Democrats struggle for right strategy after special election losses
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 0:42
In the aftermath of the Ossoff loss, quite a few Democrats have reached the conclusion that they need more of a message than just positioning themselves as anti-Trump or continuing to bang on about Russian Federation, the Washington Post and other news outlets have reported. But, to quote Taylor Swift, they're not out of the woods yet.
Broton says one takeaway is finding candidates who better represent their district.
These folks, the thinking among Democrats went, would perhaps be willing to take a real look at a Democratic candidate for Congress. They were at risk of losing it to a 30-year-old who had no prior political experience.
Democrats just lost their fourth special election in a row. Some expressed fears about the same tactic being used elsewhere as they aim to take back control of the House in next year's midterms. And yet, they came close. The results suggest that Democrats will need more than low approval ratings for the president if they hope to achieve their goal of taking control of the House next year. "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.
"The victories should provide a little breathing room for Republican leaders, showing incumbents at risk in 2018 that the GOP agenda can still win in Republican districts and reinforcing efforts to deliver on promises to motivate the base such as tax cuts and Obamacare", Mills wrote in a note to clients on Wednesday.
In 2018, Democrats would need to capture 24 seats now occupied by Republicans in order to recapture the House majority.
With Tuesday's votes in Georgia and SC, we have now had five special Congressional elections since the Presidential Inauguration. "Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!" The November 2018 midterms are still some 15 months away.
The 24 Republicans who sit in Clinton districts could get a whole lot more competitive - or a whole lot less.
A study by the Congressional Budget Office has claimed that 23 million Americans may lose their healthcare under the House plan.
But the President said the goal of Democrats is obvious right now.
Wingfield addressed the caveat that many were citing along the numbers he posted - the 2016 election was during a presidential election year, and 2017 was a special election which meant the former race had natural publicity already.