ED ROGERS: n Democrats lost the battle, but not the war

Democrats need to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader if they are going to win future elections, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.

Gingrich was referring to ads run by a GOP super political action committee (PAC) that linked since-defeated Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, who fell to Karen Handel, to Pelosi. The seats they ultimately won this year were already mostly Republican-leaning districts - and many will argue that the GOP should have won all of them handily.

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"The brand is just bad", the OH lawmaker told CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday. In Kansas in April, in Montana last month and in Georgia and SC on Tuesday, Democratic candidates outperformed their party's past showings, but still fell short where it counts: Republicans won.

Ossoff was the anti-Trump who emerged from a crowded field of Democrats and Republicans.

The victories could boost Republicans' confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election. Many are calling for new leadership.

He said the Democratic Party, however, isn't self-aware enough to realize that they'll always have an uphill battle if she's the face of the party.

Pelosi wasn't the only one receiving the president's tongue-in-cheek good wishes.

Pelosi insisted Democrats still have a shot at winning the majority in next year's midterm elections, saying, "The House remains in play now".

"I love the fray", Pelosi said.

Pelosi added that Republican opponents will always go after the other party's leaders - "and usually they go after the most effective leader". Though Ossoff and Handel both said the race was about them, pols and pundits elsewhere made them proxies in a national battle.

Her win marked an impressive rebound from polling that showed her narrowly trailing her rival as the vote approached, and signalled that Republican disillusionment about Trump was not as deep as Democrats were counting on.

After democrats lost another special election Wednesday, this time in Georgia, some Democrats turn their anger on the party leadership.

But prescriptions for how the Democrats should move forward varied.

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