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Chris Van Hollen, Democratic Congressman, Positioned For Party Leadership

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House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) (L) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answer reporters' questions during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol February 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. Pelosi blames GOP leaders in the House for the looming 'sequester,' automatic spending cuts to military and nonmilitary programs that are set go into affect March 1 if Congress and the White House cannot find common ground on a federal budget. (Photo by Chip Somod | Getty Images

While viewing today’s dreary stagnation on Capitol Hill, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the two parties have assumed a kind of role reversal.

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