There are noticeable differences seen in Washington.
You know the names. John Conyers, Barney Frank, Charles Rangel. Three major Democratic power brokers in the U.S. House of Representatives-and a potential challenge for President-Elect Barack Obama as he settles in to the Oval Office.
"There is a my way or the highway attitude to a lot of senior House Democrats, that I think could be a source of tension," said Michael Franc with the Heritage Foundation, pointing out that many of those Democratic leaders have been in Washington since the Watergate Era.
"They tend to have a take no prisoners mentality when it comes to the legislative process. Obama seems so far to be someone who legitimately seeks outside thoughts and a diversity of opinion," Franc said. By contrast, franc said many Republicans don't see the Hill as a permanent career stop.
Still, Franc believes Obama is more likely to run in to trouble due to a lack of experience in Washington-as opposed to his age difference with many leaders in the House and Senate.
"Relative to the Barons on Capitol Hill, he's very much an outsider. He doesn't come with that acculturation that one gains from spending decades at the source of Washington power," Franc said.
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