25 September 2006
If the chairs become musical
Chris Casteel of the Oklahoman's Washington bureau (I mention this in case some of you had no idea the Oklahoman even had a Washington bureau) talked to the state's Congressional delegation about the possibility of a Democratic resurgence sufficient to regain the majority.
Dan Boren, the lone Democrat in the bunch, took a collective view:
Undoubtedly, as a delegation, we would lose some clout. But it also produces a unique opportunity for someone like myself who has been willing to work across the aisle and be bipartisan.
Those who consider Boren a DINO, I suspect, will continue to do so.
John Sullivan echoed Boren's concerns about clout, but was confident the Democrats would come up just short of winning control. Tom Cole worries about seniority: the average House member, he says, has 11 years in, and with Ernest Istook departing, only Frank Lucas comes even close to that.
And Lucas admits he enjoys his chairmanship of an Agriculture subcommittee:
It's a lot more fun to have your hand on the gavel or at least be close enough to see the wood grain.
Meanwhile, in the Senate, Tom Coburn, Scourge of Pork, isn't worried about losing his subcommittee:
I'll have an extra three hours a week to use to make trouble on the [Senate] floor.
The Big Spenders are herewith put on notice.
Predictions from yours truly, as posted New Year's Day: Republicans lose 13 seats in the House, two in the Senate, but retain a (thinner) majority.Posted at 9:00 AM to Political Science Fiction , Soonerland