Democrats' latest Pelosi strategy: a temporary transition

Nancy Pelosi (middle) with Rep. Linda Sanchez (left), Steny Hoyer (left) and Jim Crowley (right). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Younger Democrats have been calling for a new generation of leadership to replace House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But the two men who could likely replace her are treading carefully, even as the national narrative of the "Pelosi problem" heats up ahead of the 2018 election.

The latest: Reps. Joe Crowley (age 56) and Steny Hoyer (age 78) aren't exactly the fresh-faced leaders some Democrats are hoping for. But the AP's Lisa Mascaro reports one way Democrats are trying to reconcile that: Hoyer's allies are "floating the unusual idea of him becoming a short-term leader — someone who could temporarily take the helm, if and when Pelosi steps down, to ease the transition."