“We spent six years dancing in the middle and not providing an assertive contrast to the Republicans, and we’re paying the price for it,” Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Wednesday by phone. 

“There has to be an attitude change and a strategy change. I don’t know if that necessarily involves leadership,” he added. “We’re always playing on the defensive.” 

Rep. Bill Pascrell agreed, saying there’s “no doubt” Democrats “need to do something different.” 

“To continue on the same pace that we’ve been going is like ignoring what everybody sees,” he told The Hill Wednesday, “and that’s not very healthy for our party.”

The New Jersey Democrat insists he’s not promoting any specific leadership changes — “We’re not against anybody here; we’re trying to get a new path” — but he is in the process of urging fellow members of his party to support a delay in this year’s leadership votes in order “to take inventory” of the party’s future.