One number puts the Democrat loss in Georgia in stunning perspective

Posted June 23, 2017

President Donald Trump is lashing out at top Democrats on Twitter. That doesn't mean Republican and Democratic strategists won't try to take lessons from GA06 and try to apply them to the future.

When the astonishingly awful health plan is finally made public and people watch their parents, children, siblings and friends be denied health care, and when they experience the full horror of President Trump's foreign policy, Democrats will win in district after district, if they do the groundwork that is always necessary to win elections. Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams face a tough race, but if they continue to run superior campaigns, they'll have a real chance to win in November. Lawmakers and strategists fretted about the party's inchoate message, and some called the race a sign that Democrats should not bet too heavily on converting red-tinged suburbs to win a majority in the House.

The victories could boost Republicans' confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

President Donald Trump claimed hard-fought congressional victories Wednesday, intensifying an already hard day of questions for Capitol Hill Democrats.

Democrats seethed, second-guessed and sought to regroup Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia, with the party's campaign chief in the House of Representatives outlining alternative paths to taking power, and some lawmakers questioning anew the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader.

Instead of a win or even a razor-thin loss by Democrat Jon Ossoff that many had expected, Republican Karen Handel ended up winning by a relatively comfortable 4 percentage point margin in the wealthy suburban Atlanta district previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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"Thanks to everyone who breathlessly and snarkily proclaimed #GA06 as a 'referendum on POTUS @realDonaldTrump, '" Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted. The district has been a Republican stronghold since Newt Gringrich won in 1974.

Still savoring from their victory in Georgia, Republicans were quick to thank Pelosi for helping them hold onto another congressional seat. "And Archie is talking about taxes, prescription drugs, Social Security, which are important to Democrats, independents and Republicans in this community".

Handel and Norman's wins, combined with previous GOP victories in previous special elections in Montana and Kansas, led Trump to tout a 5-0 record - the fifth win presumably being his.

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.

"I don't think when people vote, they vote based on leadership in Washington", said Rep. Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.