What to do you with an inexperienced, unpopular congressperson, who just barely got elected, and will be spending much of his free time working on another close campaign in two years? Yes, put them in an important committee position, to boost their re-election image! http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/22/u...&en=5c167c76ea14a864&ei=5094&partner=homepage I'm lucky to be cynical. I never expected the Democrats to put experienced and capable leadership over crass political gain. Oh well.