Meet Your (Mostly Female, Minority, Democrat) New Kids On The Block: Your Last Senate Sunday!
Considered 'shopping the heads of all five new senators on the New Kids. Nahhh.
Yr Wonkette tracked all 34 Senate races this year, and while we were really looking forward to doing a piece celebrating the Dems' new Senate majority, we'll just have to settle for introducing you to six -- count 'em! -- of the seven new members of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body. At least we can be a little chuffed: five of 'em are D's, and four are women, meaning the next Senate will have more women, nasty and otherwise, than any other. (The 115th Congress as a whole will be the most diverse ever, with more women of color than any previous Congress, too.) The real winner this year? EMILY's List, which supported all four women on this page.
Son of a gun, too many idiots run, on the Bayou.
So let's meet the newbs, who will have the least seniority and will probably have to take the worst offices with lousy views, but are ready to get out there and do Representative Democracy to us. We'll go roughly west to east here:
Calfornia: Kamala Harris (D)inestimable Barbara Boxer, Californians chose Attorney General Kamala Harris, who was the front-runner from the get-go. She'll be the first African American and Indian American to represent California in the Senate, and at 52, has the potential to serve a long, distinguished Senate career. Harris has already made it quite clear she's going to do everything she can to protect immigrants, both legal and undocumented, against whatever crazy ideas Donald Trump comes up with. She's called Trump's Big Beautiful Border Wall and plan for mass deportations "absolutely unrealistic."
“This issue of how we are treating our immigrants, and in particular our undocumented immigrants, is one of the most critical issues facing our country,” Harris said. “We are not going to be achieving who we say we are as a country if we attack our community members, our neighbors, our friends and our colleagues.”
She's also hopeful that, despite Trump's win and the Republican hold on Congress, some kind of comprehensive immigration reform can be achieved, saying she thinks "Republicans have come to understand that this is something they’re going to have to deal with." She's also pledging that she and other Senate Democrats will carefully vet Trump's nominee to the vacant Supreme Court seat, but won't engage in the kind of nobody-gets-a-hearing obstruction the R's used against Barack Obama: "There’s too much work to be done. I don’t expect the Democrats are going play those kinds of games."
Nevada: Catherine Cortez Masto (D)
Harry Reid may be leaving his seat, but he won't stand for this crap.
The former political director for Heck's campaign, Tom McAllister, tweeted in September that "Catherine is about as Mexican as I am." McAllister and a former aide for Heck described Cortez Masto's Senate campaign as "Hispandering at its finest."
Looks like Nevadans think she's as Latina as she needs to be, and may have been a bit put off my a bunch of gringos saying she was faking it. Perhaps they should have tried calling her Pocahontas or something.
Illinois: Tammy Duckworth (D)RPG attack on her helicopter in Iraq, stayed in the National Guard after rehab, worked in the VA, huge advocate for veterans as a member of the House of Representatives for two terms, and used her robot feet to kick out Mark Kirk, one of the most forgettable beneficiaries of the Teabag Tsunami of 2010, after his single undistinguished term. Tammy Duckworth is progressive Badassery personified, and we expect her to be fierce in the Senate, too. She has been lucky, in some ways, to have run against a series of idiots who had a talent for saying incredibly embarrassing things, but it wasn't her opponents' gaffes that got her elected. It was her own toughness. She will go far in the Senate, and beyond if she wants.
Indiana: Todd Young (R)
Indiana's Evan Bayh simply has to retake his Senate seat, for the sake of future political trivia.
Maryland: Chris Van Hollen (D)post-election news conference this week, she passed him the "torch," although since apparently they hadn't done an extensive props search, it was actually a toy lightsaber. We're perfectly cool with that. Now use your Jedi weapon and strike down some stupid Republican bills, Chris. Van Hollen said that while Trump won the election, his popular vote loss means it's Trump's job to reach out and win over the opposition.
New Hampshire: Maggie Hassan (D)
[wonkbar]http://wonkette.com/600068/new-hampshires-kelly-ayotte-and-maggie-hassan-gonna-lady-fight-for-senate-seat[/wonkbar]New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan beat incumbent Kelly Ayotte in a squeaker of a race that wasn't finally called until Wednesday afternoon, beating Ayotte by only 743 votes statewide. Yeah, your vote doesn't matter. (And if a few voters per district had gone the other way in a few swing states, Hillary Clinton would be president-elect.) Hassan's going to fight to protect Planned Parenthood funding, fight Donald Trump on nearly everything, and work to do something about the Northeast's opioid epidemic. And that new guy in the White House? Welp, she might be open to infrastructure spending and doing something about opioid addiction: “I will work with President-elect Trump when it is in the best interests of the country and New Hampshire, and stand up to him when it isn’t,” she said after the election.
So there's your guide to 2016's new faces; we're bummed it doesn't include at least two more Democrats. But come 2018, two years of President Trump may change that, even though more D's will be up for reelection than R's. Call it a hunch.
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