Some Republican members have said that it would be good for their party if Pelosi remains the top Democrat in the House. "But this is something we certainly have to discuss, because it's clear that I think across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership".
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. "We clearly need to have the right message and the right messengers to show the American people that we can help and that we have a vision, that we have a plan". But there's a pattern and pace to the democratic process that comes in the form of regularly scheduled national elections, like the one to be held in November 2018. President Obama won two national elections handily while the Democratic Party was suffering a series of debilitating defeats that has left it in the worst shape it's been in almost a century.
These aren't the first rumblings against Pelosi.
"So you want me to sing my praises?" A defiant Pelosi said she's "worth the trouble". It would be one thing if the Russians had disseminated lies about Hillary Clinton, but instead they exposed damaging truths about her.
Pelosi's most logical challenger would be Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., 55, the House Democratic Caucus chairman. Her leadership team is composed of South Carolina's James Clyburn, who is 76, and Steny Hoyer, who is 78.
I can't remember the last time I heard Democrats beating themselves up this intensely and openly. If both stay true, the result may be akin to 2010, when a so-called wave election swept House Democrats from power in the wake of public opposition to ObamaCare.
The Republicans have a real shot to retain control of the House in a political climate that would doom them under typical circumstances.
While there were surely many reasons for Ossoff's eventual failure to flip the sixth, his loss has provided Democrats with an excuse to do some necessary soul-searching as 2018 approaches. "Republicans holding onto their seat, Karen Handel winning".
It's emblematic of the one campaign skill that Republicans have consistently mastered - demonizing their political opponents. They are left to depend upon divisions within the GOP to derail the bill. It's that she's not somehow weirdly unpopular - she's just a congressional leader, and their higher profiles tends to mean that people have stronger, more negative opinions of them. Numerous criticisms of Hillary Clinton uttered during the Democratic primary campaign by Bernie Sanders and others traced their lineage to Republican condemnations against her and her husband that had been first trotted out in the 1990s. She told reporters on Friday that she is confident that she retains support among her fellow Democrats. On Thursday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a press release attacking Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen over her ties to Pelosi.
The president's party just about always loses seats in the midterm elections, and it generally gets clobbered when the president's approval rating is beneath 50 percent, much less beneath 40.
Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said he heard from several senior Democrats Tuesday night who were less than pleased with Pelosi's impact on the Georgia race.
CBS and ABC cannot take the called for leadership change seriously if they want too, but it won't help Pelosi or the Democrats if that's what is really needed.
"It would be a very, very sad day for Republicans if she steps down. But her time has come and gone". It's what they do.