Republicans Should Learn To Love Nancy Pelosi

Remember back before the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District when the battle between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel was actually a referendum on the early performance of President Trump?

But then, when Handel won by more than double the margin by which Trump carried the district last November, how the media conceded Trump support actually might be increasing in what is now a swing district in suburban Atlanta?

Of course, that second part never happened. Instead, the focus has been on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and whether she has become such a drag on Democratic Party candidates that they can't win.

Ossoff ran to "stop Trump." Handel ran against Pelosi. Ossoff got 48 percent in the primary to 19 for Handel. But more than $50 million later – the most ever spent on a House special election – Handel got nearly 52 percent, and Ossoff barely 48.

Democrats' spin is that they made a real race out of a district that Republican Tom Price, now secretary of health and human services, carried by 23 points. But this no longer is a ruby red district, and it's one of just 15 in the country where more than half the adults have a college degree – a demographic thought not to be in the president's favor.

Trump carried the district by just 1.5 percent. But Handel won by nearly four.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at the Washington Examiner

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