Just noted that Patty Murray, the most junior of the three Senate Democrats Harry Reid picked for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, was first elected to the Senate in 1992. The most senior Republican, Jon Kyl, was first elected in 1994.
Democrats Max Baucus and John Kerry were first elected in 1978 and 1984 respectively. Republicans Pat Toomey and Rob Portman both elected last year.
Toomey and Portman are solid, sensible conservatives from swing states.
Seems Harry Reid prefers Washington veterans while Republican leader Mitch McConnell turned to newcomers. Smart move, Mitch. Seems the Kentuckian has been reading the tea leaves.
The Republican picks will be more attuned to what Americans are thinking while the Democrats will be champions of the political class.
UPDATE: Just realized Pat Toomey once helmed the Club for Growth. Makes me like the pick even more.