Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Since Trump became president, however, his party actually has won four special elections to fill seats vacated by Republicans leaving to serve in his administration or in other posts. That includes 24 seats Republicans won in November that Hillary Clinton also won.

By now Pelosi should have been pulled down from her perch as the Democrat's minority speaker of the House and replaced with someone who understands the political implications of Trump's win and how to deal with it.

Democrats lost another race in SC that same night, and that followed previous disappointments in Montana and Kansas.

JOE CROWLEY: We're disappointed.

In fact, in all four special elections - including a surprisingly close race in SC also on Tuesday - Democrats outperformed Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they really only tried hard in one of them (Georgia).

Up until the second the polls closed, Democrats and their cheerleaders in the media were calling the Handel-Ossoff race an important referendum on the Trump presidency. The elders in the Democratic party have been accused of failing to learn lessons from the shocking loss to Trump: that running without a positive message isn't enough to win elections. The following map shows which precincts voted more Democratic (blue) or Republican (red) between 2016 and Tuesday's election. He won the early vote, but got tromped in election day voting.

So considering they just dumped almost three quarters of a million into a single failed congressional campaign, someone please remind me why we're stroking them a check for more than $550 million in taxpayer cash every single year.

BENNETT: Like Ryan, Congressman Seth Moulton of MA is also venting about the loss. Instead, Pelosi had to spend time defending her continued leadership of the Democratic caucus.

Despite the backlash from some Democrats, Pelosi still has a strong base of support within the party. Moulton is a 38-year-old Iraq war veteran elected to Congress in 2014.

"Tonight I stand before you, extraordinarily humbled and honored at the tremendous privilege and high responsibility that you. have given me", Handel told a boisterous crowd that chanted Trump's name. You're responsible for everything your platoon does or fails to do. I am a strategic, politically astute leader.

Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race.

The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads against her have taken their toll when it comes to public opinion.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ossoff lived and worked with the liberals in Washington.

"Then there's also the numerous times Pelosi has praised former neoconservative and Wall Street shill President George W. Bush - she even wished for him to be back in the White House".

Pelosi should watch her back.

RYAN: Those are still effective ads that hurt our candidates.

Tim Ryan calls Democrat's brand "Toxic". He tried and failed last fall to unseat Pelosi as House minority leader. It might have spooked some of them out of passing a bill to gut health insurance for tens of millions of Americans. They demonized her in 2006.

Even as-of-yet unelected Democrats are bailing on Pelosi. "We're a family. We're going to have those discussions". President Donald Trump won the district in November easily and Mulvaney had held onto his seat since 2011.



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