House GOP Leadership Gets More Conservative

You expect the House Republican leadership to be conservative. But Mike Brady’s chart based on DW-NOMINATE scores shows that the 110th Congress GOP leadership was somewhat to the right of the median House Republican, and that the proposed new leadership for the 111th Congress is even further right:

One assumes that, in general, the median 111th Congress Republican is going to be to the right of the median 110th Congress Republican because as the GOP caucus shrinks it’s more-or-more dominated by members with very conservative districts. But either way, these guys are going to be led by a team that’s way to the right of the typical member of congress.