By Christina Wilkie - 11/22/10 11:21 PM EST
As Democrats confront a grim transition back to the House minority, outgoing Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is flashing some gallows humor.
Facing a conference room packed to the brim with reporters last week, Hoyer told his press corps he’d be watching to see how many of them returned to his weekly pen-and-pad sessions in the 112th Congress, when he’ll be minority whip.
“I have been there, done that. Remember, when we started this cycle, as I became more relevant, there were more people sitting around.”
One scribe interjected, “You will always be relevant,” drawing a laugh from Hoyer.
At the end of the 30-minute session, Hoyer joked that he’d be taking the roll next week, “and those who are here will have first priority on seats in whatever small cubicle I may find myself in.”