Republican Ralph Norman defeated Archie Parnell in Tuesday's special election for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, and in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive House race in history.
Rice's criticisms have been joined by a couple other Democrats.
In this March 28, 2017 photo, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.
On Thursday, Rep. Tim Ryan said Democrats need to stand up for social issues, but "the thrust of our message needs to be an economic one" that mirrors what people of all backgrounds are talking about at their kitchen tables.
The response from some: It better be.
These remarks followed heavy criticism from Democratic lawmakers of Pelosi's leadership following Tuesday's special election losses in Georgia and SC. They represent the discredited Status Quo Democratic Party Elite.
While Rice acknowledged the credit Pelosi has been given by her colleagues for being a great fundraiser, Rice noted that the money hasn't helped Democrats win elections.
In the days since the race, an increasing number of Democrats have said that the party's failure to capitalize in Georgia on Trump's unpopularity was evidence of not having a winning message any longer, particularly regarding the economy. "The House remains in play now".
"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership".
"As we sit here, they're running caricatures of me in Georgia", Pelosi said.
She would also know that Trump owes his presidency as much to votes from disgruntled Democrats who once voted for Obama twice, as he does to rural Republican voters.
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. Trump wrote, referring to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "Time to move forward and win again", tweeted Joe Cunningham, a Democrat who is running against Rep. Mark Sanford in SC.
Pelosi said she didn't want to hear Republicans "all of a sudden be sanctimonious" as if they had "never seen such a thing before". "It's time for some change".
Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.
Ryan, appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday, said he thinks it will be "very hard" for Democrats to take back the House without new leadership. "That still moves the needle", said Ryan.
None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership. "To come within a hair's breath of winning that seat is nothing short of extraordinary", said House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sánchez, D-Calif. "In more than 24 districts and counting, generic Democrats are leading in the polls or have already made significant shifts from the last polls available in 2016".
It's no, we need to rebuild the country; you're going to work now and we'll train you while you're hired as an apprentice to get you back to work. And after Republican Karen Handel pulled out the win, the leadership-backed superPAC said using the Democratic leader prominently was one of their most effective tactics.