Learning From the Georgia Special Congressional Election

"This is the beginning of something much bigger than us", Ossoff said in his concession speech. But her time has come and gone, " Representative Kathleen Rice, Democrat of NY, said Thursday on MSNBC.

By the end of the campaign, Ossoff, for tactical reasons, toned down his anti-Trump message and tried to appeal to voters with a moderate message that emphasized fiscal conservatism. "I'm a master legislator". But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset.

"Right now, what I'm pushing for is a conversation within the caucus", Rice said.

Pelosi herself erupted about the GOP ads last week, after Republicans accused Democrats of overly harsh rhetoric in the wake of the shooting at the Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia. Trump wrote, referring to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"I don't know if there is a solution in the short term", Ryan said.

"The honest answer is: in some areas of the country, yes she is", Ryan told CNN's Don Lemon Wednesday evening in response to a question as to whether the congressman believed Pelosi is "more toxic" than President Donald Trump.

New York's own Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Nassau) is far from alone in saying, "It's time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team". "That still moves the needle", said Ryan.

Pelosi added that Republicans have long sought to target Democratic leaders in their advertising, "and usually they go after the most effective leaders".

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff, left, waves to the crowd while stepping offstage with his fiancee Alisha Kramer after conceding to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta, .

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance. Losses by Republicans in any of those races would likely have hastened the retirement of incumbents in competitive districts and would have emboldened strong potential Democratic candidates to jump in.

Pelosi:"I'm worth the trouble".

Although the party's hit some tough losses, Pelosi is standing behind her positive spirit.

She says Democrats "gave them a run for their money in all of them".

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who supported Pelosi's re-election last fall, told Politico on Wednesday, "I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top". According to CNN, Pelosi has helped the Democratic Party raise some $568 million since 2002.

Several prominent Democrats said the party needed to rethink its approach heading into next year's congressional elections, when Democrats need to pick up 24 seats to regain control of the House of Representatives.

  • Larry Hoffman