Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Jon Ossoff Has 'Lessons For Democrats' on How To Lose Elections

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Alfredo Watts | 29 June, 2017, 08:59

In an impromptu interview to discuss the Republicans' four special election victories, including last week's crucial win in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, Ryan said the liberal strategy for dealing with Trump has been discredited. Democrats, who control 48 seats in the upper chamber, would need to sign off on the terms of any increase.

Rep. Klarides-Ditria said, "Democrat leaders are throwing up their hands and showing that they aren't capable of producing a budget and meeting budget deadlines". The Democrats that remained were the most liberal bloc, those representing districts where it is nearly impossible for them to lose.

So the case against Pelosi's continued leadership is that she is such a handy demon to tie every Democratic candidate to, and the Republican base will respond in Pavlovian fashion by salivating with the urge to bite any Democratic candidate's head off.

Some Democrats said it was time to oust Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House minority leader who starred in most of the race's Republican ads. 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.

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.

Mr. Trump said that China had not succeeded in getting Pyongyang to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "I missed an outright win in April by less than 4,000 votes, then we added 32,000 votes", he said. I don't recall Pelosi putting up much of a fight, either. Still, they are hesitant to turn the caucus on itself over her leadership.

Ryan, for his part, is trying to carve out a role as more conservative on social issues but populist on economic issues like reviving manufacturing. He also has interesting views for a social conservative, being a big supporter of the local food revolution and an active practitioner of meditation.

For all the chatter about the need for Democrats to rethink their top leadership following the Ossoff loss, there's no one in their ranks who could come anywhere near winning a majority of Democratic caucus votes against Pelosi. And if you listen to the adjectives tossed around, there is whiff of sexism in the air.

In New York's competitive 24th District last fall, the National Republican Congressional Committee said the Democratic candidate, Colleen Deacon "will vote with Pelosi, not us". That didn't stop Barack Obama from being elected-twice-on a message of hope.

Ossoff's claim of victimhood over campaign spending manifests chutzpah to the scale of performance art. Ossoff wouldn't have competed at all had Democrats not had the opportunity to pour tens of millions of dollars into the district, and in the end, his loss showed that the money didn't carry the day anyway.

The dynamics that propelled the Trump nightmare and that plague a Democratic Party revival are deep-seated.

We're not afraid to take on anyone, especially the Washington Establishment-Republican or Democrat.

Many on the left bemoaned the defeat as yet another sign that the Democratic Party refuses to "wake up" to the populist moment.