Those involved in the discussions described them as preliminary among like-minded lawmakers. But in the second half of her 15 years as caucus leader, the Democrats in the House have been in a steady decline, losing the House majority in 2010, and continuing to lose seats. He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint". The Cook Political Report says that 72 House races are in swing districts.
Ossoff ran on a decidedly moderate platform with millions of dollars to back him up.
Whilst there may be Democrats in the House plotting to oust Pelosi, that doesn't mean there's any clear successor to her.
Chief among those is fundraising.
That tactic clearly paid off. Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by almost four points, despite Ossoff's historic fundraising numbers and the additional millions infused into the race by the national Democratic party.
And Rice backed Pelosi in last year's leadership fight.
No other Democrat possesses the stature to match those accomplishments.
"I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", snapped back Pelosi to her critics.
"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", Pelosi said. "I love the fray".
"Well, I am chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and I will do what my membership dictates", Richmond said. In response to Ossoff's completely undebatable suggestion that many working people have a hard time making ends meet, she said, "That's the difference between conservatives and liberals; I don't believe in a livable wage".
But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously.
"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now", Cunningham tweeted on Wednesday.
But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership.
"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.
The Democrats have another framing problem.
"I thrive on competition", Pelosi said on Thursday, defying calls for her ouster from some members of her own party after Democratic candidates lost a hotly contested Congressional race in Georgia and another race in SC earlier in the week, the third and fourth such losses for Democrats in special elections to replace the appointees of President Donald Trump this year.
Ryan was asked on CNN whether Pelosi is more toxic in today's discourse than President Donald Trump is. To win a House majority, Democrats need Trumpish results in high-education districts and improvements in downscale areas on the persistent partisan patterns along which voters of all education levels make their choices. Another rising House Democrat, former California Rep. Xavier Becerra, departed the House in late 2016 to accept an appointment as California's attorney general. The bottom line is the Democrats lost another winnable race and Pelosi was a factor, fair or not. Among those: Adding No. 2 roles to be filled by newer members on every House standing committee and adding six regional vice chairs to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "We don't agonize. We organize".
"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said.