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TedsGarage Donating Member (159 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:07 PM
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Who is the most obscure senator?
I would say Jeff Bingaman, D-N. Mex. He's been there 24 years and today is the first time I ever saw him mentioned in a newspaper. It was a New York Times article about evangelicals and global warming. Can't remember ever seeing him on TV, can't think of a law he sponsored. Anyone else got a candidate?
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:08 PM
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1. Oh, whathisname
You know. That one.
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:10 PM
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2. yeah, the guy from that state
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 12:14 PM by northzax
you know, that one. with the bad hairpiece?
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Montauk6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:32 PM
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9. What? Y'mean the guy with the nose? That guy?
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 01:14 PM
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11. No, the other guy
From that state. Oh, you know, that state. Kinda by the coast? Sort of east, west, north and south of there.
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 01:21 PM
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12. The one standing next to the guy wearing the maroon tie?
Just wanted to make sure! ;-)
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 01:35 PM
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13. That's the one
Right behind the guy standing next to the one with the mauve tie. Over by the other thing.
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Montauk6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:45 PM
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22. Wait, you don't mean that state where they got that city, do you?
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Sammy Pepys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:18 PM
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3. Wayne Allard for the Reps
Herb Kohl for the Dems
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TedsGarage Donating Member (159 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:22 PM
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4. Republican
I'd say Mike Crapo of Idaho is the most obscure Republican. I'd try to keep a low profile I had that name, too.
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LeftNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:17 PM
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19. Great name for a Republican though...Crapo...nt
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:29 PM
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5. Anybody able to name a senator from Oregon?
I didn't think so.
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:31 PM
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7. Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith?
Hope I got that first name right!
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:50 PM
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15. Oh, fine. There would be some smarty-pants out there who's heard of
our fearless representatives in the Senate. ;-)

Bet you're a former Oregonian....
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 11:28 PM
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25. Nahh...I'm a bit of a freak actually...
I used to be an Elevator operator in the Capitol. We had to memorize all of the senators (this was in the early 80's). Ever since then I have been able to name every Senator by heart. Weird and useless I know!
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:18 AM
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31. You're not a freak. Many people are familiar with Oregon's politicians.
Especially the neoconservatives, for various reasons.

I'm sure no one is trying to offend Oregonians, those of us who read real news and follow which senators are and are not nationally recognized by anyone, but--too late.
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 02:51 AM
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39. Wow. Let me know when you publish your memoir!
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mchill Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:03 AM
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29. My friend ran into Senator Wyden the other day
at a restaurant. He asked her dinner table about his vote for SCOTUS Roberts. She told him he shouldn't have done it.
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 02:48 AM
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37. Welcome, mchill!
Good for your friend. Ron needs to hear from constituents more often!
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:36 PM
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21. Ron Wyden (D), Gordon Smith (R)
Sorry, I just had to. I can name all 100.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:20 AM
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32. Welcome to DU.
Nice handle.

Lots of people, yes, even those who don't live in Oregon, know who Wyden and Smith are.
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unschooler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 02:50 AM
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38. Thanks.
I've been around for a while, but I guess I'm not a serious long-timer yet.
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:30 PM
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6. the other senator from Delaware
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More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:25 AM
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33. hmmm, someone beat me to it.
Edited on Thu Feb-09-06 12:25 AM by Heaven and Earth
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 07:59 PM
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46. Wouldn't that be Carper?
nt
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neverevergivein Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:31 PM
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8. Anyone not named John Kerry n/t
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:34 PM
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10. Other than hearing his name as the first on the list during roll calls....
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 12:37 PM by Armstead
I know nothing about "Missstoor Akaka."
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 01:45 PM
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14. Craig Thomas
r maybe it's just that everytime he speaks (yawn) he puts me to. ahm, well, sleep zzzzzzz!

Really, this guy could take over for Mr. Rogers. He has that kind of voice. (How on earth does he campaign? He has the sleepiest voice ever.)
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thatsrightimirish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:55 PM
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16. i would say
not biden the other one from delaware
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NJ Democrats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:15 PM
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18. You mean Tom Carper?
I would say a Rpeuke from either Wyoming or Idaho. Enzi, prob. Maybe Thomas, someone from there.
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:13 PM
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17. Sununu?
I always found him to be random.

