Bingo. Running mainly against Donald Trump didn't work for the Dems in 2016, and it's not working now. And Democrats are struggling to translate the energy of their core supporters into actual election victories.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) brushed off concerns raised by some in the House Democratic Caucus that she is dragging them down in competitive races, saying her legislative and fundraising prowess make up for any downsides to being seen with her. Millions were spent in Georgia with ads linking Pelosi to Jon Ossoff, who lost to RepublicanKaren Handel on Tuesday. This is a Republican district, and they won it like they should have; just like they won the other two special elections in Kansas and Montana this year.
Instead, he said Democrats need to focus on developing a message that wins over voters in Republican-leaning districts.
"If you look at our history, the last three times we have had single-party control ... the following midterm election, the party out of power won 28 seats", he said.
Democrats also lost a special election in SC on Tuesday in a race Republicans were widely expected to win.
"We'd better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realise that the problem is us; it's the party", OH representative Tim Ryan said Wednesday morning as he left a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus in the Capitol. "They will do this to any and every Democratic leader because the only thing sustaining their majority is desperation", said Drew Hammill, Pelosi's spokesperson.
Ossoff becomes the latest Democrat to run a widely complemented campaign in a Republican-leaning state, yet still lose.
Handel, who has a long record opposing LGBT rights, will represent Georgia's 6 congressional district, which has historically leaned heavily Republican.
"Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost", Vela told Politico. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have".
"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus", Pelosi said, according to NBC News.