November 2, 2010

THE BIG BENEFIT OF KNOWING EARLY THAT EVERY SEAT WAS WINNABLE:

Veteran pols will head rookie class (MARIN COGAN | 11/2/10, Politico)

[C]ontrary to the popular narrative, the candidates who could give Rep. John Boehner the speaker’s gavel are not an unruly mob of outsiders and tea party activists but a cadre of seasoned state and local politicians who worked their way up through the local political establishment.

POLITICO analyzed the top candidates in 20 open seats where Republicans are expected to replace retiring members and the 50 closest House races, finding that out of the 70 potential GOP freshmen, two-thirds will come to Washington with political experience.

Boehner’s potential majority-makers will most likely be younger, with an average age closer to 45, compared with an average age of 56 in the House. The incoming class will also be more diverse than the current GOP establishment, with several women and a few minorities likely to join its ranks. The class is likely to bring geographic diversity to a party that was criticized in recent election cycles as being too white and too Southern — with some of the most promising pickups hailing from states like Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Arizona.

In interviews with several of them, only one potential freshman would commit to joining the Tea Party Caucus.


2012 sets up even better for the GOP, especially in the Senate, and it's imperative that the party recruit some of its excellent former governors to run. For instance, Jim Douglas vs Bernie Sanders in VT.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2010 5:14 AM
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