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 the Republican Party itself.