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Friday, November 5, 2010

Nancy Pelosi says she'll seek to remain the leader of the House Democratic caucus

America's first female speaker has decided against throwing in the towel.

Nancy Pelosi announced today via a tweet from her BlackBerry that she will seek to remain the leader of the House Democratic caucus in 2011 and 2012, after receiving encouragement from many other Democrats, who wisely realize that replacing her would be a grave mistake.

Steny Hoyer, who currently serves as Mouse Majority Leader, announced he won't challenge Pelosi for the job of House Minority Leader, giving the California Democrat a clear path. (Hoyer says he is interesting in serving as the House Democratic Whip, a position currently held by James Clyburn). A few conservative Democrats have said they won't back Pelosi in a leadership election, but she doesn't need their support to remain the head of the caucus.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that California Democrats are excited and pleased by Pelosi's decision... as they should be. If House Democrats want to be back in the majority in two years, then they need Nancy Pelosi leading them.

Pelosi's friends and family have probably reminded her that the most famous Democratic speaker in American history, Sam Rayburn, lost the speakership twice, but managed to get it back. So can Pelosi, who is unfairly paying the price for Barack Obama and Harry Reid's mistakes.

Elections for House leadership are expected to be held in a week.


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