Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela: Pelosi 'doesn't help our candidates'

"Now we know what New Hampshire looks like", said Chip Lake, a GOP consultant based in Georgia. "We need a vision. and we need a message".

Ryan, who has appeared on multiple networks to complain about the current direction, shot back, "this isn't fun for any of us". "Again, it's part of the broader national brand that average people don't feel connected to the Democratic Party".

These aren't the first rumblings against Pelosi. 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.

Defenders of Pelosi will rightly argue that her record of policy achievement is significant. Jaffe supports Medicare-for-All, one big issue that Pelosi has come under fire over by her constituents.

But Pelosi's critics have a point.

She also noted throughout the campaign that she's lived in the district for 25 years, unlike Ossoff, who grew up in the district but lives in Atlanta, a few miles south of the 6th District's southern border.

Some Democrats, though, have wanted her out, particularly after the party was unable to win back control in 2016, a year when the party was seen as having a decent chance of doing so.

Protestations aside, Handel often embraced the national tenor of the race, joining a GOP chorus that lambasted Ossoff as a "dangerous liberal" who was "hand-picked" by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

Everybody uses special elections to ratify whatever they thought before a single vote was counted. Those outside observers were fooled by Jon Ossoff's good showing in the "jungle primary" phase of first-round voting. Why did Republicans choose Nancy Pelosi after their other favorite fictional boogeyman under the bed President Obama is no longer available? The Republican campaign establishment, however, helped make up the difference.

As unpopular as Trump gets, Republican strategists are oddly confident that he, and not Ryan, will remain the star of attack ads - giving them a shot at telling voters the choice is really between Ryan and Pelosi for speaker. Had the Democrats won, it would have been a "major blow" to President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, and could have hindered the progress of the controversial Republican healthcare bill and other legislation. But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset.

"That is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections, sad to say", Pelosi added, in a reference to her unparalleled fundraising hauls.

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker".

- Political violence hurt the Democrats. It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective. For the Democrats as a whole, becoming the new Party of No does nothing for a public that across the spectrum demands actual solutions to real problems of income, healthcare, jobs and some coherent vision for the future.

Rep. Rice disagreed, saying, "There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that's well before, hopefully, November of next year". "I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion", she said. "We have to go into 2018 with a leader who has been damaged". It's what they do. Sanders continued, "Democrats did much better than was the case in the last election".

Why, for instance, are Democrats not offering their own blueprint for how healthcare needs to be tweaked and what could be done within the Obamacare framework to bring down insurance premiums? "They need a much more focused economic pitch".