After the defeat of Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district, Democrats and liberals are waking up to Einstein’s definition of insanity — doing the same thing repeatedly and each time expecting different results.
And that same thing begins with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
After losing the White House last year, followed by five special elections in a row this year, the California Democrat’s negative political messaging clearly isn’t working.
While party leaders claim that Tuesday’s result represented a moral victory, after throwing tens of millions dollars into their effort to wrest the district from the GOP, other Democrats, including Rep. Tim Ryan, view the situation with clearer eyes.
“We’d better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realize that the problem is us, it’s the party,” the Ohio Democrat said Wednesday, according to The Hill.
The problem wasn’t Ossoff, who Ryan described as a “great” candidate; the problem was that he “couldn’t carry the national baggage of the Democratic Party.”
In an interview with CNN Ryan was pressed if Pelosi was more “toxic” than Trump. “The honest answer is in some areas of the country — yes, she is,” Ryan said.
“Clearly, these ads using her, linking her to our candidates is still working.”
Ryan, who challenged Pelosi’s House leadership position last year, received support from Rep. Seth Moulton.
“We need to have a plan, we need to have a vision, we need to tell Americans why Democrats will be better, not just why Trump is bad,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “And I don’t think we’re doing enough of that, and I think that’s evident in this [Ossoff] race.”
We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent not a smaller one. Focus on the future.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) June 21, 2017
Rep. Filemon Vela was more blunt.
“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” the California Democrat, who supported Pelosi in her effort to retain her party leadership position last year said.
“Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost,” Vela told Politico. “But she certainly is one of the reasons.”
Celebrity songstress Cher jumped into the fray, and in answer to Moulton’s tweets observed that it’s time to bring in new blood.
??.CONGRESSIONAL RACE IS NOT OLYMPICS,THERES NO MEDAL?FOR 2nd PLACE‼️I ADMIRE & RESPECT NANCY PELOSI,BUT IN“EVERY”RACE,GOP RUNS AGAINST HER? pic.twitter.com/QX5I26Yl3s
— Cher (@cher) June 21, 2017
Others replied that it would take more than new blood — it would take an entirely different mindset that rejects negative politics — something Pelosi is well-known for.
— TRUMP REVOLUTION (@JED54) June 22, 2017
Congresswoman-elect Karen Handel won Georgia’s 6th district in part by tying her Democratic opponent to Pelosi.
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