By Betsy Rothstein and Kris Kitto - 12/05/08 05:41 PM EST
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 VitterFive reasons the Trump campaign is in deep trouble Obama: Louisiana flooding 'not a photo op issue’ Louisiana senator calls on FEMA to open recovery centers 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 BoehnerRank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill New Trump campaign boss took shots at Ryan on radio show Election reveals Paul Ryan to be worst speaker in U.S. history MORE (R-Ohio).
OUT: House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill New Trump campaign boss took shots at Ryan on radio show Election reveals Paul Ryan to be worst speaker in U.S. history MORE (R-Ohio).
IN: Rep. Joe WilsonJoe WilsonNew Jeep hack allows remote steering, acceleration Automotive industry promotes security best practices Overnight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids 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.
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 CantorThe Trail 2016: On the fringe Cantor 'pleased' Trump is embracing Jeb Bush's immigration plan Trump’s Breitbart hire sends tremors through Capitol Hill MORE (Va.).
OUT: House GOP Whip Roy BluntRoy BluntSenate Dems' campaign arm knocks GOP for Trump support Trump, Clinton running even in Missouri Top Republican presses Kerry for Iran 'ransom' details MORE (Mo.).
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 UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE, D-Colo., and Tom UdallTom UdallDem senators back Navajo lawsuit against EPA Democratic National Convention event calendar The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 BachmannHuma Abedin's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood Michele Bachmann: I'm advising Trump on foreign policy Trump has jumped the shark by picking Breitbart exec as CEO 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 ObamaStates opposed to Obama more dependent on federal government Clinton confidante: Sanders did 'significant damage' Juan Williams: Trump's race politics will destroy GOP MORE, D-Ill., and Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden reveals .45 billion loan to Amtrak Trump was wrong: Kaine is a liberal in a moderate's clothing Trump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration 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 ReidDems' Florida Senate primary nears its bitter end Trump haunts McCain's reelection fight 10 most expensive House races 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 WarnerDem senator's daughter could face Congress over EpiPen price hike Judge rejects settlement in major Uber driver status case Fidelity denies lobbying for student loan tax break 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.)