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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:53 PM

WOW. What an Amazing Sight!

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front row, center, poses with other female House members on the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the official opening of the 113th Congress . (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)




http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2013/01/03/congress-ushering-new-members-with-old-divide/NZPLYfmW0rM7W82prZ9u9N/story.html

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Reply WOW. What an Amazing Sight! (Original post)
sheshe2 Jan 2013 OP
libdem4life Jan 2013 #1
leftyohiolib Jan 2013 #7
libdem4life Jan 2013 #16
Hekate Jan 2013 #19
libdem4life Jan 2013 #29
loudsue Jan 2013 #2
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #40
connecticut yankee Jan 2013 #43
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #45
calimary Jan 2013 #73
Plucketeer Jan 2013 #74
monmouth3 Jan 2013 #3
wryter2000 Jan 2013 #4
longship Jan 2013 #10
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #30
truebrit71 Jan 2013 #37
trublu992 Jan 2013 #68
freshwest Jan 2013 #56
aquart Jan 2013 #5
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #12
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #6
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #8
Lex Jan 2013 #11
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #34
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #13
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #58
malaise Jan 2013 #9
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #14
Melinda Jan 2013 #15
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #36
ismnotwasm Jan 2013 #17
SheilaT Jan 2013 #18
Hekate Jan 2013 #22
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #24
caledesi Jan 2013 #20
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #21
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #27
coldbeer Jan 2013 #23
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 2013 #25
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #60
annatee33 Jan 2013 #26
Bucky Jan 2013 #28
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #31
rivegauche Jan 2013 #32
silverweb Jan 2013 #33
ReRe Jan 2013 #35
Uniblab Jan 2013 #38
Wait Wut Jan 2013 #39
otohara Jan 2013 #41
sarge43 Jan 2013 #42
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #49
seabeyond Jan 2013 #44
Little Star Jan 2013 #46
Ter Jan 2013 #47
efhmc Jan 2013 #48
samsingh Jan 2013 #50
Speck Tater Jan 2013 #51
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #52
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #54
Melinda Jan 2013 #53
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #55
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #62
llmart Jan 2013 #57
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #59
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #61
Flatpicker Jan 2013 #63
Earth_First Jan 2013 #64
altheablair2012 Jan 2013 #65
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #66
DeSwiss Jan 2013 #67
cascadiance Jan 2013 #69
shenmue Jan 2013 #70
TheMadMonk Jan 2013 #71
samsingh Jan 2013 #72
bvar22 Jan 2013 #75
Liberal_Dog Jan 2013 #76

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:57 PM

1. A Delightfully Diverse and Dynamic Rainbow !!!!!

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:09 PM

7. that depends on the def of diverse. diverse in age and race but not in sex

that aside im tired of seeing only all old white men there-

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:25 PM

16. Yes-I took out the references on purpose recalling that the other group all likely had on dark suits

white shirts, special cuff links, single-colored ties and used the other gender bathrooms...while still the dominant majority, trying to stay clear of the gender thing.

It's a good start !! Go, Nancy !!!

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:39 PM

19. Yes it is and no qualifiers necessary. Women lead the way!

Women can show those "old white guys" how it should be done. There are a lot of "firsts" in that group.

Beautiful pic, just beautiful. It makes me proud to be a woman this day.

Hekate

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Response to Hekate (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:09 PM

29. The Times They are A'changin'...time to share both the responsibility and the authority.

and the accountability.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:03 PM

2. Those aren't all democrats, however.

I wish they were.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:55 PM

40. Yep, and sadly...

,,,that photo includes some of the most batcrap-crazies in Congress. Yes, Virginia Foxx, Michelle Bachmann, and Marsha Blackburn, I'm talking about YOU.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #40)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:14 PM

43. Is Michelle Bachmann in the photo?

I don't see her.

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Response to connecticut yankee (Reply #43)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:30 PM

45. If that's not her in the back row...

...she is in the part that got cut off.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #45)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:36 PM

73. That's fine. Don't need her blighting that picture - or ANY picture.

This is a GREAT photo, though. LOVE seeing Tammy Duckworth standing there! And I look at Nancy Pelosi and think - "hey, let's put the Speaker's gavel back in her capable hands! Besides, she doesn't need that pathetic big-ass oversized dick substitute to prove how strong and powerful she is. Overcompensating much, boner?

