We don't know if she's just being coy, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just gave an interview in which she says that she's not interested in being Speaker of the House again, should the Democrats ever succeed in winning back a majority of seats.
The reason she gives is that she's already held the job, and the reason she doesn't give is that at age 73 she might be getting a little tired. But will she ever retire?
She gave the interview to the National Journal, and it's the first time she's definitively addressed the question of her political future since giving up the Speaker seat to John Boehner two years ago. She addressed the question really briefly though, saying only, "No, that's not my thing. I did that."
She also has some choice words for Republicans, and for the deadly repetitiveness of being in Congress these days.
Oh, it's Groundhog Day Central. There's no question about that. It's not productive. It's a waste of the taxpayers' dollar. It's a waste of our time. And it's time that's not working [for] the American people. [The Republicans'] agenda is nothing, and their timetable is never. But having said that, hopefully there are some among them that realize we have a responsibility to govern...
Here's what I have to say to my Republican friends out there: Take back your party. This isn't the Grand Old Party that used to have such great leadership. The name "Republican" in some ways has been hijacked by obstructionists. They are nowhere on the spectrum of trying to get the job done, and they claim the name without bringing to it the greatness, the leadership of the past.
Pelosi has now spent 26 years in Congress, and having served as Speaker from 2007 to 2011, she remains the highest ranking female politician in American history.