Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Image Jon Ossoff

Image Jon Ossoff

After Democrats lost a Georgia House seat in a special election on Tuesday, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said Democrats need to revamp their leadership.

On Day Two of Get Nancy Pelosi Week, the political media continued their drumbeat to blame House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the recent string of double-digit improvements by Democrats in deep-red House special elections.

Representative Kathleen Rice, one of a handful of Democratic representatives publicly calling for new leadership, told the New York Times that Democrats should drop Pelosi because the right has vilified her - though their depiction is unjust. When it comes to her detractors, Pelosi said "my decision about how long I stay is not up to them". At that time, among several Republican candidates, Handel came away with 19.8% of the vote.

GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Democrats have racked up defeats in Kansas, Montana and, as of last night, SC and Georgia.

$50 million, the most expensive in history. Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th district. They argue it shows their chances are good of retaking control of the House in next year's midterm elections.

The demonization of Donald Trump, however, has not worked in any of the four special elections held so far to replace Republicans who moved on to other jobs.

Moulton said he supports Ohio's Tim Ryan, who challenged Pelosi for the position of House Minority Leader in November and lost 134-63.

"One of the disappointing things from the last couple of days is that that approach still has a little bit of punch to it". The overall messaging of the Democratic Party - more anti-Trump than pro-solutions - is also being criticized.

But an Ossoff victory would help Democrats raise money and recruit candidates as they try to win back control of the House of Representatives in 2018. Despite spending more than $30 million, Ossoff lost the district by a wider margin than Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet".

KAREN BASS: In the districts where we are truly competitive, I don't think that message is going to hold very much. Debbie Dingell of MI. "We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party", but she pointed out that "we don't have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that's the problem".

Even President Trump acknowledged the opposition party is languishing in a tweet this week, writing, "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy Pelosi out".

Soon, Democrats will have to decide whether they think they'd do better in next year's midterms by moving to the center or to the left - essentially, by winning converts or punishing heretics.

Spending on the race reached at least US$57 million (S$79 million), almost twice the last record, said the Centre for Responsive Politics, a watchdog.

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance. In the end, the Republican - and in the eyes of many, Trump - won handily.