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  •  Lotsa people thought Hillary.... (18+ / 0-)

    was going to run into a wall when she joined the Senate, but she was smart.  She spent her first years listening a lot and learning the ropes and it helped her rise in the Senate.  Franken will be smart to heed the "protocols" of the Senate.  He probably will chafe at them, but he ignores them at his peril.

    Al is a very funny guy, but this is a new arena and I think he has discovered that people don't mind a little humor in their politicians, but they prefer gravitas.  Al is smart...he knows the issues.  He'll do fine.  The party needs Al and vice versa for the battles ahead.

    I am encouraged to see the overall results the Democrats have been getting in the early days of Congressional voting, although I share with many the angst over giving too much too soon to Republicans who will whine and moan constantly to try and whittle legislation from effective to spineless and then vote against it anyway.

    There are just enough GOP congressional folks who face rough election contests in 2010 and 2012 that I think we have a good chance to keep winning an appreciable number of battles now, but it won't be consistent and it won't be easy, especially if our side waffles too early and too often pursuing a "bi-partisanship" which the Republicans are trying to spin to their advantage.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 10:55:18 PM PST

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    •  but Hillary (4+ / 0-)
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      got some great committee assignments, including Foreign Relations.

      If Franken really does wind up with those offered by BooMan, it's a slap in the face. Many Senators have five major committee slots, and Robert Menendez has eight:

      Menendez's Assignments:

      Committee on Foreign Relations
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
      Committee on Finance
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Finance

      Surely some of these other Senator will give up extra seats to Franken. I'm sure Menendez could survive with six committee assignments instead of EIGHT.

      •  8 assignments? (6+ / 0-)
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        Are you just testing to see if anyone is paying attention?

        Let's get solar panels back on the White House roof and invite Jimmy Carter for the ceremony.

        by Red Bean on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 12:09:54 AM PST

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      •  I think he got all those... (1+ / 0-)
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        ....assignments so he could take full advantage of his incumbency after being appointed just a year before the 2006 elections. He really took a lot of leadership roles and was not only re-elected, but is now responsible for getting more Democrats elected to the Senate.

      •  Hillary Clinton was NEVER on the Senate Foreign (4+ / 0-)
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        Relations committee - she did get the Armed Services committee but that was in 2002.

        Her initial assignments were: HELP, Environment and Public Works, Budget. Only slightly better than Franken's.
        http://archives.cnn.com/...

        Here are her 109th Congress committees:

        Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

           * Senate Special Committee on Aging
           * Senate Committee on Armed Services
                 o Subcommittee on Airland
                 o Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
                 o Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
           * Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
                 o Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
                 o Subcommittee on Fisheries Wildlife and Water - Ranking Minority Member
           * Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
                 o Subcommittee on Retirement Security and Aging
                 o Subcommittee on Education and Early Childhood Development

        http://www.sourcewatch.org/...

        Here are the 110th Congress committees (which are the same - if you don't want to open the pdf:

        http://www.tpl.org/...

      •  You listed 3 committees twice - he does have 5 (3+ / 0-)
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        committees.

        Here is the official list for all Senators - http://www.senate.gov/...

        •  Our committees are three ... (0+ / 0-)

          Foreign Relations; Energy and Natural Resources; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and the Budget.  Four!  Our committees are four!  Foreign Relations; Energy and Natural Resources; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the Budget.  And Finance.  Ummm... Five!  Ooh!  Senator Fang, bring out the Comfy Assignment!

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