10 years after becoming the first woman to lead a congressional caucus, Pelosi will stay on the job
Democrats on Capitol Hill appear to be having another satisfying morning.
In the Senate, Maine Sen.-elect Angus King, an independent, has been coy about which party he would caucus with, but he ended the suspense this morning.
Independent Senator-elect Angus King of Maine says he has decided to caucus with Democrats, which will add to the party's voting edge. His decision ends months of speculation about which party he would align with.
The former Maine governor was elected last week to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, a prominent centrist. GOP and conservative super PACs spent millions of dollars to attack King during the campaign for Snowe's seat.
King acknowledged this morning that the Democrats' sizable majority "makes the decision easier." That said, King, one of only two independents in the Senate (Vermont's Bernie Sanders is the other), said he hopes to work as a "bridge" between the two parties.
The news does not come as a surprise -- King is pro-choice, supports marriage equality, backs the Affordable Care Act, and believes climate science is real -- but it does solidify the Senate Democratic majority. In the next Congress, the party will have a 55-45 advantage over Republicans.
In the House, meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi told her caucus this morning that she will stay on as the House Democratic leader in the next Congress. After touting the fact that the House Democratic caucus will be the first in American history to have a majority of women and minorities, the former House Speaker reportedly told Democrats, "We may not have the gavel, but as I can see in this room, we have the unity."
Just last night, Rachel noted on the show, "I do not play poker. I am not a betting person, and I am bad at predictions. But it is my personal guess that it's a cold day in hell when Nancy Pelosi willingly steps aside from a job that remains to be done."