"They will do this to any and every Democratic leader because the only thing sustaining their majority is desperation", said Drew Hammill, Pelosi's spokesperson. So it's time for change. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".
"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said.
Other members were even more blunt in their assessment of the Georgia defeat and Pelosi's culpability. "You know me", she says, adding often that Ossoff has "no record" and "inflates his resume". One could argue that this is precisely the reason that Trump was elected president in the first place.
Pelosi herself erupted about the GOP ads last week, after Republicans accused Democrats of overly harsh rhetoric in the wake of the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia. "Karen Handel ran a relentlessly localized campaign that focused on that perspective". But Democrats after Tuesday's vote are divided, sitting in a circular firing squad where no one can agree why they lost and who deserves blame. "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that". The daughter and sister of former Baltimore mayors, she rose quickly through Democratic ranks in the 1980s as California party chairman, then finance chair for the party's Senate campaign committee.
It is well-known that this was the most expensive House race in history, and Ossoff raised contributions from all over the nation, more than $23 million by election day.
Later this year, there will also be special elections for seats vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R), who previously served as the junior senator from Alabama. And they point out that even if Georgia's 6th District, which the president only narrowly carried, wasn't Trump Country, it was still a reliably red area that was going to be hard to overcome. Ossoff hopes to maximize the district's Democratic base and pick up just enough independents and moderate Republicans who don't align with Trump. It would not have been a crucial blow to Trump if Ossoff had won in Georgia, and it's not a devastating blow to Democrats that, despite raising $25 million, he couldn't win in a heavily Republican district.
"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership", the MA lawmaker said.
"She's easy to demonize".
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, noting Clinton's narrow 1-point loss to Trump in the Sixth District and the 7-to-1 fundraising edge Ossoff had over Handel, said early on election night, "This should not be close".
That's right, for all the whining and handwringing, after all the attack ads and cheap shots, by some measures, Paul Ryan is actually less popular than Nancy Pelosi. He is the host of a new national politics podcast, "Mack on Politics", produced in partnership with The Washington Times. She welcomed him for a fundraiser in late April, but it was closed.
Despite all this, media freaked out a bit after the returns came in Tuesday night, emphasizing that Handel's win would encourage Republicans on Capitol Hill to crush Obamacare (as if they aren't set upon doing that anyway).
She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy.
Trump sent supporters a text message crowing, "Congrats to Karen Handel on a HUGE win in GA!"
Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.