Democrats' Lessons from Jon Ossoff Loss: Move Left, Forget Civility

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Democrats' Lessons from Jon Ossoff Loss: Move Left, Forget Civility

"Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn't even live in district", Trump tweeted at 5:49 a.m. "For the fourth time since November, voters have rejected the Democrat's agenda of obstruction and made it clear it's time get to work for the American people and join President Trump's administration in Making America Great Again". The result of the race - the most expensive House contest in United States history - is a demoralizing blow to Democrats, who have also came up short in races in Kansas, Montana and SC. In the SC 5th Congressional District contest to fill the seat left by Mick Mulvaney's elevation to the Office of Management and Budget, Democrat Archie Parnell lost by 3 points.

Ossoff, who outraised his opponent by a margin of over 6 to 1, was endorsed by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a Democrat well-known for his stance on gun control, then publicly sparred with Handel over the state's controversial campus carry measure and was embraced by gun control groups. "All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0", he said.

The next two special elections are in August, one is to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat in Alabama. They expected to use an Ossoff win to show the voters pulling away from Trump but instead, it seems to indicate the opposite, according to the many reports today. As Dave Weigel wrote in the Washington Post, "The ad strategy, and the campaign visit from Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, have had nearly nothing to say about what Republicans were working on in Washington".

Reveling in his party's win in a closely watched Georgia special election, President Trump on Wednesday urged Democrats to admit broad defeat and work with him on issues like healthcare and tax reform.

In 2009, the first year of Barack Obama's presidency, there were five congressional special elections, including one in a red district in upstate NY, and Democratic candidates won all five.

With health care so much of the focus in the Georgia special election, Democrats were ready to liken an Ossoff victory to that of former GOP Sen. This is territory that has been in Republican hands for almost 40 years and which GOP candidates usually win by more than 20 percentage points.

Ossoff told his supporters: 'The fight goes on'.

Representative Ben Ray Lujan, head of the Democrats' House campaign committee, said in a memo that polls showed a handful of Republican incumbents are facing tough races and that dozens of districts were winnable for Democrats. Advertisements by her allies tied Democrat Jon Ossoff to black bloc anarchists, Muslim terrorists, Kathy Griffin, and the shooter of Rep. Steve Scalise. Now Ryan can tell Republicans that they can push ahead with President Trump's agenda and not only survive, but prevail in 2018.

Donald Trump Jr. may need a history lesson-or just a basic understanding of political shorthand.

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