House Republicans Eye Top Committee Posts, Promise Wave of Obama Oversight Staff
Posted: Nov 01, 2010 9:14 PM
President Obama said last week that even if Republicans want to work with him, they'll have to "sit in back."

But Democrats are the ones who could soon be out of the driver's seat on Capitol Hill. If Republicans seize the House of Representatives on Election Day, their members would win the chairman's gavel on nearly two dozen committees with oversight power covering everything from health care to environmental policy to the military.

Expect a game of musical chairs to sort this all out. If Republicans win, they would have about two months to pick their leadership and from there, nominate and select committee chairs through the House Republican Conference. But the change-up would be more than symbolic -- the Republicans looking to take charge come January are vowing to crack down on what they see as the Obama administration's regulatory excesses.