Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss

That would be a shock. They must pick up 24 seats to do so. "I am making it hard to get their support, but who cares", Trump said.

While I don't know the degree to which that's true, it's plainly obvious that for much of the right, the House Democratic leader is effectively a culture-war totem.

He's right, and he makes a good point.

"Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated", said House Speaker Paul Ryan after Tuesday's election.

Moulton acknowledged there was no candidate at the moment challenging the party leadership.

"With Hollywood elites and Nancy Pelosi bankrolling his campaign, it's no secret that Ossoff would rubber stamp Pelosi's failed agenda of bigger government and more spending", Corey Bliss, executive director of the GOP-friendly Congressional Leadership Fund, said just before the Georgia election. "Someone has got to step up and run".

"We have the arena now, people are ready to listen and we'll have our message about the economy, but we will not walk away from our responsibilities", Pelosi told reporters. Now, with Obama and Reid gone, Republicans have occasionally tried latching Democratic senators to Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, with mixed results. Banking on further division of Americans is not a long-term winning strategy.

A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory.

So that leaves policy.

The Ohio lawmaker argued that the Democratic Party had lost touch with the working class. And it must recruit better candidates for public office.

Democrats have also criticised Republicans for devising their plan behind closed doors and without congressional scrutiny. But he was deeply flawed. A primary election is expected to happen on August 15, with a runoff election on September 26 and a general election on December 12, Politico reported.

One of the major takeaways from the Georgia race is, to paraphrase Rick James, partisan loyalty is a helluva drug. I do not mean going on the Sunday morning talk shows to bemoan your Republican colleagues. Mr. Trump's outlandish statements, his bigotry, and his many flaws would mobilize voters to repudiate such a bad candidate who at one point bragged about assaulting women.

Karen Handel staved off a challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff, even though Democrats funneled a record-breaking $23 million into the election. And it will make all the clearer that there is no easy path for Republicans to run under Trump's banner - he's still popular with the base, but the base isn't large enough to win every seat that Republicans hold now. Other Democrats drew just a tiny percent of the vote.

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi". In the eyes of many voters, she remains a lightning rod that represents all that is wrong in Washington. The money numbers suggest why: In the 2016 election, Ryan's Penguin PAC donated just $13,000 to other Democrats. Still, it's wrong to put all the blame on Ms. Pelosi. "But she certainly is one of the reasons". Ultimately, Pelosi still got support from about two-thirds of the caucus, though the 63 votes Ryan garnered were the most serious defection Pelosi has ever faced.

Considering the vast amounts of cash spent on Ossoff, and Democrats desperate for a win in special elections to prove they have momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms, it was expected that as soon as the race was called for Handel, there'd be quite a bit of analysis and reflection on what caused the defeat.

So, somebody said 'Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?' I said, 'Because that's the kind of thinking we want, ' " Trump said, adding that Cohn and other multimillionaires in his Cabinet had to "give up a lot" in taking administration jobs, going from "massive paydays to peanuts".