(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump had some advice for Democrats Wednesday, after they lost the special congressional election in Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday:
“Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare,Tax Cuts,Security. Obstruction doesn’t work!” the president tweeted around 6:30 a.m. (The spacing and capital letters are his.)
Liberal news outlets, meanwhile, came up with their own analysis of what went wrong for Democrats.
The Washington Post, for example, headlined its analysis this way:
“Jon Ossoff chose civility in Georgia race. It failed. So how do Democrats beat Trump?” The blurb beneath that headline said: “The decisive loss is sure to spark more questions about what type of candidates and what type of message Democrats need in the Trump era.”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday that Ossoff’s loss is “not surprising,” given that he was running for a seat that’s been held by a Republican for almost four decades.
Anchor Chris Cuomo told Coons, “You have to figure out why all the negativity toward the president isn’t enough for people to switch, if they are Republicans, to Democrat. What are you not giving them?” Cuomo asked Coons.
“Well, Chris, I think our challenge is to put forward a strong and a clear agenda that helps middle Americans look at the two parties and look at the directions we’d like to take the country and say that they would rather have a Congress in the hands of Democrats.”
Coons noted that Republicans, who control the House, Senate and presidency, now have the opportunity to move their agenda in a way they haven’t had for a long time.
“And we need to be not just pointing at some of the excesses or even outrages of President Trump — some of the statements he made as a candidate, or some of the choices he’s making — and instead put forward a positive and constructive agenda. I think if we don’t do that, we won’t be successful in 2018. If we do do that, I think we’ve got a really strong chance of taking back the House,” Coons said.
Over on MSNBC, liberal Republican Joe Scarborough opined: “All the chips were pushed to the middle of the table here. This was a winner take all. And it was a huge win for republicans and a big loss for Democrats.”
Scarborough suggested that Ossoff may have been the wrong candidate because he’s young, doesn’t have a family and he hasn’t been deeply involved in community activities.
“If you get a guy or a woman that’s from the district that people have seen in worship services for 30 years; that know their families, they’re at the PTA — You know, you get a guy who’s a banker at a small community bank that talks, ‘Oh come on now, Jim. You know me – I’m going to represent you. I’m not going to represent that Nancy Pelosi.’” (Spoken with a southern drawl.)
Scarborough said moving further left will only cost Democrats more elections, particularly in the South.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told MSNBC on Tuesday morning that Democrats should be “hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires and the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody.”
(But wait, isn’t that what Democrats have been saying for many years? )
Murphy also said “the fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russia has been a distraction from what should be the clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda.”
Murphy said people in his district “are never talking about issues like Russia; they are not talking, frankly, about what’s on cable news at night.” Murphy said they are talking about wages, education, and public safety.
The Wednesday morning headline in Politico read: “Trump spikes the ball after Georgia election win.”
That was Politico’s response to Trump’s midnight tweet which said: “Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0.”