BENNETT: That's New York Congressman Joe Crowley.
The race for Georgia's 6th district was the most expensive House race in U.S. history. "We've got a lot of energy in our base, which is very exciting for a lot of us to see that on the ground, but you've got to beat the Republican and you've got to carry this very toxic Democratic brand on your back, too". Previously, they couldn't win in Kansas or Montana, which also held special elections to fill seats left empty as Trump chose his Cabinet members. Republicans, who're licking their chops over the Handel victory, could also use the Handel/Ossoff battle as a rallying cry.
According to a report in The Hill, Democratic leadership has come under intense criticism by the rank-and-file for Ossoff's loss to Handel.
"We'd better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realise that the problem is us; it's the party", OH representative Tim Ryan said Wednesday morning as he left a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus in the Capitol.
BENNETT: Like Ryan, Congressman Seth Moulton of MA is also venting about the loss. He says the defeat better be a wakeup call for Democrats. Democrats need to gain 24 seats to win the majority. "I think we could make it look attractive, too". That drew criticism of Pelosi from fellow Democrats. Moulton is a 38-year-old Iraq war veteran elected to Congress in 2014. You're responsible for everything your platoon does or fails to do. I think our leadership owes us an explanation for what's going on in these four elections but also a plan moving forward. That realm is really important - more important than it should be, but really important nonetheless.
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.
RYAN: Those are still effective ads that hurt our candidates. Trump wrote, referring to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. It might have spooked some of them out of passing a bill to gut health insurance for tens of millions of Americans. We're used to that.
"Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts, Security", Trump tweeted. "So thank you, thank you for the most extraordinary experience I've ever had the honor of being a part of", Ossoff said during his Tuesday night concession speech to a crowd of hundreds of supporters that gathered at a hotel in the southern portion of the district.
And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance.
In 2018, Democrats would need to capture 24 seats now occupied by Republicans in order to recapture the House majority.
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