Ensign is really obscure too. I think his car crash was the most press the guy's ever gotten.
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 08:25 PM
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20. I can't remember his name.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:49 PM
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23. How about the guy from ......... uh ........ Hawaii? He's been there since
the volcano erupted from the Pacific floor.
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TedsGarage Donating Member (159 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 09:54 PM
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24. Senator Dan?
He at least chaired the Iran-Contra hearings. Although he's been pretty quiet for the last 20 years.
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radio4progressives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:12 AM
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30. Senator Inoyhe? or Senator Akaka? Or Both?
I remember Senator Inoyhe from the days of Iran Contra, I think he used to sit on the Judicial hearings too during the Borking and Antia Hill? i can't remember, but lately I rarely if ever see him - and even more rare do i see Senator Akaka.

They both voted FOR ClOTURE in Alito, I think they must have done that by way of proxy, because I haven't seen either one of them since this session began.
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TheGunslinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 11:37 PM
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26. Jim Bunning (R-Ky)
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:00 AM
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28. Nuttier than a squirrel turd. He's kept away from cameras for good reason
<snip>

Erratic behavior during 2004 reelection bid

During Bunning's reelection bid in 2004, controversy erupted when Bunning described Mongiardo {his 2004 opponent - sd} as looking "like one of Saddam Hussein's sons." Public distaste compelled him to apologize. Other behavior, including accusing Mongiardo of physically assaulting Bunning's wifeclaiming that his wife was left "black and blue"and the use of a teleprompter during a televised debate caused several media analysts to question Bunning's mental state. Bunning set unprecedented conditions on the debate: he refused to appear in person but instead was televised from the Republican national headquarters (claiming that votes in the Senate required him to be in Washington, when in actuality the Senate was not in session); he refused to allow an independent observer in the room with him; he insisted that no portion of any recording of his performance could be rebroadcast; he insisted that the debate be broadcast live in the afternoon instead of the customary prime time hours; and other conditions. After the debate, the state's two largest newspapers, the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader, both called for Bunning to step down.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Bunning
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snowbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 11:45 PM
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27. They only wake up Ted Stevens if ANWR comes up...
Other than that, he's pretty much out of it.. :boring:

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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 12:38 AM
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34. the Mississippi Senator other than Trent Lott
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 01:15 AM
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35. Frist's sidekick in TN
What's that guys name, Lamar Alexander? Never heard of the guy...

And Steven's sidekick in Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. I never heard of her either.

Dem side, hmmmmmmmmm, Herb Kohl was new to me although I think he has more name recognition. Both of the Senators from Maryland, Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski. I never heard of those two.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 01:30 AM
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36. Inhofe? R OK
only remember him 'cause he was quoting scripture from the senate floor during the Owen's hearings last May
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 07:55 PM
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45. Ugh, that guy is such a jerk
He thinks all this talk about Global Warming is a myth. UGH! :banghead:

Welcome to DU!!!
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gr8dane_daddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 03:39 AM
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40. Gosh, I just wished my senators were obscured...
john c and kay baily h....retards.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 05:13 AM
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41. Who's the other Senator from Nebraska...not Ben Nelson?
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 05:21 AM
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42. Chuck Hagel.
He gets in the media now and then for being a "maverick"
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 05:18 PM
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43. Some good contenders on this thread. I'd say it was Daniel Akaka (D-HI),
Edited on Sat Feb-11-06 05:19 PM by Old Crusoe
as Crazy Guggenheim and others have suggested. That's not to say I don't like him. I do. He writes back when I send letters, even though I'm not even a resident of Hawi'i.

But he does not enjoy a powerful profile in Washington and almost no one else has ever heard of him.
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 07:52 PM
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44. Backbencher Bill Nelson whose name only appears when it is
confused with the Nelson from Nebraska.
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 08:11 PM
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47. It's probably different for everyone
depending on which state they're from. Many (possibly most) Americans wouldn't b able to name their own state's senators.

But certain senators certainly are publicity hounds. Biden and Orrin Hatch both love cameras. Lieberman and Kerry are well known for being on national tickets.

For me the most obscure senators are those from Wyoming and the "other guy" from Idaho (I know Crapo is one), Utah (know Hatch forgot the other), Montana (Baucus but forget the other)...

There's a few other states' senators I forget. I know all the more recently elected senators since I started paying attention to senate races...
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 10:16 PM
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48. Ensign of Nevada. Hasn't done shit since getting elected.
A repuke toady thru and thru.

No initiatives, no legislation.

Rides on Harry Reids coattails when not dutifully parroting repuke crap.
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