If you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you’re gonna go to jail. If it happens repeatedly, you may go to jail for the rest of your life, but evidently if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your bed at night.
As problems go, this is a good one to have: after last week’s election, a record 20 women will serve in the U.S. Senate–where the ladies’ restroom has only two stalls. At the Washington Ideas Forum on Wednesday, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar told the audience, “For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women’s bathroom. There were five of us in there, and there are only two stalls.”
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Probably goes without saying, but we need more senators like these two.
The conversation in Washington already seems to have turned to thefiscal cliff/slope, but there will plenty of time in the weeks and months ahead to talk about that, and before the week was over, I wanted to write something about the election and my own experience Tuesday night.
Six things I’m hoping for from the Democratic Convention
(shamelessly stealing this from Alex Pareene) making the theme of the first night “No, you really did not build that.”
a litany of corny jokes about Paul Ryan’s marathon time
letting an empty chair deliver the nomination acceptance speech
solid speeches from the up-and-comers like Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Martin O’Malley, and Cory Booker that make clear that the Democratic Party has a progressive vision for the country
an unexpected speech from Hillary Clinton, which won’t happen outside a brief moment before or after Bill’s speech, but which should and would be awesome (PS: this New Yorker article about Barack Obama and Bill Clinton makes me think she will run in 2016)
I mean, I suppose a good speech from the President Obama would be nice.
What the lobbyists want, what Wall Street wants, is they want Etch A Sketch Senators. They want the ones who will clear the screen and change their minds to do whatever big money tells them to do. That’s what they want. But let me tell you — I’ve been fighting for middle class families for years and nothing — nothing — will shake that commitment.
Elizabeth Warren on “Etch A Sketch” senators. We saw some of that this week.