"As we sit here, they're running caricatures of me in Georgia", Pelosi said.

Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff by more than four percentage points and Ossoff failed to reach the 48% mark that he topped in the initial round of voting.

And after Republican Karen Handel pulled out the win, the leadership-backed superPAC said using the Democratic leader prominently was one of its most effective tactics.

President Donald Trump's approval ratings are not that stellar, around what George W. Bush's were before the 2006 wave. I wasn't surprised that Handel won by five points.

Asked if that meant Pelosi should go, Moulton - who backed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan's challenge to Pelosi's leadership post past year - said: "I think that's a question for the caucus to decide". He also blamed Democrats for stalling the GOP health care bill.

Such attitudes support the feeling that Trump and the Republicans did not win the Presidency and control of Congress. Clinton and the Democrats lost their chance to hold on to the White House and take over Congress because they simply offered more of the same and that was not what voters wanted.

Did Democrats count too much on the intensity of their own base - all those liberals who have taken to the streets and packed town hall meetings because Trump has turned into their worst nightmare? Instead, Ryan argued voters want to know how Democrats will address economic concerns and grow jobs, and so far the party doesn't have a coherent message on that. "Is that what you're saying?" How do you get them there? People in Ohio, Don, aren't really talking about Russian Federation or Michael Flynn or Putin ... We're overwhelmed with our anger towards Trump.

"When she won", he added, "they couldn't get out of there fast enough". "And we better focus", Ryan said.

This is not where the Democrats will find victory. "If you stay mad, you stay angry, you're unproductive". "I want to vote for someone else in 2020 but it can not be another part of the problem".

"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. So it's time for change. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party", he said.

"We are making progress like no one can believe", he said.

"I think she's one of the best speakers ever, and I am glad to support her", he told Politico.

The losses left many Democrats looking for a new way forward to mount an opposition to President Trump.

Pelosi is a prolific fundraiser for her party, and a savvy legislator with few rivals on Capitol Hill when it comes to cutting the deals necessary to keep government in motion.

For GOP consultants, 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 controlling part of the Democratic party can't stand Sanders.

Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that there are 71 districts that will be more favourable for Democrats to contest than the one in Georgia.

That leaves Georgia Democratic Chairman Dubose Porter and other Democrats claiming some hope from Ossoff's defeat as both parties look ahead to the 2018 elections, when Democrats will try to dent Republicans' monopoly on statewide offices and the legislature.

Democrats pumped tens of millions of dollars to boost Ossoff in a GOP stronghold that narrowly elected President Trump in November. Most were won years ago by Democrats in elections in which the persistent partisan patterns held true. "The same, exhausted centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice".

Trump says at a rally in Cedar Rapid, Iowa: "I wish we would have a little more help with respect to North Korea from China".

Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey said, "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses".

In that sense, these Democratic losses are entirely consistent with the possibility of a House takeover. Last cycle alone, she raised $141.5 million.

None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership.

Karen Handel made history on Tuesday night.

"We will rebuild rural America".

That's because they think she helps them win elections.

"It works only 100 percent of the time", said Todd, the GOP ad-maker. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi past year, at $592,500.