The House Democratic leadership scramble — if there is to be one — is on hold for now.
Defeated Democrats spent Wednesday taking stock of their historic 60-plus seat drubbing and awaiting word from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) about whether she wants to be their Minority Leader. Many Democrats had previously figured that if they lost the House that Pelosi would step aside, and that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) — and perhaps others — would vie for the top Democratic slot. Pelosi and Hoyer met privately Wednesday for more than two hours, but sources didn’t know the subject of the talks.
Pelosi’s sole public appearance Wednesday was a pre-taped interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, where she would only say that she would have “a conversation with my Caucus, I’ll have a conversation with my family and pray over it, and decide how to go forward. But today isn’t that day.”