"She went home for a funeral of a friend who passed away this week," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill confirms. "Services are this morning."Oh. Hmm. Well, how dare she ... go back to California for the funeral of a friend, on a weekend when John Boehner has also left Washington?
Pelosi's office would not reveal which friend of Pelosi's had passed away, and criticized this reporter as being in "poor taste to ask about what funeral she is attending."
Not to worry, Hammill insists, Pelosi will still be able to help work out the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. "Just as Speaker Boehner's spokesman has pointed out with respect to Ohio, California has many airports and cell phone service," writes Hammill in an email.
According to the Weekly Standard, though, an unnamed source claims to have overheard Pelosi saying she was leaving to go to a birthday party, not a funeral. If that's the level of speculation we're going with, it would be irresponsible not to wonder if Boehner is headed back to Ohio for his weekend drinking binge. (Although, to be fair to Boehner, all the indications are that he doesn't need to be in Ohio to be drinking.)
Still, Pelosi, so irresponsible to be leaving when she's the only Democrat ... oh, wait ...