Left to right: Standing: Murkowski, Lincoln, McCaskill, Stabenow, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hutchison, Mikulski, Murray, Landrieu, Boxer, Snowe Seated: Hagan, Feinstein, Shaheen, Collins, Klobuchar
Out of 100 senators, there are just 17 women, of whom five are Republicans and 12 are Democrats. A regular, bipartisan dinner meeting has helped create a spirit that transcends party lines. For female senators, there’s more to politics than scoring points.
Among the 17 female senators, it amounts to an informal nonaggression pact. In the male-dominated, tradition-bound Senate chamber, their desire to recapture a long lost sense of civility trumps the constant pressure to score partisan points. It’s a bond forged by their common experience as women in the highest level of American politics, reinforced during a regular dinner meeting led by the longest-serving female senator, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md). Mikulski set the rules for the dinner group when she launched it years ago: no staff, no memos, no leaks and no men. Many of the regular diners are at polar opposite ends of the political spectrum, yet it’s unheard of for the female senators to publicly criticize one another.
Would this bipartisanship work for the other 83 Senators? Would constituents accept bipartisanship and teaming up on key legislation, or do they expect Senators to not compromise and hold the ‘party’ line?
Good thing Dick Cheney wasn't with her or Santa would be dead too...
Shouldn’t McConnell and Boehner give up their own “socialist” health care? Shouldn’t they be leading the pack to encourage all elected officials to give up their “socialist” health care?
It’s OK to have an opinion; it’s not OK to put down anyone else for having one too.
“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.”
~~ Oscar Ameringar
The chart above represents JOBS LOST, and the precious few times jobs were gained during the period December ’07 through January ’10. In addition to the above graph showing how much better off Americans are since President Obama and majority democrats were elected, David Axelrod recently pointed out that even though the Republicans claim to be for cutting taxes, the Democrats managed to pass 25 tax cuts last year, all of which the Republicans opposed.
Here’s an even more recent chart, representing the period December, ’07 through June, ’10: