Large GOP gains in Congress may carry some downsides for the Republicans who hope to challenge President Obama next year.
For one thing, with Republicans in charge of a piece of the government, it shoulders the GOP with some responsibility and could hinder the party’s ability to create a full contrast with Obama. But there’s another problem that doesn’t lack significance, either: staffing.
Republicans new to Capitol Hill are hiring key staff: chiefs of staff, advisers, communicators. And there’s already been a bit of a brain drain from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s last presidential campaign.