"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus", Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol after Republicans featured her in nearly every ad attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia congressional race which he lost Tuesday. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party".
Pelosi allies have pushed back at the blame game and pointed to the improvement Democrats had in other special elections in Kansas, Montana and SC as evidence that their efforts to harness the resistance against Trump was working.
That reality was the subtext for Pelosi's taunting remarks Thursday in which she cast her Democratic critics as hungry for attention rather than serious about ousting her.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who mounted a stronger-than-expected challenge to Pelosi in last year's House leadership elections, said on Wednesday that Pelosi is toxic in some parts of the country. Seth Moulton, who joined some other Democrats Wednesday night on CNN in saying it was time for Pelosi to go.
A successful Republican strategy in Tuesday's race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District included promoting a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message to drive out the conservative base.
However, for San Franciscan Pelosi and the Democrats to recapture the House, they would have to not only hold all of their seats next year but also win 24 of those now held by the majority Republicans. I have enormous respect for her. I'm a strategic, politically astute leader. One prime reason: Nancy Pelosi.
When asked about the President's comments, Pelosi said "I think they wrote that for him, it's a classic Republican line". "It'd be interesting to see if, what'd they say if I was from some other place". 'Nor is it accurate. Are they doing everything perfectly? No. We have to address that reality'. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party", he said. "I happen to have a different opinion, and I think it's important for people in my position to not be afraid to speak truth to power". "And at some point I don't think we should sit back and take it".
'I mean, I wish it wasn't true, ' he added.
"It's a tactic. And it's self-evident", Pelosi said.
'You know what, the honest answer is in some areas of the country - yes, she is. Big donors to the party's congressional campaign committee were also available to Pelosi through her "Speaker's Cabinet" program, which gave them special access to the Democratic leader.
President Donald Trump is lashing out at top Democrats on Twitter.
The Washington Times noted Pelosi, as House speaker, staked her majority on attempting to pass a major piece of legislation to limit US greenhouse gas emissions. "We have all the ads done".
As BPR reported earlier, everyone from celebs to Dem colleagues are mulling over the possibility that it might be time to end the longtime San Francisco Congresswoman's reign in D.C. One reason Ossoff came so close to winning the district in the first round is that many Republicans, perhaps baffled by the dozen or so candidates, didn't vote.
'We'd love to have the question be in 2018, Nancy Pelosi versus Paul Ryan, ' Gingrich added.
The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes.
"One of the disappointing things from the last couple days is that that approach has a little bit of punch to it, it still moves voters", Ryan said.