Pelosi said: "Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have".
With the Georgia victory, Republicans showed that they could still win in the kind of affluent, educated districts where Democrats have made gains and Trump's populist agenda was sometimes a tough sell.
Even Democrats acknowledge that Republicans have effectively mobilized their voters by using the former House speaker as a proxy for liberal rule in Washington.
With the president's approval numbers hovering below 40 percent, should the Democrats be anxious about their losing streak in what could be considered an election year's pre-season?
But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. "And once again, he proved, never underestimate him, and that the American people put him and other Republicans in place for a reason: They have an agenda". Years later, it was Pelosi, Obama and then-top Senate Democrat Harry Reid.
A dozen House Democrats huddled in the office of New York Rep. Kathleen Rice - an outspoken Pelosi critic - on Thursday afternoon, among them Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Stivers cautioned that there are still about 17 months until the midterms, when the president's party typically loses seats.
"It doesn't feel like the Democrats in Georgia really rose up, which I was hoping for", she said.
"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".
According to Atlantic monthly, "Compared with November's results, the GOP margins of victory declined from almost 16 points to 6 in Montana, 23 points to less than 4 in Georgia, 21 points to 3 in SC, and 31 to about 7 in Kansas.
While Democrats argue that Republicans would have tied Ossoff to any party bogeyman, the Pelosi connection seemed to carry particular sway with the voters they needed to attract. Allies and grassroots supporters were sent suggested tweets Thursday that urged Democrats not to ditch Pelosi in the middle of a high-stakes legislative battle over the future of health care reform.
"It says: Perhaps the approach that's being taken in Congress and by the president are more acceptable to a swing district or swing-voting parts of the country than people are predicting".
"Obviously, I wasn't too confident about it, as the Democrats had this massive fundraising advantage and there was all of this enthusiasm" on the left, said Curbelo, who represents a district that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSpecial election sweep boosts Trump agenda The Memo: Trump vote proves resilient in Georgia special election win Changing America, part V: The coming millennial boom MORE won previous year. And contrasts between party leaders and the base that were on display throughout the Democratic presidential primary still exist.
Owens pushed back against national debate over whether Ossoff ran a too progressive campaign or a too moderate campaign. "The fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russian Federation has been a distraction from what should be a clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda, which is on economics". "It seems like a flawless year to have outsiders who inspire in an authentic way".