live in the district, and Ossoff's various excuses for that didn't persuade the voters.

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