As I write this, I am visiting my home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, not far from the birthplace of incoming Speaker John Boehner. It seems that that Buckeye State native will be leading a relatively youthful Republican caucus compared to the increasingly geriatric gathering of outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In honor of her departure, we will soon be retiring our category “Pelosi Watch.” That San Francisco Democrat’s glory days are behind her and I predict she will end her career in the minority. Seems the new ideas and the younger voices are with the new majority. As Michael Barone reports, building on a piece in the Wall Street Journal:
Curious fact, unearthed by Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal. The average age of Republican House members in the new Congress convening today is 54.9, younger than the Republicans’ average age in the previous Congress, 56.5. But the average age of House Democrats has risen, from 58 to 60.2. That can be explained partly by the high turnover in the 2010 election. Many younger Democrats, first elected in 2006 or 2008, fell by the wayside. The old bulls from 65 percent-plus Democratic districts survived. Meanwhile, many young Republican challengers won.
But the results are historically anomalous. Going back to the Congress elected in 1950, there has never been more than a 2.8-year difference in the average age of House Republicans and House Democrats. The difference in this Congress is 5.3 years, almost double that.
Read the whole thing.