Democrats secretly met to plan the ouster of top party leader

"And for a long time now, since I was elected whip and leader, it was always about 'do you support gay marriage?" "I don't know how many 'moral victories' the Democrats are going to be able to stomach before they realize it's time to actually start winning".

All Ossoff had going for him was a bunch of exaggerated national press from reporters outside the district, a bunch of endorsements from Hollywood types outside the district, a bunch of eager volunteers flooding into GA-6 from outside the district, and above all else, a giant pile of money raised from people outside the district-Ossoff donors from California outnumbered donors from Georgia by nearly ten to one. Throughout the two-month campaign, Republican candidate Karen Handel consistently labeled Democrat Jon Ossoff "Nancy Pelosi's handpicked candidate". Democrats have been overperforming in those races by historical margins.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

The Massachusetts Democrat, speaking on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Wednesday afternoon, made his comments following his party's failure to win a closely watched special election in Georgia. They must pick up 24 seats to do so. "We need a winning strategy and I think the first step to getting a winning strategy is a change in leadership", Rice said on CNN.

"I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader", said Pelosi, as she also touted her fundraising prowess. "I mean, does anybody in this room think that we're going to be discussing a single-payer?"

The fight for the Senate seat, deep in the heart of conservative country is a setback for Democrats who were hoping to make this election a referendum on the Donald Trump presidency, which is widely unpopular.

"Democrats both in our state and nationally have not learned their lessons from the loss in November", said Michael Joyce, a spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party.

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi".

Democrats have been doing plenty of self-reflection since they lost the special election in Georgia's sixth district on Tuesday.

The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.

Trump's tweet came amid criticism from some Democrats that Pelosi is becoming a drag on the party. Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.

However, Pelosi said she welcomes the questioning of her leadership - while also suggesting that her critics are just seeking media attention.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. He raised $23 million to her $4 million in the priciest House race in history. That's not exactly the kind of person the Democrats need to reconnect with the previously reliable voting blocs in middle America who fled them in droves a year ago. "They don't have Clinton or Obama, so this is what they do".

She said she feels "very confident" in the support she has from her caucus, but claimed ownership over the "timing" for her role as minority leader. "We don't agonize, we organize".

"She's a great fundraiser, but if the money we're raising through her leadership is not helping us win elections, we have to have this hard conversation now", Rice said.

  • Larry Hoffman