Despite spending almost $40 million on his campaign, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost the runoff election for the Sixth Congressional District in Georgia to Republican Karen Handel, who had trailed badly in the first round of voting held in April.
Now, in the wake of the loss in Georgia and three other House special elections where Democrats failed to pull off upset wins, those divisions are rising back up to the surface.
Also, if you were wondering, the answer to your question is yes.
The Democrats can't craft a compelling economic message, according to the Times, because the economy is booming and the people have never had it so good. But there is a reason President Trump chose appointees from those districts: They were supposed to be safe GOP seats. In the state's House chamber, Democrats back then controlled 114 seats to Republicans' 37. Probably not. Did Georgia make Republicans feel better and Democrats worse?
As Democrats seek to regroup, they are hobbled by a glaring omission: no clear party protagonist has emerged as a potential challenger to Trump in 2020. He may have had flaws, but he and the Democrats turned out lots of voters. He said speaker, but at this point-that's a stretch to project a Democratic takeover when they just had the rug ripped from under them in Georgia.
As rumblings of dissatisfaction with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi grow among Democrats, Rep. Seth Moulton said her future "certainly" needed to be a topic of discussion. The current debate is concerned with whether Pelosi is being made into a scapegoat, or if she's the person most responsible for the Democrats' political setbacks. Pelosi, a fighter, has brushed aside the criticism. Without detailed information about the voters there, the postmortems are an exercise in wishful thinking: Republicans diverted attention to the silly and inconsequential; the polls are wrong and voters really like Trump; Ossoff was all sizzle and no steak, and voters care about ideas. That's what's happened to the Democratic Party.
History says a president with approval ratings as low as Trump's usually sustain substantial midterm losses.
"When was the last time you heard us talk about those people?"
Said Rice: "The Republican playbook has been very successful". The Democrats had this one.
In a memo this past week, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Ben Ray Lujan described at least 71 districts that are more competitive than the four contested so far this year. Liberal New York Times columnist Frank Bruni called Democrats "demoralized yet again".
Despite having a huge financial advantage, Mr. Ossoff underperformed Hillary Clinton's 2016 performance in this district.
Democrats are, well, blue because a loss is a loss.
What we learned from Tuesday's special congressional election in Georgia is that there is no magical solution to the country's Trump problem. Trump showed the limits of that strategy. Trump barely won the affluent, well-educated district in November, trailing the usual GOP benchmark here by double-digits.
Influential voices like former vice president Joe Biden believe the Democrats still have not heeded the lessons of last year's loss and continue to ignore working class voters.
Those polar views the day after Handel's 4-point win over Ossoff can be partly attributed to sheer partisanship - voters seeing the world through their party identity.
The Georgia district had the highest percentage of college graduates of any in the nation.
Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, makes a heart with her fingers as she speaks to supporters during a brief appearance at her election night party at the Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday. Loyalty to party was strong enough to allow Karen Handel to prevail.