Here's a huge reason Nancy Pelosi maintains her iron grip on House Democrats, even after another bruising - and in many party circles embarrassing - election loss: Her ability to raise lots and lots of money.
The veteran San Francisco congresswoman held up her fundraising numbers and track record maneuvering major legislation through the House and declared she was confident she had the support from her colleagues to continue in her post. He was backed by "a lot of liberal money from the Democrats and Pelosi", said another from the National Republican Congressional Committee. "I don't think people in the beltway are realizing just how toxic the Democratic Party brand is in so many parts of the country".
Of the political impact of the Republican attacks: "I think I'm worth the trouble", she said.
This is not coming from a Republican foe, but a Democratic colleague. He cites Pelosi as the key reason Ossoff did not win that election, which paved the way for Republican Karen Handel to be elected to that seat.
All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain. Sure, Republicans will go after the next House majority leader and seek to demonize him or her. Then there's the Democratic lawmaker from New York, Kathleen Rice, who calls her thoughts on Pelosi, "not a personal thing".
"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Tx.) to Politico on Wednesday.
"I think that she's a tremendous leader of our caucus, with the kind of strategic talent and experience that we really need to succeed in the minority and particularly when we don't control the House or Senate", said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.
"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".
Said Rice: "The Republican playbook has been very successful".
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Pelosi brushed off the tweet, contending that Trump hadn't actually written it himself because "it's a classic Republican line".
The discussions regarding replacing Pelosi comes on the back of the Democrats' recent defeat in the special election in Georgia.
The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.
Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham of SC lashed out at Pelosi as one of his first moves after declaring his candidacy against GOP Rep. Mark Sanford. Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada. "She has been a great leader, but like every leader, time immemorial, it's time for people to know when to go", Rice said. That's the first one I think he didn't write.
One could certainly argue that instead of letting GOP demonization of their party leaders drive their decision-making, Democrats should stick with Pelosi.
Pelosi's allies have pointed out that numerous negative impressions that Republicans have of her are equally true of House Speaker Paul Ryan among Democratic voters.
Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.
As House speaker at the time, Pelosi was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.
There is no doubt that Pelosi is in a rather hard position and was an easy target for the Republicans, as they mocked by saying that Pelosi should remain in office, for as long as possible, since they have already prepared ads to take her and her team down, each time.