Trump Gives Nancy Pelosi a Backhanded Compliment

The response from some: It better be.

"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 Democrat's campaign slogan was "Make Trump Furious", suggesting angry voters should back the Ossoff campaign if they wanted to send a message to the White House.

Put on defense, House Democratic leaders from Pelosi on down tried to spin the outcome in Georgia as positive, arguing that coming in a close second in the solidly Republican district augured well for their chances of taking back the House next year.

Pelosi is frequently the subject of Republican attack ads, framing her as a coastal elite who is out of touch with middle America. And control of the House of Representatives could still be in play in the 2018 midterm elections.

Pelosi had abjured critics by touting her accomplishments Thursday, saying, "Well, I'm a master legislator".

"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out". "That would be very bad for the Republican Party", he tweeted.

"We need a winning strategy and I think the first step to getting to a winning strategy is a change in leadership", Rice told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day".

With President Trump suffering low approval ratings, many called this special election a referendum on the Commander in Chief.

The political number crunchers have produced a variety of analyses of the results in the recent special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC in an attempt to quantify the two parties' strength in the Trump era.

But Handel won the race, which turned out to be the most expensive House race in history, and now some elected Democrats around the country are pointing their finger at Pelosi. "I don't know how many 'moral victories' the Democrats are going to be able to stomach before they realize it's time to actually start winning".

"I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", Rogers said Wednesday.

As long as they want to keep Perez running the DNC, I say, "Go for it". If Democrats can offer a better idea, voters will be receptive.

Even Cher chimed in, tweeting that the GOP runs against her in every race.

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

Ryan challenged Pelosi to be the top House Democrat in January, falling short by a vote of 63-134.

Handel, the Georgia Republican who beat Democrat Jon Ossoff by 4 points, was not a particularly good candidate.

In Georgia's 6th Congressional District, Democrats spent over $20 million with millions more pouring in from outside groups.

"She's easy to demonize. To me, the South wasn't a place where we celebrated people's differences, but now that feeling is so different", Bowman said.

"We need to be focused on next November, and what happens with the reality of health care and trade, tax policies and the impact on working men and women", said Rep. Debbie Dingell of MI.

"What was the Democratic message?" he asked.

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