Ins & Outs

IN: Sexagenarian senior citizen committee chairmen (apparently, 60-something is the new 30 — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is 69).
OUT: Octo- and nonagenarian senior citizen committee chairmen (Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., is 91; Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is 82).

IN: Wives divorcing cheating lawmakers (former Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney’s wife filed for divorce earlier this year).
OUT: Wives standing supportively beside cheating lawmaker husbands (Silda Spitzer, the wife of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, stood by his side after he resigned amid reports linking him to prostitutes. Likewise, Wendy Vitter, wife of Sen. David VitterDavid VitterQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe You're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat Overnight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending MORE, R-La., stood by her husband’s side in a tight-fitting leopard-print top as he admitted to visiting a prostitute.)

IN: Capitol Visitor Center
OUT: Elaborate construction hole behind the Capitol.

IN: House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE (R-Ohio).
OUT: House Minority Leader John John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTrump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election MORE (R-Ohio).

IN: Rep. Joe WilsonJoe WilsonTillerson’s No. 2 faces questions over State cyber closure GOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections Navy official: Budget, readiness issues led to ship collisions MORE’s (R-S.C.) wild red-and-green Scottish blazer.
OUT: Sen. Ted Stevens’s (R-Alaska) Incredible Hulk tie.

IN: Team of rivals.
OUT: Mavericks.

IN: Mustaches (such as the one worn by David Axelrod, top political adviser to President-elect Obama).
OUT: Full beards (such as the one worn by nominated Commerce Secretary Bill Richardson, which he shaved just after the announcement).

IN: Incoming House GOP Whip Eric CantorEric CantorIf we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling to retire after end of current term MORE (Va.).
OUT: House GOP Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senator: Capitol Hill's sexual harassment reporting protocol is 'totally inappropriate' Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training Strange bedfellows on criminal justice reform could offer Trump a legislative win MORE (Mo.).

IN: Basketball.
OUT: Clearing brush, mountain biking and golf.

IN: A long-promised hypoallergenic puppy.
OUT: Barney and Miss Beasley.

IN: Pregnant unweds such as Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Bristol Palin, daughter of vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.
OUT: Lawmakers hiding out-of-wedlock children (e.g., outgoing Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y.).

IN: Senator cousins (Sens.-elect Mark UdallMark UdallDemocratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' MORE, D-Colo., and Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Cybersecurity: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks before election | Tech experts blast Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan | Senate passes defense bill with measure to modernize feds' IT FCC rolls back media regulations in move that critics say benefits Sinclair Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE, D-N.M.).
OUT: Oft-described “smartest man in the Senate,” Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.).

IN: Rep.-elect Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) — the son.
OUT: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) — the father.

IN: Luke Russert.
OUT: Fox News’s Alan Colmes of “Hannity and Colmes.”

IN: Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann praises Trump as man of faith Tom Petty dies at 66 Bachmann: Muslim immigrants trying to undermine Western civilization MORE (R-Minn.) living in Larry King’s studio.
OUT: Michele Bachmann appearing on “Hardball.” She said she will not go on Chris Matthews’s show ever again.

IN: Lawmakers running for governor or mayor (Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.).
OUT: Lawmakers running for president (former Sens. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaReport: FCC chair to push for complete repeal of net neutrality Right way and wrong way Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle despite recent leak MORE, D-Ill., and Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenObama tweets birthday message to Biden: 'The best vice president anybody could have' The Hill's 12:30 Report Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny MORE, D-Del.; Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Reps. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.).

IN: Clinton administration.
OUT: Reagan administration.

IN: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) tax problems.
OUT: Culture of Corruption.

IN: Pretending you haven’t been a lobbyist in a while.
OUT: Lobbyists’ wheeling and dealing.

IN: Smelly tourist jokes. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE (D-Nev.) said last week, “In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”
OUT: Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) bathroom jokes.

IN: The Joe Biden gaffe.
OUT: Dick Cheney in hiding.

IN: Andy Samberg’s never-used impersonation of incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for “Saturday Night Live.”
OUT: Tina Fey’s impersonation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

IN: Chicago pizza.
OUT: Crawford barbecue.

IN: Hanging up on President-elect Obama, as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) did last week, thinking it was a prank phone call.
OUT: Taking phony calls, such as when Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accepted a call from a French Canadian radio personality who claimed to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

IN: Sasha and Malia at Sidwell Friends.
OUT: The Bush twins at Smith Point.

IN: Sen.-elect Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks Facebook adds two lobbyists amid Russia probe MORE (D-Va.).
OUT: Sen. John Warner (R-Va.).

IN: Ex-lawmakers doing tell-all, tearful television interviews (e.g., former GOP Florida Rep. Mark Foley, who left Congress in 2006 under a cloud of scandal after writing dirty text messages to House pages.)
OUT: Members of Congress writing books (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and others.)