Maybe it's emblematic of what's happening to the Democratic Party as a whole, but the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is just losing it. In 2016, the Democrat lost the seat by 16.2 points.
The Sanders people have reason to distrust the national party given its actions before the Democratic Convention and what they view as a slap down of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison by the Clinton/Obama party operatives. Ossoff lost because voters didn't buy his centrist schtick, and that even a special-election turnout couldn't be gamed enough by outside spending to gain a temporary win in a relatively safe Republican district.
Handel, who finally found a political race she could win, was a familiar name to the district's voters and a safe choice who could consolidate the support that had gone to the other Republican candidates in the initial round of voting on April 18.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared on CBS Monday morning to respond to members of her own party calling for her to step down from her position. The San Francisco Democrat has consistently been the most unpopular congressional leader in regular surveying, both when she was House speaker and in the years after.
The age and race of a voter doesn't make much of a difference when it comes to perceptions of the current Democratic leadership, but middle-aged voters are the strongest believers that a change is needed in the GOP.
The drastic losses suffered by House Democrats in the 2010 and 2014 elections had the seemingly contradictory effect of helping Pelosi. Why?
Nancy Pelosi's hand-picked candidate, Jon Ossoff, who doesn't even live in the district is not one of us and can not be trusted to stand up for Georgia's Sixth District. In one spot, the Congressional Leadership Fund featured Pelosi alongside Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who was struggling at the time. She has also been superb at holding the House Democratic caucus together. Rather than try to sucker voters into electing a phony centrist, perhaps they should spend a fraction of that money attempting to find actual centrists - and getting rid of the fossilized leadership that marginalizes the few successful centrists the Democrats have. And if you listen to the adjectives tossed around, there is whiff of sexism in the air. Some begged for advice on how to stop the calls, text messages and door-knocks; many said that they didn't stop even after they voted early.
Nancy Pelosi is still their party's prom queen.
As Ossoff pollster John Anzalone told Politico: "We just ran out of Democrats and independents".
Just weeks into the new Congress, Republicans were a lot less critical of their congressional representatives, while Democrats were less enthusiastic about theirs. The races in Kansas and SC, it turned out, were more winnable, but got nearly no attention or resources.
Seen as a referendum on Mr. Trump, the race in the heavily conservative and affluent district outside Atlanta was the latest in a string of demoralizing losses for Democrats.
We're not afraid to take on anyone, especially the Washington Establishment-Republican or Democrat. A student at a town hall asked her about the Democratic Party perhaps moving more to the left on economic issues.