In the face of significant losses, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement early Wednesday morning defending her leadership over the last four years, and offering spirited backing for the policies that have been dragging down many of her more-conservative Democratic colleagues tonight.
"Over the last four years, the Democratic Majority in the House took courageous action on behalf of America's middle class to create jobs and save the country from the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression," Pelosi said.
"The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people. We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward."
The statement did not make any reference to current House Minority Leader John Boehner, the presumed Speaker-in-waiting.