Democrats had high hopes for Mr. Jon Ossoff in his race to win the Sixth Congressional District of Georgia against Republican Karen Handel. Although Ossoff brought very little to the table in terms of experience, he was seen by the national party as the Democrats’ big chance to prove that America was rejecting the Donald Trump agenda – even in the deep south. To wit, they wound up spending millions on Ossoff’s campaign, turning the Georgia race into the most expensive election contest in the history of the House.
It was all for naught. Handel won the race, leaving Democrats stunned, angry, and pointing fingers. And the majority of those fingers were pointed at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a social-liberal agenda that has left so many American voters without anything to get excited about.
In the wake of the race, many Democrats and liberal observers – including pop legend Cher – said that the Democratic Party could not move forward with an ultra-liberal like Pelosi in the driver’s seat.
“Congressional race is not Olympics,” Cher said on Twitter. “There’s no medal for 2nd Place!! Admire and respect Nancy Pelosi, but in every race, GOP runs against HER.”
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) echoed those sentiments in the post-election afterglow. “I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” Vela told Politico. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she is certainly one of the reasons.”
New York Democrat Kathleen Rice had a similar message. “There comes a time when every leader has to say, ‘For the good of the order and for the betterment of the party, it’s time for me to step aside,’” she said. “And I wish that would happen right now. This is not a personal thing. I want to get back in the majority.”
Ossoff’s loss was the fourth special election in a row that Democrats have failed to win. And even some of the most hardened anti-Trump messengers in the party are beginning to realize that they made some miscalculations about their chances of taking back the House in 2018. Rep. Ted Lieu said on Twitter: “GA & SC races last night show Dems will not flip 80 seats next Nov. But Dems are on track to flip 40 based on surge in Democratic turnout.”
Well, we’ll see about that. The problem with the party may be symbolized by Pelosi, but the roots go a lot deeper. The sad truth is that millions of working class Americans – black, white, and in between – feel like the Democratic Party simply doesn’t stand for them anymore. And until the party can divorce itself from the extremist, elitist social progressivism that they’ve come to represent, they are going to keep losing – no matter how unpopular Donald Trump becomes.