On Tuesday, the new GOP leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives was sworn in. That means that the former Democratic leadership, including Nancy Pelosi's position as speaker, was officially over with.
Given this change in job description, Pelosi has thus far made all the right moves -- starting with changing her Twitter account, arguably on of the most important communications tools currently used by powerful members of the Democratic party.
On Twitter, Pelosi posted:
"I'm now @NancyPelosi - 2 characters shorter than @SpeakerPelosi. RTers rejoice!"
"RT" here standing for retweet, which is a way for Twitter users to second what someone has said and give the original author credit at the same time. Due to Twitters 140 character cap on each outgoing message, Pelosi's new screen name gives writers a little extra room to work with.
With wit and grace like that, Pelosi is bound to remain a force in Democratic politics. Incidentally, Ryan Tate at Gawker is predicting that Pelosi will soon post that John fill-up-with-tears Boehner, the new speaker, "change his handle to @SpeakerCrybaby."