The reality is that Pelosi represents one of the most liberal districts in the country's most liberal state. The vote was the largest bloc of opposition against Pelosi since she rose to leadership in 2002. Under Pelosi's watch, the party has suffered two overwhelming midterm election losses as well as the mother of all upsets in last year's presidential election. She'll take the oath during the Chamber's evening votes in Washington, D.C.
This year there have been four special congressional elections in Georgia, Montana, South Carolina, and Kansas that Democrats targeted as winnable races.
The Democrats have been bleeding seats while she's been patting herself on the back, and they don't want to blow what they see as a golden opportunity next year.
Democrats lost another congressional race in SC on Tuesday, in which the Republican candidate, Ralph Norman, defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in that state's 5th District.
Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive congressional election in history, with spending expected to have topped $50 million.
Pelosi is the face of the national Democratic Party. She's a wealthy, Bay Area progressive.
Pelosi seems to care more about her own personal political power than she does about candidates in places like the 6th District in Atlanta, where Ossoff could have potentially won that tight race.
Pelosi has been under fire by critics in her party who look to the recent special elections - in which Democrats lost to Republicans in all four cases - as a further sign that it is time for new party leadership.