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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Leadership and the 112th Congress

One-term wonders from the class of 2010:

Lost general election:

Charles Bass, R-N.H., 60
Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., 61
Francisco "Quico" Canseco, R-Texas, 63  
Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., 52
Mark Critz, D-Pa., 50
Robert Dold, R-Ill., 43
Frank Guinta, R-N.H., 42
Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., 53
Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., 54
Jeff Landry, R-La., 42
David Rivera, R-Fla., 47
Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., 48
Joe Walsh, R-Ill., 51
Allen B. West, R-Fla., 51
Lost primaries:

Sandy Adams, R-Fla., 56
Hansen Clarke, D-Mich., 55
Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., 36

Barber Conable, a moderate Republican from upstate New York, retired in 1984, and wrote a column reflecting on life in the House. Instead of looking at the upstarts with horror, he instead saw something very natural:
Old as I am, I recall being a "young turk" at one point and participating noisily in a successful effort to change House rules which the then Establishment found adequate. I learned a lot about the institution from the effort, vented my frustrations, and gradually became part of the Establishment myself. Youth presses age, provides a good deal of the dynamic and the dialogue, and eventually ages. Partisans may not like the tranquility of my view of these recent histrionics, but I find reassurance in the cycle of renewal.

The Gang of Seven: Charles Taylor (NC, top-left), Rick Santorum (PA, top-right), John Boehner (OH, middle-left), Scott Klug (WI, middle-center), Jim Nussle (IA, middle-right), Frank Riggs (CA, bottom-left), John Doolittle (CA, bottom-right).

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