Nancy Pelosi has led the Democrats in the House of Representatives since 2002, becoming the first female Speaker of the House in 2006. She has since lost that post when the Republicans took control of the House in 2010, but Pelosi remained the Democrats’ leader (though some called for first mate (a.k.a. Minority Whip) Steny Hoyer of Maryland to take over).
Rumors are flying that she will step down as Minority Leader tomorrow. Pelosi, 72, was tight-lipped when asked about it today. Telling reporters,
I love you all very dearly, but I thought I'd tell my caucus first.
Reading the tea leaves here, those sound like the words of someone about to make a move. One usually doesn’t withhold news if that news is that nothing has changed. The sentimental note is telling also.
The rest of us get to hear her plans tomorrow. If she does indeed step down, Hoyer, 73, would be the natural favorite to succeed her, followed by Rep. James Clyburn, 72, currently the Assistant Democratic Leader.