Democrats are still reeling from Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election previous year, and this week Democrat Jon Ossoff lost in Georgia's special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price - who is now secretary of Health and Human Services.
President Donald Trump taunted Nancy Pelosi in a tweet Thursday as Republicans and some Democrats have pinned the loss of the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District on the House minority leader.
The House Democratic leader is seeking to reassure Democrats dejected after a loss in a Georgia special election where the party invested millions of dollars. Pelosi is accused of being a "toxic" House Minority Leader who is tarnishing the Democratic brand and making it hard for voters to connect with the Democratic party.
In fact Pelosi, 77, has emerged as a favorite GOP bogeyman and was the target of a barrage of negative advertising in the Georgia House race, mocking her as a San Francisco liberal and tying her to Ossoff.
Pelosi's defiant comments came as Democrats remained angry and divided after throwing some $30 million into a House race in Georgia on Tuesday, only to end up with a loss that wasn't even very close. "The House remains in play now".
"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, who supported Pelosi in her last leadership race, Politico reported.
Kathleen Rice of NY, a frequent critic of Democrat leaders, told CNN's "New Day" that it's time for a leadership change and a winning strategy.
Kathleen Rice (D-NY) said that although current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been a great speaker, her time had "come and gone" as the leader of the Democratic caucus in the House. They argue that Democratic candidates will have a better shot on Election Day if they're not tied to Pelosi.
And for some, they point to questions about how their leaders, and Pelosi in particular, have fallen short in crafting an economic message that can counter Trump and yield election victories. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Seth Moulton of MA and Filemon Vela of Texas.
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) put it more bluntly: "Look we need to win, everything else is bulls***t". So it's time for change.
"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said.
President Donald Trump took to social media to mock both the House Minority Leader Democrat Rep. Nancy of Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY as politically beneficial targets for Republican candidates. Democrats have to pick up 24 House seats to get back into power.
No one can predict what might happen in these next 502 days.
Pelosi is a prolific fundraiser for her party, and a savvy legislator with few rivals on Capitol Hill when it comes to cutting the deals necessary to keep government in motion.
Rice's sentiment was echoed by other House Democrats in recent months including Reps.
"I mean, they're the ones that better be anxious".
That non-answer didn't work - so some Democrats on Wednesday were going further in distancing themselves from the former speaker.
Though Ossoff pitched to moderates on the economy, ads from both sides focused heavily on his support of and Handel's opposition to Planned Parenthood, and it's fair to ask whether the more than $700,000 Planned Parenthood itself spent on the race hurt or helped its candidate.
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