But after Donald Trump took office and Republicans dove into their agenda of repealing former President Barack Obama's health care law, Democrats' united opposition papered over their divisions and their generational divides. Cox, a 47-year-old Realtor and mother of two daughters, co-founded a group this year called "Pave It Blue" focused on backing Ossoff's campaign and other red seats that could be poachable.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pelosi said Democrats are proud of the race they ran and she dispelled a question about stepping down.
"You know you can sit here and we'll talk about Russian Federation all day long today on Capitol Hill and in Washington". "I just think people want to know that they're going to be supported, and that they're going to have the support of the caucus". They're not. They're not talking about Putin, Russia, Flynn. "I certainly don't feel it". "The fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russian Federation has been a distraction from what should be a clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda, which is on economics".
Iacobelli voted for Hillary Clinton as an alternative to Trump, but acknowledged that "it freaks me out that I voted Democrat".
Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC that Democrats needed to focus on economic growth and "get back to being a big tent party". "And we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements".
Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), who organized the meeting, characterized it as a simple conversation about how best to improve the Democrats' prospects after a string of special-election losses that included Tuesday's high-profile defeat in Georgia.
Like Ryan, Moulton is also venting about the loss. "It should be a wake-up call for Democrats". Some on the left argued for a sharper progressive message and more pointed attacks on Republicans and Trump, while Democrats from Midwestern and working-class districts emphasized the importance of an economic message that could appeal to working class voters who were drawn to Trump. So it's time for change. Even my colleague Andrew Prokop warns that Democrats shouldn't "sugarcoat" the result, which is "bad news" for the party. He argued that when strategy doesn't work, there has to be repercussions at the top.
She added: "Every action has a reaction, I try to say that to them. That's the most important part".
That means, in the districts where this will all be hashed out, Pelosi is probably even more unpopular than those national numbers.
"We all have a lot of anger towards what Donald Trump is doing, but we've had four special elections, and Donald Trump, four, Democrats, zero", Ryan said.
"We've let people say that Nancy Pelosi is some disgusting person for so long without defending her that people started to believe it".
For eight years living in the traditionally conservative area, Cox kept her mouth shut about politics until she was certain of her neighbors' leanings.
"They pick people in safe and tough districts for Democrats to win", Crowley said Wednesday. "So far, all the available data is that Trump's supporters not only support him but are motivated". "Pelosi is the human embodiment of that".
In Georgia's 6th District, the Democrat candidate Rodney Stooksbury spent nothing and won 124,917 votes in November of 2016.
"Clearly, we're coming off an election, and she's been getting pounded now for 10 years with negative ads from the Republicans".
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. What's more, she has racked up years of goodwill in the party that's much more hierarchical than the GOP.
House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands. "How are we going to get there?"
"Look, they demonized Nancy in 2010, they demonized her in 2006".
Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey says, "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses".
She is, after all, a millionaire San Francisco party-line liberal incapable of understanding what most of America wants and needs. Last cycle alone, she raised $141.5 million. According to the Washington Post, Pelosi had 98 percent name recognition in the district but her approval rating was "35 points underwater".
"Every effort was made to win last night". "We don't agonize. We organize".
The loss also renewed the focus on Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonized by the GOP side in the Georgia race.
"Do I agree 100 percent with what he does?"