The Note: The Majority Party

Make sure you check out all the thumbnail sketches for each of the incoming House and Senate chairmen in the Washington Post today. It is an excellent clip n' save! Mark Leibovich profiles incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the New York Times, complete with his Election Day comments on Britney Spears' divorce and his use of the word "mojo." LINK

Ian Bishop of the New York Post sees Sen. Chuck Schumer as the new "political consigliere," the New York Post reports on the senior Senator from New York's decision to stay on as head of the DSCC for the 2008 cycle. LINK

The New York Times' Carl Hulse maps out who the new Democratic committee chairs will be and includes Judiciary Committee member Sen. Durbin's warning to the Administration -- "send us more moderate people or don't waste your time." LINK

Despite Nancy Pelosi's promise not subpoena the President on Iraq, the Democratic controlled Congress will have an agenda likely to be dominated by the Iraq war and a wide range of issues that the new Democratic committee chairmen care about, report Richard B. Schmitt and Richard Simon of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler reports that the Democratic takeover will raise the profile of lawmakers who have "repeatedly urged the Bush administration to talk to key adversaries such as Iran, North Korea and Syria." LINK

Rep. Jane Harman is digging in her heels and ready for a fight with Speaker-Presumptive Pelosi over who will be the new chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Harman tells Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times, "My view of this has to do with what is fair in terms of the commitments that were made to me." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Dreazen, Solomon, and Block report that Democratic lawmakers are "poised to flex new muscles" probing President Bush's prewar case, Katrina contracts, and corporate America.

GOP agenda:

A source close to the Club for Growth tells The Note that the Club is expected to endorse Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) for Minority Leader later today.

In choosing new leadership, Republicans and Democrats are "both revisiting old battles," reports the Wall Street Journal's David Rogers. LINK

"Stung by their party's losses, a younger generation of conservative Republican lawmakers is demanding a greater voice in the leadership, especially in the House. And even in victory, the Democratic infighting is colored by the party's ambivalence about how forceful to be on national security and Iraq, a central issue in the election."

Rep. Pence and Rep. Shadegg get flattering mentions in a Wall Street Journal editorial arguing that the House GOP needs a new generation of leaders.

Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is chastising the GOP for not being conservative enough. In an article in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Deirdre Shesgreen lays out three reasons why Blunt thinks the Democrats took over. LINK

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) writes that Republicans have a choice to make: "Are we going to re-emerge as the party of ideas -- or be content as assistant hirelings of big government?"

"Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Thursday that he has secured enough commitments from his fellow GOP Senators to win the position of Minority Whip in the 110th Congress," reports Roll Call's Billings.

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