"When people said to us in '05 that you don't have a chance, be prepared for a Republican permanent majority, [former Senate Democratic leader] Harry Reid and I didn't accept that". If she hadn't won, the Congressional Leadership Fund - the biggest outside spender in the race - was planning to keep its office in the district open right through November 2018. "Don't see us as advocates for them".
Pelosi should watch her back.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pelosi said Democrats are proud of the race they ran and she dispelled a question about stepping down.
"Understand that for the last 10 years, the model that they have had really has not worked", Sanders said.
In this week's election, Georgia voters, many of whom are skeptical of President Donald Trump and his tweets, demonstrated they nevertheless want more from an opposition than rants and adolescent rage over losing an election.
A defiant Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not going anywhere, brushing off critics from her own party saying "I think I'm worth the trouble".
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.
"Tonight, the people of Georgia's sixth district overwhelmingly voted not only for Karen, but also for President Trump's agenda of replacing our broken health care system, reforming an outdated tax code, and prioritizing infrastructure investment", said Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. The election will not significantly change the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress. 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.
"I feel very confident in the support I have in the caucus", the California Democrat said. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap".
Moulton is one of the House Democrats who has been most vocal in calling for a new generation of leadership.
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. But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset. "We're a family. We're going to have those discussions". "I love the arena".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017.