A handful of House Democrats - from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who Pelosi beat for re-election to her leadership post late previous year - have raised fears that their party may not be able to win back the House with Pelosi leading the caucus. "Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. John Larson, D-Conn. "I'm a master legislator".
These Democrats might be on to something, especially in light of the way Pelosi figured into the Republican campaign in Georgia.
Despite the fact Georgia's 6 Dist. has been in Republican hands for decades - like the other races, as well - Democrats put a lot of money and hope behind Ossoff, a young up-and-comer with JFK-like qualities.
The political eyes of Texas were closely watching Georgia's special election, with both Texas Democrats and Republicans claiming the election bodes well for them in 2018.
All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.
Even Trump said in a tweet that he hoped Democrats don't force Pelosi out of her leadership role. Democrats need to net 24 seats to win back the House.
Wednesday, Pelosi stressed that now was the time for Democrats to come together.
"Republicans blew through millions to keep a ruby-red seat, and in their desperate rush to stop the hemorrhaging, they've returned to demonizing the party's strongest fund-raiser and consensus builder", Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, told The New York Times.
"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.
Instead of a win or even a razor-thin loss by Democrat Jon Ossoff that many had expected, Republican Karen Handel ended up winning by a relatively comfortable 4 percentage point margin in the wealthy suburban Atlanta district previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Pelosi brushed off the tweet, contending that Trump hadn't actually written it himself because "it's a classic Republican line". It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective.
Kathleen Rice, one of a small group who has gone public with the message that Pelosi should go, hosted a dozen Democrats in her office Thursday for an hour-long strategy session. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House. Why else would they have poured millions into a single house race and have all of the windbag liberal-leaning media outlets play it up so much?