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By Jay Cost

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A Challenge to My Methodology

As I wrote in the introduction to myself on the blog, my intention here is to analyze and not to boost. However, as I indicated, the line between the two can sometimes get blurry.

I failed to mention one instance where maintaining said distinction might be downright impossible. This is from The Politico's Congress blog earlier in the week:

A Swann for the House?

Following his unsuccessful run last fall for governor of Pennsylvania, former NFL great Lynn Swann is now considering a bid for the House seat held by freshman Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire.

According to GOP aides, Swann huddled Tuesday in the Capitol with a number of House Republican leaders to gauge their support, including Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio, Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

None of the leaders endorsed Swann, the aides said, but they did encourage him to seek the seat. Swann could not be reached for comment.

A Steeler...in Congress? Be still my black-and-gold heart!

Also, Tom Rooney - son of Steelers owner Dan Rooney (and, of course, grandson of the Chief) - is running for Florida's 16th congressional district. You know what that means? There might very well be a Congressional Steelers Caucus in the 111th Congress! This, of course, would be the first congressional caucus with a fight song:

Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Betty Sutton. and Steve LaTourette had all better look out. You too, Steve Chabot! The Steelers might comin' to Congress!

-Jay Cost