Return of the Joker Jedi: The Bachmann Chronicles

Last year was particularly hard on the fortunes of Tea Party doyenne Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)  After a flop at seeking the Party of No nod for President, and Bachmann’s months of proudly proclaiming her childhood Iowa roots, voters in her 6th Congressional District in Minnesota noticed their Congresswoman was off politicking for the White House, playing Tea Party ideologue, and AWOL from her constituents. … [Read more]

113th Congress Already Makes History

Yesterday marked the last official day on the job for the 112th Congress. That particular Congress made history by breaking a record: they were deemed the least productive Congress ever due to lack of legislation passed. Today, the 113th Congress will make history of its own; this group will be the most diverse Congress ever. When the legislators swear into office taking the constitutionally mandated oath at noon, American citizens will be represented by a class of not just men, but by more women and openly gay lawmakers.… [Read more]

A Woman’s Place is in the House and the Senate

Sen. Harry Reid (R-Nev.)

Senate Majority Leader

Searchlight, Nev.

Dear Harry,

No doubt, hidebound Senate rules to govern traditional committee assignments are, of necessity, more intricate than a cloakroom coin toss.  That said, there is some exceptional talent coming in, which shouldn’t be wasted doing an apprenticeship in the shadows.

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the Harvard Law professor and the financial industry’s Public Enemy No.… [Read more]

Finally….Election Day is Over and the Nation Looks Forward

One of the things that I get to explain to inquisitive European friends is that America’s several time zones make for a very long Election Night. Despite pre-election web-surfed emigre house shopping moments between a nice seven-figure flat on Oslo’s stylish Bygdøy allé and a nice fjord view house on the slopes of Holmenkollen, there probably isn’t a winning lottery ticket in the pile on my desk to bail to Norway with.… [Read more]

Wisconsin Elects Tammy Baldwin — Becomes First Openly Gay Senator

More history has been reported during tonight’s election results. In addition to Elizabeth Warren’s Senate win in Massachusetts which makes her the first female senator from Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin won the Wisconsin Senate race which makes her the first openly gay senator.

Ms. Baldwin is considered to be one of the most liberal candidates to run for office this season.… [Read more]