Gergen: Special election victories show Trump could beat Dems in 2020


The president's taunt arrives amid a growing chorus among Democrats for Pelosi to step down.

Republican ads in Georgia called out minority leader Nancy Pelosi as a rich San Francisco liberal, out of touch with the needs of middle America.

But after what happened on Tuesday night in special congressional elections in Georgia and SC, I'm beginning to think the Democrats are never going to get exhausted of losing. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!"

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff, left, concedes to Republican Karen Handel while joined by his fiancee Alisha Kramer at his election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Popular Video This young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. But the GOP still successful tied Ossoff to Pelosi. Pelosi acknowledged the attacks but added, "I think I'm worth the trouble". But she at least demonstrated one way to achieve a Republican victory in an area that isn't fully supportive of Trump: "by being with him and without him at the same time".

In over a decade leading House Democrats, into the majority and out again, Pelosi has beaten back all comers, including last fall when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise. Ryan made it clear after his failed bid to oust Pelosi in the fall that he wasn't planning to challenge her again and was just supporting the effort.

The "again" is a reference to the fact Democrats just can't score a win lately.

A handful of House Democrats - from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who Pelosi beat for re-election to her leadership post late a year ago - have raised fears that their party may not be able to win back the House with Pelosi leading the caucus.

Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race. That a win in Georgia was going to be a huge referendum on what they perceive as unhappiness with the GOP party and our president blanketing the American landscape.

Said Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado: "Closing the gap is great, but it's not good enough, and we have to do better". "It's like the gift that keeps on giving". "I don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country".

Nancy Pelosi is still their party's prom queen.

Rice said she has significant respect for the long-serving California lawmaker, but not as the ongoing leader of the Democratic Party. If they don't, Republicans risk further inflaming Democrats or alienating their own base, or both.

The House Democratic Leader has few current peers when it comes to pumping money into colleagues' campaigns.

Since 1990, she's raised more than $9.2 million for party candidates, including $739,000 in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks contributions from candidate committees and affiliated PACs.

This reminds me of the endless debates after Hillary Clinton's loss about why she didn't have much of an economic message.

"I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader, my leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say", Pelosi said at the press conference.