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>> After Tuesday's defeat in Georgia, demoralized Democrats are once again engaged in hand wringing, soul searching, and finger pointing. Some calling for a change in leadership and a new message after losing four recent special elections. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where there are two basic arguments playing out in the Democratic Party today.
First, there's the Bernie Sanders camp arguing that the party needs to run on a more hard edged progressive agenda. They're pointing out that Democrat Jon Ossoff really came to prominence down in Georgia by taking on Trump directly and when he backed off that message that's when he seemed to falter.
The second argument is generational. Younger Democrats in the House taking aim at the party's 70-something leadership saying it's time for them to step aside. They're saying that while people like Nancy Pelosi are really good at raising money, they are just simply too toxic, too much of a liability in these races.
Now, recall that Republicans relentlessly ran negative ads against Ossoff linking him to Nancy Pelosi.>> Nancy Pelosi's friends are bankrolling Ossoff's campaign.>> They're saying that if they had a less divisive leader, perhaps this wouldn't be so much of a problem.>> The race in Georgia between Ossoff, a political newcomer, and Republican Karen Handel was billed as a referendum on Trump, a narrative which the Trump camp's now gleefully running with.
The President using the occasion to slam Democrats for obstructing his agenda.>> They just want to stop. They just want to obstruct. And their plan isn't working because they thought they were gonna win last night in Atlanta. The truth is people love us, all of us, they love us.
>> And while the Democrats made gains in these recent elections, the loss in Georgia in what was the most expensive House race in US history increases pressure on the Party ahead of next year's midterm elections. When all to the seats in the House and one-third of the Senate will be up for grabs.