(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The speculation was that the move meant she might not be running again for her leadership post, since a delay might give someone a chance to organize a challenge — to her or to her most likely successor, Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

A Democratic leadership aide said yesterday that the vote has now been set for Nov. 29. Hmmm, still gives some time for a challenger.