Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. Since 2002, Pelosi has hauled in $568 million for House Democratic campaigns - including $141 million during the 2016 campaign cycle.
"We're asking candidates in these deep, red districts to battle the Republican Party", he said.
"He had the advantage that he had $30 million to spend", Schale told Business Insider, "but at the same time he had never run for office before, didn't have real relationships with the district, didn't have sort of the characteristics that are helpful in a place like this".
But Pelosi continues to command great loyalty from many in the House, and she insisted her position was not in jeopardy.
Pelosi, meanwhile, remained upbeat - telling colleagues in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race".
"What was the Democratic message?" he asked.
The Democratic Party was dealt another blow in their bid to send an early message to the Trump administration.
"We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation". You go back to OH, they're not talking about Russian Federation. "People in OH don't grab me about Russian Federation at all when I'm home", Ryan said. We're overwhelmed with our anger towards Trump. "I get nearly no questions about Russian Federation".
"What happened on that ballfield was a awful tragedy and we need to all continue to lift up Steve and the others who were injured that day", Handel said. "So let's get started on winning the races where we really do have a chance".
"Despite the loss" in Tuesday's special House election in Georgia, wrote Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "we have a lot to be proud of".
Like Ryan, Moulton is also venting about the loss. Analysts say the legislation's unpopularity was a factor in Democrats losing control of the House in the 2010 election. "It's clear, that I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership". So it's time for change. He argued that when strategy doesn't work, there has to be repercussions at the top.
"I respect any opinion that my members have but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them". "That's the most important part".
"If we take back the House in 2018 then I think she'd stay leader", said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.
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.
For GOP consultants, the tie-every-Democrat-to-Pelosi is a tried-and-true strategy that's been working for more than six years.
Why the relentless focus on the Democratic congresswoman from San Francisco? "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that". "The Democratic Party needs new leadership now", he tweeted.
The National Republican Congressional Committee ran ads charging Ossoff would "represent Nancy Pelosi".
But others argue the push to reframe the Democratic agenda and bring in new leadership is premature. Yet voters weren't persuaded to switch teams, just as in other recent special House races in South Carolina, Montana and Kansas' 4th District, where Ron Estes' 7-point margin of victory was seen as prosciutto-thin.
"In the previous election - the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points".
Georgia's 6th District has been a Republican stronghold for decades, with former Speaker Newt Gingrich among the prominent GOP politicians who have held the seat. "We need a vision, right?"
"She's easy to demonize". And she remains the party's most prodigious fundraiser, bringing in $567.9 million for the party since she joined leadership in 2002. She said she would have voted for the House Republican health care bill, though she sometimes misrepresented its provisions in debates with Ossoff.
"Every effort was made to win last night". "We don't agonize. We organize".
"It works only 100 percent of the time", said Todd, the GOP ad-maker. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000.