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #45)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:57 PM

74. She looks better

in that Classic campaign photo with a corn dog!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:05 PM

3. And the hats!!! I love the hats...n/t

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:07 PM

4. Tammy Duckworth right next to Pelosi

Oh, my, that makes me smile!

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:18 PM

10. Tammy always makes me smile.

I am a huge fan.

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Response to longship (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:11 PM

30. +1

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Response to longship (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:41 PM

37. Especially seeing as who it was she beat to get there...

...i just can't stop smiling...(plus my long-term rethuglican congress-critter Judy Biggert was also defeated by a Dem - Bill Foster...i FINALLY have a Democrat to represent me!!!)

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Response to longship (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:54 AM

68. I know, she is finally in after losing close races she should of won.

She winning, Pres Obama and all the new people coming to Congress made my end year great!

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:06 PM

56. Love it!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:07 PM

5. Did they get them all in the picture?

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Response to aquart (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:18 PM

12. Nope.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:09 PM

6. Where's Elizabeth?

Congratulations to all those fabulous women.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:16 PM

8. She isn't in the House.

These are only congresswomen, not senators.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:18 PM

11. Which means 6 years for her!

Excellent.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:32 PM

34. LOL I forgot! I'm just anxious to see her. nt

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:18 PM

13. She is being sworn in as Senator...

This pic is of congress!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:58 PM

58. The Senate is part of Congress. I think you might have meant to say the pic is of The House. n/t




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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:18 PM

9. Lovely

Rec

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Response to malaise (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:20 PM

14. Tis a sight for sore eyes!

Thanks malaise.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:24 PM

15. **Tears**

What a beautiful group of women, each of whom represents the rest of us. The best of us. Our sisters. Can't help the tears falling....

Thanks sheshe

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Response to Melinda (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:38 PM

36. Happy Dance!!!

"Our sisters."

Love that, Melinda!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:26 PM

17. K&R

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:38 PM

18. I am looking forward to the day when at least half of the House

and half of the Senate is women.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:40 PM

22. Amen, sister. nt

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:41 PM

24. Me, too. nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:39 PM

20. Look at all the women! nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:40 PM

21. And that's only 27 faces...

...of the 96 wonderful women serving in the 113th Congress. 20 Senators and 78 Representatives.

We should look forward to the day when the numbers are 50 Senators and 218 Representatives.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:53 PM

27. 78 out of 435 Hours members. We've come a long way, but have further to go.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:40 PM

23. Warren and Pelosi!

Thats my fantasy picks for the next oval office.

Of course Pelosi pissed me of for not attempting to
impeach Bush. And I think me and Elizabeth are
related because my great-great grandfather said
there was an Indian in the woodpile. (what does
that mean?) Just family history.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:49 PM

25. There's a photo for Mitt's binders. nt

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:02 PM

60. +1

Let's see the Repubs produce a picture even remotely the same as this!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:52 PM

26. Closer to real equality

Step by step, inch by inch.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:54 PM

28. Yeah, and THEY boxed it into a minority of House seats.

In 2020 we'll have to do it all over again. Jeeze, the work of democracy is never done.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:13 PM

31. K&R

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:19 PM

32. Wheee! Go get 'em, ladies! nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:27 PM

33. Beautiful!!



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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:38 PM

35. K&R...

Last edited Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:54 PM - Edit history (1)

...for all the females in the House. Sad that they aren't ALL Democrats, though. All beautiful, but Tammy Duckworth just stands out, doesn't she? That smile! Too bad they don't have a "Women's Caucus"... where they all vote in unison on the blatant women's issues such as
THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT!, etc., etc., etc. Yes, it is a beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing with us, sheshe2.

*Edited to correct: These are all DEMOCRATIC LADIES OF THE HOUSE! No
Repbulican ladies included... just seen the photo-shoot a while ago on C-Span.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:44 PM

38. What a wonderful

Sight to behold! Keep it goin' for 2014!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:47 PM

39. Look at their faces!

Proud women, they are!

But, the one I'm happiest to see is our Nancy.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:03 PM

41. Well Done Lady Dems

they look beautiful, diverse...smart.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:04 PM

42. Ladies who legislate.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #42)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:39 PM

49. maybe even over lunch!

Heeeeeeeeheeeeee ..... couldnt resist!

Go WOMEN!

