In Georgia, Handel reaches out to Democrats and thanks Trump

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"It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".

The Democratic flub may well reinforce Washington's Republican-ruled status quo, starting with the health care deform that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is crafting under cover of darkness. He almost won this seat in April by avoiding a runoff altogether.

"I don't think people in the Beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so much of the country", congressman Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for the leadership position past year, told CNN in a blunt postmortem after the June 20 loss in Georgia. She fell short of expectations, however, allowing Trump to prevail in the pivotal Midwest battlegrounds. But, despite their public celebrations, Republican strategists are surely unsettled by the result.

Democrats say Jon Ossoff's 48 percent showing in a Republican stronghold is proof that they're actually making progress toward making Georgia a genuine battleground.

The election was held to fill the seat vacated by Mr Tom Price after he was appointed secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He said speaker, but at this point-that's a stretch to project a Democratic takeover when they just had the rug ripped from under them in Georgia. Ossoff tried to win over those suburban voters with a moderate message on economic issues, but it wasn't powerful or persuasive enough to overcome the appeal of the Republican brand in an election in which the GOP made Pelosi-style Democrats a focus.

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.

As we noted in this space after the first round of voting in the Georgia district in April, which promoted yesterday's runoff election, despite being in Republicans hands for decades, Georgia's 6th District is not that conservative. Democrats are lagging 0-4 in congressional elections this year, having earlier lost races in Kansas and Montana.

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LINDA SANCHEZ: In the previous election, the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points.

For sure, obstructionism is a hallmark of whatever party is not in power, but to the voters, who rejected four more years of President Obama's leadership under Hillary Clinton, it appears the Democrats are acting as spoiled brat children, wanting to play by their rules or take the ball and go home. That should embolden Democrats and intimidate Republicans.

Georgia's special election was the most expensive U.S. House race in history, surpassing $50 million in total expenses. In light of those massive disadvantages, Parnell's narrow loss should be the story of the night.

When the dust cleared after this week's special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, Democrats were sheepishly claiming a moral victory, but most were disappointed that Republicans took both seats.

President Donald Trump claimed hard-fought congressional victories Wednesday, intensifying an already hard day of questions for Capitol Hill Democrats. Democrats were not supposed to have a chance in any. Democrats need to pick up 24 House seats to retake the majority.

Kathleen Rice, a NY representative who urged Pelosi to step down past year, agreed. But more realistic, if still ambitious, scenarios could yet turn the House blue. Many Democrats hope to harness that energy during the 2018 mid-terms, when the entire House will be up for re-election. Alyssa Milano aptly described Democrats' perception of this election when she stated the following.

A whole lot can happen between now and next November. Ossoff chose the latter, electing not to put his chips on the demonization of Trump, lest he offend all the district voters who had put faith in the president.

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