Rep. Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues this morning that she will remain in Congress, ensuring another term as leader of the caucus. The move short circuits a chess game between would-be successors, including Florida's Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Wasserman Schultz, who would not have challenged Steny Hoyer for leader but was certain to move up the ladder, has a few options, according to people close to her:
She can stay on as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, having served only a year and a half and doing what was, by most accounts, a stellar job. There's speculation that she would give up the gig after the election but that's not a given. President Obama would have to signal he wants to keep her on.
She can start a Super PAC. Wasserman Schultz was already a proven fundraiser before her DNC but made many new contact that could make her a force as Democrats try to recapture the House.