A Georgia special election for one of the state’s House seats did not yield the result that the Democrats were hoping for, as Republican Karen Handel wound up winning the election over Democrat Jon Ossoff. This was considered a very significant election for both Republicans and Democrats to see how voters would react Trump’s presidency.
In a historically red section of Georgia, the race ended up being closer than anyone could have foreseen with Handel and Ossoff receiving 51.9% of the vote and 48.1% of the vote, respectively. Democrats realized once the results came in that a party cannot simply outspend the other to win an election. Despite the Ossoff campaign raising $24 million, which was five times as much as Handel, the Democrats lost an election once again.
The majority of the backlash from the election loss has fallen onto the shoulders of Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader.
In fact, some Democrats in the House have come out publicly and said Pelosi needs to be removed from her position along with other members of the Democratic leadership.
Kathleen Rice, a Representative from New York was the first one to say that there needs to be a change of leadership.
She told CNN, “It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”
Representative Seth Moulton from Massachusetts was the next Democrat to criticize the current leadership.
Speaking about a potential change of leadership, Moulton asserted, “This is certainly something we have to discuss because it’s clear that, across the board, in the Democratic Party we need new leadership. It’s time for a new generation of leadership in the party.”
This comes at a time when the Democratic Party is struggling to rally around a coherent message that resonates with voters. Ever since Donald Trump has taken office, the Democratic Party has basically been in a free fall. In essence, there is a civil war going on within the party; there is the Bernie Sanders wing and the establishment wing. The establishment wing, consisting of Nancy Pelosi and other veteran Democrats, refuses to embrace more populist policy stances and are extremely reluctant to relinquish their power despite having lost the presidency and the majority in the Senate during the past election cycle.
Now, I am not advocating for the Bernie Sanders wing and their policy stances, but something clearly needs to change within the Democratic Party and it starts with Pelosi. Her approval rating is so low that even Trump has a 12% higher approval rating than she does, according to a Zogby Analytics poll. Trump has a 41% approval rating while Pelosi only has a 29% approval rating.
The same poll found that Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, and veteran Democrat, also has a lower approval rating than Trump at 33%.
By, Bobby Amendola