Democrats knew the seat was winnable, or they wouldn't have poured millions of dollars into the race.
With the president's approval numbers hovering below 40 percent, should the Democrats be anxious about their losing streak in what could be considered an election year's pre-season?
"We put a lot of resources, a lot of fight, and close is only good in horseshoes", said Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. Their action plan: Keep talking.
It's about all they can do. Rice said other Democrats she had spoken to were calling for new leadership across the board.
Let me pause here to say that just as winning this race for Republicans was a morale booster, losing this race definitely kicks Democrats in the gut.
"I'm sure that Nancy Pelosi believes that she is the one that can lead this party". Republican groups spent millions on television ads linking Ossoff to Pelosi, portraying him as a captive of the party's liberal wing despite Ossoff's efforts to present a more moderate image.
Asked if Pelosi should remain the top House Democratic leader in the next Congress, her number two, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, told reporters "I understand that she is intending to stay" and added "I don't think anybody is going to impeach her". It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective. "We gave them a run for their money".
Democrats had hoped Georgia would provide a breakthrough for a party trying to harvest electoral victories from the grassroots anti-Trump activism seen in marches on Washington and boisterous crowds at town hall meetings around the country.
At a press conference Thursday morning, Pelosi dismissed the criticism. Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future.
"I don't know that it's possible at this point to change our party leadership", Moulton said.
Trump seems to enjoy the focus on Pelosi, taking another jab Friday after tweeting about her the day before.
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. A defiant Pelosi said she's "worth the trouble". "We're a family. We're going to have those discussions". Vela said that Nancy isn't the only reason that Jon lost, but she is one of the reasons.
"I love the arena".
Ryan, who has appeared on multiple networks to complain about the current direction, shot back, "this isn't fun for any of us".