After four special elections nationwide, Democrats still haven't won any seats. The question of whether the Democratic Party can succeed in district races preoccupies many, including the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board.
The special elections have been held in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC, districts that are heavily conservative.
JOE CROWLEY: We're disappointed. Their two most powerful members in Congress are Chuck Schumer, a NY senator, and Pelosi, a San Francisco elitist. We've lost traditional Democratic voters that don't see us as connecting to them. "They're winning so we have to address that reality".
She's been under fire over the last couple days, with some of her own caucus members saying it's time for her to step down, and potential Democratic candidates planning to run against her in their campaigns.
"Tonight, the people of Georgia's sixth district overwhelmingly voted not only for Karen, but also for President Trump's agenda of replacing our broken health care system, reforming an outdated tax code, and prioritizing infrastructure investment", said Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
The president, for his part, tweeted that "the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!"
Those sentiments also were reflected by Ryan and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts), while Pelosi said Thursday at a press conference that she was "worth the trouble" and loved "the fray". That's not a winner's mentality. He says the defeat better be a wakeup call for Democrats. Ryan added, "I don't think it's fair".
Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas told Politico that Pelosi will continue to be an albatross for Democrats if she remains. You're responsible for everything your platoon does or fails to do. "I don't think any party should allow the opposite party to choose their leaders".
"Clearly, we're coming off an election, and she's been getting pounded now for 10 years with negative ads from the Republicans".
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ossoff lived and worked with the liberals in Washington.
Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason Ossoff lost".
Handel's swearing in comes less than a week after her wider-than-expected victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in a nationally-watched special election that was viewed as a referendum on President Donald Trump. And everybody knows where I stand on this. The only congressional leader who Americans disapprove of about as much is House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is viewed unfavorably by 45 percent of Americans.
Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race. They are worrying about paying their bills.
"She's easy to demonize". We're used to that.
Despite the backlash from some Democrats, Pelosi still has a strong base of support within the party. Some on the left argued for a sharper progressive message and more pointed attacks on Republicans and Trump, while Democrats from Midwestern and working-class districts emphasized the importance of an economic message that could appeal to working class voters who were drawn to Trump. And we need a message.
"There are 71 House congressional seats that are more competitive than Georgia's 6th - 71!" On abortion, where public opinion has been stable, Democrats have ditched their old attempts at moderation, undercutting the gains that secularization and the liberal turn on other culture-war issues should have naturally delivered them.style="text-align: center;"