I don't know if she deserves the credit for coining a new term, but The Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown has a piece today on "The Get Lost Caucus," which includes Reps. William Jefferson (D-LA), John Doolittle (R-CA), and Rick Renzi (R-AZ), and Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), all mired in scandal and stripped of their committee posts:
They . . . have been consigned to the Get Lost Caucus â a highly unofficial, exceedingly exclusive, nobody-chooses-to-enroll kind of club. It is four members strong, with potential for growth.
The guidelines for qualification: First, you hit a few legal snags (a raid, an indictment, an arrest), then you lose your committee assignments (or, in the case of Craig, your ranking status).
Lacking clout and commitments, you are the congressional equivalent of walking pneumonia, wounded and worn but still showing a pulse.
The Get Lost Caucus--I have a feeling we'll be appropriating that for our own use. So if Brown came up with it, consider this post a permanent footnote crediting her.