Tuesday's highly-anticipated runoff was the most expensive House campaign in history, with a price tag of more than $50 million.
But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. "I don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country". "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party". "And I say that ladies and gentlemen in regards to both sides of the political aisle". But pressed if she had any plans to go anywhere, she replied "no". The Democratic mantra this year has been "resist", a call to the barricades that energizes their base but apparently does nothing to attract more people to the cause.
"Look, I think the Democratic Party has to come to terms with the fact that what we're doing isn't working", Moulton said.
In Atlanta, ads from Congressional Leadership Fund that tied Democrat Jon Ossoff to Pelosi blanketed the airwaves. Pelosi, Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Jim Clyburn of SC were elected in November to those positions for the current session of Congress.
She said the Democrats "gave them a run for their money in all of them".
"I stand before you, extraordinarily humbled and honoured at the tremendous privilege and responsibility you. have given me", she told a crowd that chanted Mr Trump's name.
"There are about a handful of people who are now seriously considering it", Rice said.
While Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership in the past - the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader previous year - the party's successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership. "All we do is win, win, win".
It is the type of district Democrats have to do well in come 2018 to flip the 24 seats they need to win back the House. "We need a vision, right?"
"In the districts where we are truly competitive, I don't think that [anti-Pelosi] message is going to hold very much", said Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif. We don't have either one of those.
One special election 18 months before the national midterms is just a data point, of course; extrapolating national trends from such a unique race as Georgia's is unsound.
"We have closed the gap dramatically", said Rep. Keith Ellison, who lost a bid to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Jesse Ferguson, a top spokesman for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, said that any change in party focus has to leave room for candidates to create their own nuance. "You show them you are a good worker on the local level".
Democracy in Color recommends that the party put an end to campaigns such as Ossoff's, which focused on his pledge to work across the aisle and championed conservative issues such as government waste.
The president also praised his administration's succession from the Paris climate accord, job growth, new policy on Cuba, and appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, while criticizing the "fake news" outlets for not giving him credit for his accomplishments.
Overall, Wasserman found, Democrats outperformed the voting tendencies of their districts by 8 percentage points in this year's special elections, a good omen for 2018 even if they did not win a single one of the open seats. "The House remains in play now".