BLAME GAME: Democrats pointing fingers after special election losses

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Tuesday was not a good day for Democrats, as they lost in all the special elections for House seats which were empty due to those members moving into President Trump’s cabinet.

None hurt worse than Georgia, where they were heavily banking on a win with Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff.

Some blamed Ossoff on “going to easy” on the president, while others said he was just a “victim” of a party that no longer knows how to connect with voters.

NBC News noted that “Democratic lawmakers and political operatives are venting their frustration at losing every competitive special congressional election so far this year.”

Rep. Seth Moulton, of Massachusetts, tweeted out that the Ossof race “better be a wake-up call for Democrats – business as usual isn’t working. Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future.”

Then Moulton added, “We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bitter tent not a smaller one. Focus on the future.”

CNN published commentary on the losses Wednesday morning, with the headline, “Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?”

The article further lamented, “Democrats tried an inoffensive moderate message in Georgia. They ran a banjo-strumming populist in Montana. They called in the cavalry in South Carolina and tried to catch their foe sleeping through a long-shot in Kansas. None of it worked.”

A senior aide to former President Obama, Dan Pfeiffer, also tweeted over the losses, saying, “To win back a gerrymandered House we have to a) fire up Dems, b) convince some number of indys or Obama Trump voters to back a Dem.”  

Pheiffer added a clarification, “To take back the House, we need lean GOP voters who disapprove of Trump to vote for a Dem. This is hard, but very doable over 18 months.”

In exclusive interviews, NBC reported comments from the following:

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA): “We have to figure out how we are going to speak to people’s economic anxiety. We failed at doing that.”

Bernie Sanders former campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said Democrats should not have made the Ossoff race their only cause adding they should have put more into the Montana and Kansas elections as well.

Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning, and said the party needs to focus more on making an impact on voters’ lives, as they have become distracted by the investigation into connections between Russia and Trump.

“We’ve been hyper-confused for the past five years. Some of the time we’re talking about economic growth, some of the time we’re talking about economic fairness. We need to be hyper-focused on this issue of wage growth and job growth — I think Democrats are scared of this message because it’s what Republicans have been talking about,” Murphy said.

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