<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Tobin Harshaw and David Helene</p>&#xD; <p>We know lots of things about the congressional supercommittee created by the debt-limit compromise: It will have six members from each party; it will come up with $1.5 trillion in additional deficit reductions; its recommendations will be given fast-track privilege in the House and Senate; it absolutely <a href="http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2011/07/31/debt-ceiling-update-tax-increases-still-a-no-go/">cannot</a> raise taxes, unless, of course, it totally <a href="http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/01/on-second-thought-looks-like-the-super-committee-can-raise-taxes/">can</a>; it gets to order Chinese any night it works past midnight. (OK, we made that one up.)</p>&#xD; <p>What we don't know, however, is the most critical fact: Who will be on it?</p>&#xD; <p>The congressional leadership -- John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi in the House, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell in the Senate -- has until Aug. 16 to complete its fantasy draft, and the field is wide open (with a notable <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/04/ron-paul-debt-limit-agreement-super-committee-unconstitutional/">exception</a> hailing from Texas's 14th District).</p>&#xD; <p>As a public service, the Ticker has done a somewhat exhaustive Google search and come up with a thoroughly unscientific list of candidates proposed most frequently in news articles, opinion pieces, blog posts and the like. The sample size is small, but we suspect the results give a pretty accurate picture of who will be the lead dogs on this fiscal Iditarod.</p>&#xD; <p> <em> </em> </p>&#xD; <p> <em> </em> </p>&#xD; <p>Democrats</p>&#xD; <p>Top Six:</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) (13 votes)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Max Baucus (Montana) (12)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Kent Conrad (North Dakota) (10)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois) (7)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Xavier Becerra (California) (6)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Jan Schakowsky (Illinois) (4)</p>&#xD; <p>&#xA0;</p>&#xD; <p>Runners-Up:</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative James Clyburn (South Carolina) (4)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Allyson Schwartz (Pennsylvania) (3)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Steny Hoyer (Maryland) (3)</p>&#xD; <p>&#xA0;</p>&#xD; <p>Wild Cards</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Gabrielle Giffords (Arizona)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)</p>&#xD; <p>&#xA0;</p>&#xD; <p>REPUBLICANS</p>&#xD; <p>Top Six:</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) (19)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Jon Kyl (Arizona) (14)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Dave Camp (Michigan) (14)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) (12)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Jeff Sessions (Alabama) (10)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Eric Cantor (Virginia) (7)</p>&#xD; <p>&#xA0;</p>&#xD; <p>Runners-Up:</p>&#xD; <p>-- Representative Jeb Hensarling (Texas) (5)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) (4)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Mike Crapo (Idaho) (4)</p>&#xD; <p>&#xA0;</p>&#xD; <p>Wild Cards</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania)</p>&#xD; <p>-- Senator Jim DeMint (South Carolina)</p>&#xD; <p>&#xA0;</p>&#xD; <p>Sources: Attack Democrat (8/3), Bloomberg News (8/3), Care2.com (8/3), Daily Beast (8/3), Fiscal Times (8/4), The Hill (8/3), Hugh Hewitt (8/1), Investors Business Daily (8/2), Los Angeles Times (8/3), National Review Online (8/3), New York Times (8/4), pbs.org (8/4), Politico (8/1),&#xA0; Progress to the People (8/2), Roll Call (8/3), Sunlight Foundation (8/4),&#xA0; Thompson Reuters (8/4), USA Today (7/31),&#xA0; Washington Examiner (8/2), Washington Post Wonkbook (8/2), Weekly Standard (8/2),&#xA0; WUSA9 (8/2)</p>&#xD; <p> <em> </em> </p>&#xD; <p>(Tobin Harshaw is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board. David Helene is an intern with Bloomberg View.)</p> </body> </html>