Republican New School Flexes Clout Ahead of November

By Judson Berger, FoxNews

Democrats aren’t the only incumbents in trouble this November. With a crop of feisty, fresh-faced conservatives making noise in the House and a wave of Tea Party-backed newcomers determined to join them, senior Republicans could have a mutiny on their hands.

The gap between the old and new schools of the GOP has become apparent as Election Day nears and polls show Republicans increasingly likely to pick up seats — lots of seats.

Election guru Larry Sabato, at the University of Virginia, released new projections showing a possible 47-seat GOP pickup in the House. Gallup’s latest generic poll showed Republicans with a 10-point lead over Democrats in the fall, the largest gap in 68 years.

The opportunity for a shakeup is ripe, but so is the opportunity for a makeover of theRepublican Party itself.

“The Republican caucuses in the Senate and the House will change,” Democratic strategist Kiki McLean said. “A dangerous place for Republicans to be is establishment leadership.”

Establishment leadership likely were not thrilled to read about the contents this past week of the upcoming book being published by self-proclaimed “Young Guns” Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy — three ambitious young members of Congress who’ve been heading up recruitment of other like-minded wunderkinds for the party.

Their book, “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders,” is due out Sept. 14 — a blueprint for America in the same vein as the policy book then-Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign released in 2008, only with the opposite prescriptions.

A summary in based on an advance copy said House Republican Leader John Boehner is mentioned just three times in the book. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind., is not mentioned at all, and other heavyweights like Republican National CommitteeChairman Michael Steele and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are similarly disregarded.

A promotional video paid for by Cantor’s political committee, set to inspiring music, looks like an introduction for the starting lineup of an Olympics dream team. The video bluntly depicts the authors as a different kind of dream team — the future of the Republican Party.

“There is a better way and a new team is ready to bring America back,” the narrator says.

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