When an aide informed Pelosi of Brown’s win around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the speaker summoned her leadership team to her office at the Capitol, ejected her staff and attacked her options as if her career depended on it…

Gingrich said Pelosi could mitigate the damage wrought by the defection of independents to the GOP nationally by quickly passing a stripped-down health care bill with Republican help…

Pelosi is reportedly open to the idea of speeding through a series of far less ambitious reforms that could pick up GOP support, including a ban on lifetime health fees and the denial over coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

Democratic House members attending a conference meeting Wednesday were panicky and confused, according to a person in attendance.

“Where is our message? We have none,” the person said. “Shell-shocked is the word, but we knew it was coming, so at the very least, we should have been prepared.”