On the other hand, the massive amount of attention devoted to the race ensured everyone in the district knew about the election, when it would take place, who the candidates were and what party each one represented.
"If we take back the House in 2018 then I think she'd stay leader", said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. But to suggest they need new leadership when they are advancing on safe Republican territory and forcing Republicans to spend millions to defend safe districts is purely emotional. A quarter-century later, as The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted in a recent column, it's hard to find a center bloc in USA politics any more.
It's about all they can do.
"The Republican playbook for the past four election cycles has been very focused, very clear: It's been an attack on our leader", Ms. Rice said.
"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus.""Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. John Larson, D-Conn. "But her time has come and gone", Kathleen Rice, a Democratic congressman from NY, said on MSNBC yesterday morning.
"There's all this money flowing into these races, but they still can't find the best candidates for a lot of these districts".
Does anyone actually think that Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer delivering geriatric outrage at staged press conferences are going to lead the party back into power? Tim Ryan of Ohio, Seth Moulton of MA and Filemon Vela of Texas.
University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock said the large number of uncompetitive districts in his home state may be due less to gerrymandering than to naturally segregated demographics, with Democratic-inclined black residents living in different areas than Republican-leaning white voters.
Those perceived as members of the "Democratic establishment" have always been unpopular among progressives seeking to rebrand the party, but criticism of Pelosi has never been so sharp and vitriolic. Whatever Democratic activists think, a majority of Americans do not want what they are selling.
"In other words, the state Democratic Party is severely divided, as Ellis underscored after the party failed to win the seat in Georgia this week, taking to Twitter to declare, "#dem establishment hacks worst in biz.
We're told Ryan's office is looking to swear Handel in at the same time as Ralph Norman, the Republican who won South Carolina's special election on Tuesday night. "People in OH don't grab me about Russian Federation at all when I'm home", Ryan said.
After a bit of crowing about the failure of "fake news" fueled, big spending candidates and a shout-out to Fox News, President Donald Trump offered up this: "Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts, Security".
"I'd like to keep her right where she is, because our record is extraordinary against her", Trump said in a Fox News interview. One reason Ossoff came so close to winning the district in the first round is that many Republicans, perhaps baffled by the dozen or so candidates, didn't vote. Trump's election doesn't necessarily settle the internecine argument between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic party in favor of full blown socialism, but it does at least make the case that a robust, easily identifiable policy agenda is necessary.