Oh yeah, they'll show em how it's done!!!!!!!!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:15 PM

44. yes... the senate is better, also. nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:31 PM

46. Beautiful ain't it? Now we just need more.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:33 PM

47. Love the diversity, hate the hats

 

Why are they wearing them?

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:38 PM

48. Lovely, but I want MORE!!!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:39 PM

50. beautiful

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 04:43 PM

51. The founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

 

Let 'em role! We'll go right on making progress!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:00 PM

52. Benches Full of Women

I found this brief, interesting article on the history of women in Congress:
113th Congress Welcomes Benches Full of Women ]



For the first time in history, women and minorities will make up the majority of one party in the House of Representatives. Women's issues have been prominent legislatively and on the campaign trail. One of the most prominent examples is the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which President Obama regularly and proudly cites as the first bill he signed into law. A campaign that included a focus on health issues and women's equity and saw both parties wooing female voters helped bring about the largest demographic shift in the history of our national legislative body.

"There have been surges in minority membership at certain moments in the past -- Reconstruction, for instance," said Beverly Gage of Yale University. "But this year's election is unprecedented both in numbers and in range. We're not talking about new senators and congressmen from a few isolated pockets of society, but something much more widespread. Women and minority politicians have increased access to both new and established networks of power and influence, and that access has begun to pay off in electoral success."


Enjoy your success, Ladies! Best wishes for a better United States.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #52)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:01 PM

54. Thank you DreamGypsy!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:57 PM

53. Found a photo of the Democratic Women of the 113th Congress!



Courtesy of US Representative Grace Napolitano!

https://www.facebook.com/RepGraceNapolitano?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Response to Melinda (Reply #53)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:04 PM

55. Beautiful Photo!

Makes me proud!

Thanks Melinda.

She

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Response to Melinda (Reply #53)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:19 PM

62. Here's a fuller/wider photo of the DEMOCRATIC women of The House



Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C), stands with the Democratic women of the House to highlight the historic diversity of the House Democratic Caucus, on January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 07:19 PM

57. I won't be happy.....

until it's at least 50/50, preferably more. I'm old enough to remember other times when we got excited about more women in Congress, but it seems to me like it's taking a very long time to make greater strides. Remember the "Year of the Woman"? We thought the numbers were going to increase dramatically then, too, but they didn't.

Guess I'm getting older and more impatient.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:01 PM

59. Below is a photo of all TWENTY female U.S. SENATORS




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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #59)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:09 PM

61. That's great!

Thanks TX4obama!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:20 PM

63. Cool

Now, How will they vote?

If all we get are men in skirts from a voting perspective, then what was the point.

These women have fought to get there and make a difference. Now they have to prove that it makes a difference that they are there.

I'm cynical. I'm not sure gender matters once the lobby money starts floating around.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:30 PM

64. At what point did wearing a hat for an offical photograph sound like a good idea?

Not ONE, but TWO decided this...

Sorry, not to nitpick the original goal of the OP...this is a wonderful accomplishment on the part of women!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:39 PM

65. Cool!

I'm proud to be a woman.
Go! Go!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:08 AM

66. Beautiful...

maybe these women can bring a bit of sanity to DC.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:07 AM

67. More, more, more! K&R n/t

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:55 AM

69. My congresswoman is standing right behind Nancy... Bumped in to her at the airport before XMas...

... when she was coming back in to Portland Friday evening, saying then that she was surprised that she was going to be able to get home for Christmas then with all of the last minute "dealing" then, and I was on my way to L.A. (where I was kept at the airport to just past the end of the "end of the world" day by Delta Airlines keeping my Alaska flight from pulling in to the gate for well over an hour).

Hoping that these women can be a big part along with other new progressives like Alan Grayson in fighting off the corporatist/tea party/Republican infestation in the House this coming term.. I have a lot more confidence in Ms. Bonamici whose been far more accessible to us than our former rep David Wu.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:42 AM

70. The hats are cool

I've always thought public officials should wear hats.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:24 PM

71. 28 out of how many. It's a start. /nt

 

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:41 PM

72. kick

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:22 PM

75. DURec.

I generally avoid political conclusions based on gender or race.
In and of itself, "diversity" as a goal is over-hyped, and guarantees nothing.
After all, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ann Coulter, and Michele Bachmann are women.
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....But the above photo filled me with pride and optimism.
Go Democrats!




You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their rhetoric, promises, or excuses.
Solidarity99!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:28 PM

76. K & R

Makes me so proud to be a Democrat.

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