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 VitterDavid Duke will bank on racial tensions in Louisiana Senate bid Former KKK leader David Duke running for Senate Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform 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 BoehnerClinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' MORE (R-Ohio).
OUT: House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerClinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' MORE (R-Ohio).
IN: Rep. Joe WilsonJoe WilsonOvernight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Green Beret: Nice attack part of orchestrated 'terror campaign' 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 CantorDavid Brat may run for Senate if Kaine becomes VP The Hill's 12:30 Report Lobbying world MORE (Va.).
OUT: House GOP Whip Roy BluntRoy BluntOvernight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal 40 senators seek higher biodiesel mandate Top Dem Senate hopefuls to skip convention 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 UdallThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Senate spending bill takes aim at EPA rules Senate spending bill trims EPA spending, blocks regs 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 BachmannNo-shows at GOP convention Clinton camp: Trump VP pick is 'divisive,' 'unpopular' Lobbying world 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 ObamaSenate should fix NATO's Montenegro problem Clinton to call on Black Lives Matter at Dem convention The youth vote—a unicorn worth hunting in 2016 MORE, D-Ill., and Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to end long career by boosting his rival Why Kaine is the right choice for Clinton Why Mike Pence is the wrong pick on foreign policy 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 ReidSuper-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension 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 WarnerLiberal group: Kaine could be 'disastrous' VP pick Buzz grows that Tim Kaine will be Clinton's VP pick GOP platform attempts middle ground on encryption debate 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.)