South Carolina Democrats are seeking the same silver lining after Archie Parnell lost a congressional special election there Tuesday night by essentially the same margin as Ossoff.
Ossoff raked in a lot of cash of from President Donald Trump foes in Hollywood and Silicon Valley and was the recipient of many celebrity endorsements in his bid to capture the Republican-leaning district that the president only won in November by about one percent over Hillary Clinton. "We will take the many lessons learned from Georgia's 6th District and apply them to the battlefield, which consists of many districts that are fundamentally far more competitive". "Personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".
Heading into Tuesday, Democrats were prepared to bask in their self-righteous glory and proclaim an outright victory in the wake of President Trump's political decline. Meanwhile, Handel, a veteran politician, showed partisan tribalism goes both ways. "But, clearly, these ads using her, linking her to our candidates is still working".
Nonetheless, Republicans shouldn't get too cocky.
After losing both special congressional elections held Tuesday, it's become clear that Democrats face a hard path to reclaiming the nation's Republican-controlled legislature in 2018.
Democrats came close but still lost in special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC.
"I am not going to Monday morning quarterback on Jon Ossoff's race, which was a remarkable race, an incredible gain from where the last Republican that ran was 22 points up, and we were two points lower than 50 percent, in a race that was not supposed to ever even be feasible", Orrock declared.
Pelosi insists Democrats still have a shot at winning the majority in next year's midterm elections, saying, "The House remains in play now".
And as long as they remain so angry at Trump they can't think straight, I say, "Stay angry, my friends".
A handful of Democrats have publicly said that after losing four special elections since January, especially a race in the Atlanta suburbs earlier this week, and failing to regain the majority in the House in the last four national elections, their party needs new leadership in the House.
Even though millions were pouring in from progressives and left of center Democrats, who undoubtedly support key groups doing work for social and economic justice, those groups never really left a mark on the message of his campaign.
And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance. But with Handel comfortably pulling through to claim her seat, Democrats are left with nothing to show for their tens of millions of dollars and full-court press.
Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi's position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections hard.
Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.
"Ossoff's problem is that he didn't win the first round", Brian Fallon, senior adviser to Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, said in an interview.
Ryan said, "In the four races they get the Trump proxy".
Democratic leaders said there are at least 70 other districts that will be easier terrain for them than the one in Georgia after post-census gerrymandering in GOP-led states created so many heavily Republican districts.
Yet Handel often embraced the national tenor of the race, joining a GOP chorus that lambasted Ossoff as a "dangerous liberal" who was "hand-picked" by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
It likely would have sped up House GOP retirements, forcing party officials to recruit new candidates in safe seats and raise more money.