The high expectations that Pelosi set for Tuesday's special election in Georgia may prove to be her undoing.
"We showed the world that in places where no one thought it was even possible we could fight (that) we could fight", Ossoff told supporters.
"Thanks to everyone who breathlessly and snarkily proclaimed #GA0-6 as a 'referendum on POTUS @realDonaldTrump, ' " counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted.
But after Donald Trump took office and Republicans dove into their agenda of repealing former President Barack Obama's health care law, Democrats' united opposition papered over their divisions and their generational divides.
"The president is obviously happy with both of the wins", Trump spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said. The victor, Ralph Norman, won by an even slimmer margin than Handel in a district Mulvaney carried by 20 last fall, defeating the relatively unknown and underfunded Archie Parnell.
Both the Georgia and SC losses, Clyburn said, had nothing to do with Pelosi in his view, but he said that Republican outside spending - which largely highlighted her - "had a tremendous adverse impact, no question about that". Handel won the Georgia seat in part because the glut of out-of-state donations to Ossof attracted the kind of attention that boosts GOP turnout.More news: What's next on health care draft in Congress
The RNC also deserves a great deal of credit following the victory. "And you can't get away from the fact that in Georgia this was seen as a test of whether the resistance by Democrats was going to overpower the Republicans or whether the Trump vote would hold". Keep raising the concern that something needs to change within the ranks of the party's leadership. But he said it should send a strong signal to Democrats thinking about taking back the White House. Most notable was the appearance of Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Even though Democrats haven't held the seat since 1978, they believed an Ossoff victory would show how traditional Republican voters had soured on the party. "This is something we need to finish, '" Cole said, "so I think that's an important message from our base to our members". "We were probably too optimistic".
The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads against her have taken their toll when it comes to public opinion.
"I think she's one of the best speakers ever, and I am glad to support her", said Rep. By next summer, it will be clear if voters are clamoring for change.
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who also attended the meeting, said, "in every corner of our caucus, we're concerned". A GOP loss would have increased the chances of more GOP retirements before 2018; a GOP win, no matter how narrow, encourages incumbents to stick around. "It would have to be a wave election".
It's no, we need to rebuild the country; you're going to work now and we'll train you while you're hired as an apprentice to get you back to work. "You know, when I was growing up, and you'd ask my grandfather or my grandmother, you know, why are we democrats, and it was the Democrats are for working class people". I see that Democrats are coming out, and they're not coming out perhaps in the numbers you them to come out in. "They don't want to see a lot of changes, people are exhausted of change, but this is America, this is what we do!"
When the top post among House Democrats might open up, though, Pelosi hasn't said.
But with Republicans re-energized after the Georgia win, they're praying she doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.