Especially painful was Jon Ossoff's three-percentage-point loss Tuesday in Georgia's 6th Congressional District after his campaign was buoyed by more than $23 million in donations, much of it from grassroots Democrats across the country eager to oppose President Donald Trump.
The race, which pits 30-year-old Democrat and political neophyte Jon Ossoff against Republican and Georgia's former secretary of state Karen Handel, is the most expensive House race in U.S. history. The piece pointed to how Democrats moving for congressional seats have won more support than either 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or former President Barack Obama.
"For Democrats, they've got to start thinking about how hard it's going to be to sell voters on a "change" environment in a "change" election if the answer to the question of 'Okay, who's [sic] Democrats going to put in as Speaker of the House, ' if the answer is still Nancy Pelosi", Todd said. I think, with a lot of local work, we can take back the House in 2018.
Other members were even more blunt in their assessment of the Georgia defeat and Pelosi's culpability.
Without singling out any Democratic detractor by name, Pelosi suggested they were promoting themselves at the expense of the party.
"She personally told me she was rock solid" with the president, said Webb, 70.
"A special thanks to the president of the United States of America", Handel said late Tuesday night as her supporters chanted, "Trump!"
She touts supply side economics, going so far as to say during one debate that she does "not support a living wage" - her way of explaining her opposition to a minimum-wage increase.
Price's seat is now up for grabs, and it's turned into the most high-stakes special election in years. Luckily for Democratic party bosses, the most helpful campaign boost-Mr Trump's penchant for self-made crisis-comes free.
"We need to be focused on next November, and what happens with the reality of health care and trade, tax policies and the impact on working men and women", said Rep.
And her top two deputies have also stayed in the Democratic leadership hierarchy for more than a decade: 78-year-old House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and 76-year-old Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.).
Others, like South Carolina Democratic House candidate Joe Cunningham, took to Twitter on Wednesday to publicly promise a break from current leadership if he gets elected.
But it was demoralizing for Democrats, who also lost a special election in neighboring SC. The data shows shrinking margins in all districts between both parties but laments the failure of the Democrats to capitalize "despite months of a Republican president being mired in scandal and a Republican Congress playing hot potato with an unpopular health bill".
But with Republicans re-energized after the Georgia win, they're praying she doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.
"This is not the time", Pelosi said. Pelosi held onto her position by a vote of 134 to 63.style="text-align: center;"