Representative Kathleen Rice from NY claimed that she's been approached by an increasing number of members of the Democratic caucus, telling her that the party needs to move forward with new leadership and without Pelosi.
Despite the string of losses in special elections, some Democrats said there were reasons to be encouraged.
$50 million, the most expensive in history. "And you can't get away from the fact that in Georgia this was seen as a test of whether the resistance by Democrats was going to overpower the Republicans or whether the Trump vote would hold".
Democrats on Tuesday also lost a special election in neighboring SC, where Republican Ralph Norman easily prevailed over Democrat Archie Parnell in a seat formerly held by Republican Mick Mulvaney, who is now Trump's budget director.
Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for minority leader a year ago, told Business Insider he did not know how Democrats could take the House in 2018 if the GOP was successfully able to convince independents and Republicans that a vote for a Democratic candidate is essentially a vote for Pelosi's leadership.
Trump's election as president had papered over the intraparty disputes and generational divides among House Democrats, as lawmakers joined in opposing the White House and trying to channel the energy of their party's liberal base.
A decade of Republican campaigning against Pelosi has made her the gift to Republicans that keeps on giving.
Indeed the best news Democrats got Tuesday night was a different special House race, in SC, ended up closer than the Georgia contest even though it had drawn little national attention. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet. So we need to move forward and get more victories like that, and then put ourselves in the majority so that we can cut our time in Hell in this country in half in 2018". Debbie Dingell of MI.
"We don't agonize, we organize", she said of her party.
That's the skill and experience we have in Nancy Pelosi. They were at risk of losing it to a 30-year-old who had no prior political experience.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who many have touted as a rising star in the party, attended the session, according to three Democrats who also attended.
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.
Democrats have a target-rich environment next year, starting with 23 Republican-held districts where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won a majority of the vote.