White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph


Also on Tuesday, a Democratic candidate fell 3 percentage points short of defeating a Republican in the race to fill budget director Mick Mulvaney's House former seat in SC.

Some Democrats have blamed Pelosi for the party's loss in the Georgia special election on Tuesday.

Gingrich was referring to ads run by a GOP super political action committee (PAC) that linked since-defeated Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, who fell to Karen Handel, to Pelosi. A loss in Georgia, after Democratic donors across the country (okay, mostly in California) gave time and money to try to stick it to Trump, is a significant momentum-killer.

"On immigration, for instance, public opinion had actually become modestly more liberal in the years leading up to Trump - but the Democrats are now nearly an open-borders party, so even modest skepticism about immigration tends to push voters toward the Republicans".

Republicans won on marginal Republican turf, but it was closer than past elections would have suggested it should be.

Pelosi's allies have pointed out that numerous negative impressions that Republicans have of her are equally true of House Speaker Paul Ryan among Democratic voters.

"Obviously people are very concerned about where we are and they want to have a conversation about where we need to be", Rep. Tim Ryan of OH told reporters about why the group got together.

Democrats' impatience is understandable - they're still smarting from losing an un-losable race in November.

The House minority leader has served as the face of House Democrats since she helped engineer her party regain control of the House of Representatives in 2007 to become the first female speaker.

These Democrats might be on to something, especially in light of the way Pelosi figured into the Republican campaign in Georgia.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told reporters aboard Air Force One that Handel's win serves as proof that "the American people are resonating with the president's agenda" and want to see his agenda enacted. "Are you serious?" she answered with a laugh. "That's no way to build a national party".

But his loss could serve as a wakeup call for liberals who think the Trump presidency is so disastrous that they're on track to win the House next year. Rather, Trump said, "That would be very bad for the Republican Party" if Pelosi were forced out.

Pelosi wasn't the only one receiving the president's tongue-in-cheek good wishes. Of course, bringing more people into the political process doesn't mean they're going to vote for Bowman's preferred candidates.

Rice's sentiment was echoed by other House Democrats in recent months including Reps. Intense Democratic grassroots efforts on the ground in Georgia likely made up some of that ground.

But it's also clear that many Democrats in the House, if not the large majority, don't see it that way.

Democrats thought they were going to walk away from Tuesday's race victorious, but they have yet to produce a viable person-to-person message for their candidates to work with.

Ellison said the Georgia 6th was not as competitive as 64 other House seats that Democrats could win in 2018 to wrest control away from Republicans, adding, "They're the ones who better be anxious".