"My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do".
But the group largely consisted of the same lawmakers who had tried, unsuccessfully, to topple Pelosi last November and have revived that effort this week.
In Politico, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel advises Democrats to do what he did, as House campaign chairman, in 2006: Recruit candidates with local roots and views suited to local terrain - and with sharp political instincts, which both parties' candidates seemed to lack in the special elections.
Democratic critics say it's time to change the party's House leadership, which has been static for over a decade, to make room for fresh voices and a new direction. "We've seen her run circles around (former House Speaker) John Boehner and get things done that nobody thought Democrats could do in the minority".
It's not just that national Democrats don't believe any give on these issues is necessary - they positively oppose it. Ossoff shattered fund-raising records, raising at least $23 million.
Ossoff's loss ultimately stemmed from his failure at the third task: persuading independents and never-Trumpers that he was the better choice.
"We will carry those key lessons forward in order to compete in districts as Republican-leaning as Georgia, and in the dozens of districts on our battlefield that are much more competitive,"Luján said."
While there are plenty of news reports highlighting how many people are calling for the House Minority Leader to step aside, few are also reporting that California's 12th District has another option. It's suburban, well-educated and affluent. Thus did Democrats sharply cut the Republicans' 2016 margins in Kansas and Montana districts earlier this year. When Democrats are trying to win districts or states where Trump triumphed, they're simply re-running the same failed strategy that sent Clinton down to defeat.
"I think we made great progress". "When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", she said.
But out of all the GOP candidates who have won in four special elections so far this year, Handel was the only one who actually over performed the president. Though this part of metro Atlanta is historically Republican, the national Democratic leadership had convinced itself that voter dislike of President Trump was enough to pull normally loyal Republicans into the Democratic column.
The Democrats were hit by a massive blow to the party Tuesday when Democrat Jon Ossoff lost the Georgia special election to Karen Handel, despite tens of millions of donations and celebrity backing. Lake, the GOP consultant, predicted Handel would face a primary but she'd easily dispatch her challengers.
But after what happened on Tuesday night in special congressional elections in Georgia and SC, I'm beginning to think the Democrats are never going to get exhausted of losing.
Had Ossoff won, Republicans would have quickly mobilized to win the seat back in 2018, potentially rallying around a different candidate.
Democrats supportive of Pelosi have long argued that even if she stepped aside, Republicans would demonize any new leader the party elevated.