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Trump lashes out at Democrats after Georgia win

Those involved in the discussions described them as preliminary among like-minded lawmakers.”Right now, what I’m pushing for is a conversation within the caucus”, Rice said. He emphasized that the group “was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint”.A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a Georgia House election.Kathleen Rice of NY, led a meeting of anti-Pelosi House Democrats.The renegade Democrats resurfaced again this week, after Tuesday’s loss by Ossoff in a Georgia special election that received intense national coverage.Ossoff ran on a decidedly moderate platform with millions of dollars to back him up.The National Republican Congressional Committee ran ads charging Ossoff would “represent Nancy Pelosi”.It wasn’t just in the 6th District where the Democrats lost.Chief among those is fundraising.Democrat Joe Seconder of Dunwoody, founder of the Perimeter Progressives, is hopeful the energy surrounding the Ossoff campaign that touted 12,000 volunteers will carry into future campaigns at the state and local levels.”I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi believes that she is the one that can lead this party”.Rice’s sentiment was echoed by other House Democrats in recent months including Reps. Pelosi was the focus of negative advertising casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate.Pelosi said that would be fine with her. “I love the arena”. She did so because she opposed Handel’s views on social issues, she said, and she wanted to send a message to Trump.But at her weekly press conference, Pelosi shrugged of concerns that she was dragging down the party. Democrats have been chafing in the minority since they were thrust there in 2010 after risky votes in favor of President Barack Obama’s initiatives including the Affordable Care Act. She has beat back all comers, including last fall, when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise.Georgia’s 6th shares numerous same characteristics as the districts that Democrats believe will pave their way to a House majority in 2018.”Things are changing. I think we’ll get there”, she said. “And usually they go after the most effective leaders”.Therein lies a real problem for Democrats.Democrats foolishly believed that college-educated Republicans would vote for a progressive Democrat over a Republican due to their disdain for President Trump and his many mishaps.But its characteristics on paper – namely the fact that President Donald Trump won here by less than 2 points last fall and that it’s a well-educated area – will keep it competitive, one GOP aide said.”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. “When people said to us in ’05 that you don’t have a chance, be prepared for a Republican permanent majority, (former Senate Democratic leader) Harry Reid and I didn’t accept that”.Democrats lost another race in SC that same night, and that followed previous disappointments in Montana and Kansas.The frustrated Democrats met in Rice’s office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes. Among those: Adding No. 2 roles to be filled by newer members on every House standing committee and adding six regional vice chairs to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.But Pelosi taunted Rice and others urging her to step down, issuing what sounded like a warning on Thursday, saying, “when it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun”.When the top post among House Democrats might open up, though, Pelosi hasn’t said.