Pelosi Defends Leadership Following Special Election Loss

Pelosi also responded to President Donald Trump's tweet that ousting her "would be very bad for the Republican Party".

Yarmuth said "a fair amount of Democrats" agree that the current 35 percent corporate tax rate is too high and should be more competitive with other countries.

Roughly a dozen frustrated Democrats huddled Thursday on Capitol Hill to discuss the party's path back to the majority - a process some lawmakers maintain can't happen with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) remaining at the helm.

The news peg for these recriminations, of course, is the Democrats losing Tuesday's special election for a House seat in Georgia.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2006 the "three dirty words" were in vogue as Democrats threatened to retake the House, elevating Pelosi to the speaker position.

Asked if Democrats can win in 2018 while GOP groups run attack ads featuring Pelosi, Ryan said "it's going to make things a heck of a lot harder". She has beat back all comers, including last fall, when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise.

Democrats slam the Republicans' health care proposal, which they've been drafting in secret. I just feel like we're so disconnected from what real people are thinking about.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, expressed optimism that Democrats can still take control of Congress' lower chamber next year, declaring, "The House is in play".

"Everybody knows where I stand on this". Looking toward 2018, if Democrats could not win these open seats and, in Georgia 6, could not win despite record spending, how well will they fare against incumbents next year?

"The energy is still on our side", Lujan said.

There was little soul searching in the wake of the devastating loss in Georgia, he wrote, noting Pelosi told her troops: "We can not be taking full responsibility for what happened in the election. All of you, together", Pelosi said.

"Honor & Duty must be restored in Congress". Consider this: A third of Democrats in Congress come from just three states - California, Massachusetts and NY. Any reasonable person should have been able to look objectively at the data and see that district was a Republican district.

Part of the dilemma facing Pelosi's critics is the simple fact that no one has volunteered to take her on.

"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership".

"Ossoff's problem is that he didn't win the first round", Brian Fallon, senior adviser to Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, said in an interview.

"Whether she's a leader or not is up to the caucus to decide", Moulton said.

That was painfully evident in Georgia, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff failed to win this week, despite spending upwards of $30 million in what ended up being the most expensive House election in US political history.

Republicans won on marginal Republican turf, but it was closer than past elections would have suggested it should be.

The Georgia contest was the most expensive House race in history, and the GOP dusted off the same playbook it has used effectively since the Republican wave of 2010: Hammering Democratic candidates with a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message that drives out the conservative base.

"She will have to pick some issues she disagrees with the president on, going forward", the GOP aide said.