GOP lawmakers to take seats after special election wins

The latest budget push by House GOP leaders has faltered leaving quarrelling Republicans even further behind on their budget work as they head into next week's recess

In 2016, the Democrat lost the seat by 16.2 points.

Ossoff has yet to decide whether to run again next year, and other Democrats eyeing the race are waiting for his decision. The Democrats that remained were the most liberal bloc, those representing districts where it is nearly impossible for them to lose.

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) plans to spend millions of dollars on Republican candidates in the upcoming November elections, using Pelosi's recent decline in support as fuel to swing undecided voters. Many were concerned that the Republicans were able to successfully feature her in a majority of the political ads attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia congressional race, which he lost by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.

After the Democrats' loss in Georgia, questions resurfaced about whether Democrats can retake the House with Pelosi leading the charge. But it is also rotten, in that it concedes to the Republicans their attempts to assassinate a very capable Democratic leader.

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.

"Our brand is worse than Trump", he said flatly.

But for the first time in a decade, there is no Hillary Clinton in the spotlight or a Barack Obama White House, leaving Pelosi as one of the most well-known members of the party with unobstructed exposure to negative campaign rhetoric going into 2018 midterms. I don't recall Pelosi putting up much of a fight, either.

That two-pronged messaging could have been confusing to the independents Ossoff was desperate to win: Even as he stuck to centrist-sounding promises of cutting wasteful spending and turning the district into the "Silicon Valley of the South", he took liberal positions on climate change and the minimum wage.

"There was never an agreement on the $200 billion", said North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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. "The millionaire-packed Democratic National Committee leadership-the lobbyists, the elected officials and the well-heeled donors-would have to be tossed out entirely, and replaced by genuine progressives, labor activists, environmentalists, representatives of various minority groups and (gasp!) socialists". Search the words: Pelosi, shrill, woman of a certain age, and hectoring, and you'll get the drift. Some begged for advice on how to stop the calls, text messages and door-knocks; many said that they didn't stop even after they voted early. Pelosi is not bigger than the party, and she has had her shot.

"Republicans sure don't want Nancy Pelosi's guy coming in to try and buy this seat", Handel told Fox News on Election Day.

Besides being rotten in that way, this case for dumping Pelosi doesn't look very strong as a solution to whatever problems the Democrats have. There's no one else among House Democrats who could come close to touching that number. The Democrats need only 24 to take back the house.

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

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