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Tom Cole Deathwatch Thread, No. 11

by: James L.

Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 4:17 PM EST

Traditionally, chairpersons of the National Republican Congressional Committee get to serve two terms. Current NRCC Chair Tom Cole had a pretty painful cycle, losing three special elections this year and at least another 23 seats this week (while taking back four deep red seats), so it's no surprise that he wants another bite at the apple -- he would love desperately to redeem himself in 2010, when the GOP has a chance to take a few of these seats back.

The only problem? House Minority Leader John Boehner is saying: "Nuh-uh!" From Roll Call:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has endorsed Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) for chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee over NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.), who is seeking another term at the head of the committee.

Boehner's public support of Sessions comes one day after Cole appealed to the House Republican Conference for a second term helming the committee, and the Minority Leader's support could prove crucial to Sessions' chances of winning the post in the upcoming leadership elections.

"Tom Cole has guided the NRCC through a difficult time for our party, and I'm sincerely grateful for his service to our team. But I believe having Pete Sessions at the helm of the NRCC in the next cycle will give House Republicans our best shot at rebuilding a majority coalition," Boehner said in a statement. "Pete has the skills needed to recruit top-tier candidates and give them the support they need to challenge a Democratic Congress that has been bought and paid for by liberal special interests. We need Pete Sessions at the leadership table as the next chairman of the NRCC."

Tom Cole finally dead? Stay tuned...

James L. :: Tom Cole Deathwatch Thread, No. 11
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Wa Po
According to the Washington Post, Republicans are blaming moderation for their electoral problems and intend to replace the older and clueless leadership with the younger and even more clueless.

Boehner will stay despite his extremely heavy hand (which didn't work) on a number of cases (Rick Renzi and Vito Fossella come to mind).  Why a Republican House member would contribute to the national fund when he can easily be kicked to the curb and left cash-less is beyond me.

Eric Cantor here we come. can Patrick McHenry be far behind?

PS- With Jindal as a governor, Republicans are both very whitebread and very male.  I can't think of one black, only four Hispanics unless Devin Nunes qualifies (Devin?) and three of those House members are FL Cubans.  The number of women dropped by two (net) to 18 and I wouldn't be bragging on Jean Schmidt.

The FL Cuban districts
Give them time.  They will fall eventually.  The older pro-fascist Cubans are dying out.

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The Batista supporters are dying off
Roughly 2% of all voters die each year, naturally this fate falls most often on the older voters. Of course, in this case, it could be Fidel Castro who shuffles off this mortal coil first. That development would sort of remove the reason for being of his nephews in the US House. Their time is up. They are living on borrowed time after this election.

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I believe I read via Politico that
If they challenge Boehner, it will come from Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, but that was a "wild card" option barely under consideration.  

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Cole has visions of Guy VanderJagt
Vanderjagt (MI) held the job for eight straight Congresses without ever coming close to having the Republicans take control.  If he had not lost a primary to Peter Hoekstra in 1992, maybe he would have kept the job in the 103rd Congress also and the 1994 takeover would have been averted.

I remember Vander Jagt
That guy was a piece of work.  Every election cycle from 1976 to 1992 he said that Republicans would regain a House majority.  In 1976 he said that they will gain "76 in '76".  

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So what is it now?
10 in '10?

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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Anything about a Republican being dead
requires a reference to Dracula not being quite dead.  Well, either that, or being dead and loving it.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

Go Cole!
Give him another shot in 2010.  It's only fair to give him a shot at redeeming himself.  Same goes for Ensign who should hire Liddy Dole to help him out.

NY-13, Democrat. Blog @ http://infinitefunction.wordpr...

Cole Did Better Than Reynolds
Putting aside the specific local reasons why you guys lost four House seats, Tom Cole actually did better than Tom Reynolds, who in 2006 lost over 30 seats and won from the Democrats....absolutely zero in return!

The irony? His own party doesn't seem to notice.

You can't really say that
that's comparing apples to oranges. A lot of the low-hanging fruit was plucked in 2006 -- most of the pickups this year were in considerably redder districts.

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