So far, Trump effect has led only to GOP victories

So far, Trump effect has led only to GOP victories

So far, Trump effect has led only to GOP victories

Democrats must look beyond anti-Trump rhetoric if they hope to do better in the 2018 midterms.

The Democratic frustration follows two special election defeats Tuesday.

David Gergen's remarks about re-election are timely as President Trump is scheduled to hold his first re-election fundraiser next week on June 28.

Democrats have now failed to pick up any House seats in this year's special elections.

Pelosi said: "Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have".

In the meantime, Democrats have a problem with their own approval ratings.

"We are spending way too much time talking about Donald Trump and we're being overwhelmed with our own anger toward him", Rep. Tim Ryan of OH told reporters. And then she continued: "At some point we have to be willing to say that yes, lots of conservative voters are hateful and willing to embrace bigots".

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, had challenged Pelosi for her leadership position earlier this year, and agreed, during an interview on CNN Wednesday night, that Republicans' ads using her as a Democratic boogey-woman have been effective. "They're anxious about paying the bills, what's happening with our pension, how much does it cost to send a kid to school, what's our energy bill like".

'Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone, ' the New York Democrat said.

While both campaigns disavowed the ad's content, Moms Demand Action and Everytown condemned it, saying it was "disgusting to politicize this national tragedy and use it to get voters to the polls". "That's no way to build a national party". Yes, Democrats will point out that they didn't need this one; there are quite a few targets that lean less strongly to Republicans.

"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said. "The people in the district chose who they wanted their candidate to be".

At a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting the frustration was palpable, according to people who were in the room, despite Pelosi's efforts to frame the results as evidence of incremental Democratic progress in deep red districts.

Prior to Georgia and South Carolina, Democrats fell in special races in Kansas in April and Montana in May.

A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory. But he said it should send a strong signal to Democrats thinking about taking back the White House.

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