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Angry Democrats turn against leaders after House election losses

23 June 2017

"If you stay mad, you stay angry, you're unproductive".

Other Democrats were more blunt. I never spent much time on that race because I never believed that Jon Ossoff, despite raising $25 million, was going to win in a heavily Republican district that he didn't even live in.

BENNETT: Like Ryan, Congressman Seth Moulton of MA is also venting about the loss. He says the defeat "better be a wake-up call for Democrats".

"As we sit here, they're running caricatures of me in Georgia", Pelosi said.

"I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader, my leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say", Pelosi said at the press conference. He argued that when strategy doesn't work, there has to be repercussions at the top.

"If we had even a little Democrat support, just a little, like a couple of votes - you would have everything", he told the crowd.

But Georgia 6 was the most moderate by far.

"We need leadership change", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., told CNN.

Among the reasons for Hillary Clinton's defeat may have been her reliance on endorsements from celebrities such as Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. That drew criticism of Pelosi from fellow Democrats.

"This was not a cakewalk for them", Ossoff supporter Jen Cox said. They pick people who are in safe and tough districts for Democrats to win. "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that".

"It was very important to them to have someone who had relationships in the community, someone with a track record", said Handel about constituents she spoke to.

The Democratic Party boosted 30-year-old political newcomer Jon Ossoff with a campaign war chest of more than $40 million and a team of Democratic strategists to take on Republican Karen Handel in a dthe suburban Atlanta district. "He's just not one of us", one Republican ad concluded.

Had the Democratic Party focused more attention and resources on the SC special election, which was largely overshadowed by the contest in Georgia, it may have been able to pull off an upset.

Trump's foes hoped that a district in Georgia would strike a decisive blow against him. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSpecial election sweep boosts Trump agenda Five things to watch in Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill McConnell courts GOP centrists for health bill MORE (R-Ky.) plans to unveil his own healthcare bill on Thursday and put it on the floor next week.

House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands. "We're losing the ability to connect with voters on what the hell they think about every single day".

"Look, they demonized Nancy in 2010, they demonized her in 2006". Pelosi's enduring role as a Republican punching bag revived debate over whether her leadership is an electoral drag on the party, or if she is simply a convenient (female) symbol for attacks on liberalism that the GOP would level with or without her. Last cycle alone, she raised $141.5 million.

"Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!", Trump tweeted early Wednesday.