Columbia Tribune political reporter Jason Rosenbaum speculates in his latest post that Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt's successful effort to retain his minority whip post might keep him in Congress longer than anticipated.
It could also derail talks of his son, Governor Matt Blunt, leaving that post to run for his father's seat. University of Missouri political science professor Marvin Overby offers this thought:
"But I think it makes more likely he will stay in the Congress, at least for the next couple of cycles where there will be the possibility that the Republicans can gain control of the House of Representatives in 2008 or 2010," Overby added. "And then he would be in the position to become Majority Leader, or even Speaker. That's got to provide someone like Blunt a reason to stay where he is.”