December 9, 2013
Junior Senators: So Hot Right Now

Old age isn’t what it used to be.
On both sides of the U.S. Capitol, seniority, once prized, has lost some luster. In the House, the increasing weakness of committee chairs and the elimination of earmarks mean wizened veterans no longer wield the same influence. With its slow pace, long tenures, and hallowed traditions, the Senate—erstwhile home of Robert Byrd, Strom Thurmond, Ted Kennedy, and Ted Stevens—has treasured length of service even more. Newcomers were expected to keep their heads down and their voices low until they learned the rules and earned the right to speak up.
But does it matter anymore? Look at the news today and you can see junior senators from across the country dominating political news.
Read more. [Image: Joshua Roberts/Reuters]

Junior Senators: So Hot Right Now

Old age isn’t what it used to be.

On both sides of the U.S. Capitol, seniority, once prized, has lost some luster. In the House, the increasing weakness of committee chairs and the elimination of earmarks mean wizened veterans no longer wield the same influence. With its slow pace, long tenures, and hallowed traditions, the Senate—erstwhile home of Robert Byrd, Strom Thurmond, Ted Kennedy, and Ted Stevens—has treasured length of service even more. Newcomers were expected to keep their heads down and their voices low until they learned the rules and earned the right to speak up.

But does it matter anymore? Look at the news today and you can see junior senators from across the country dominating political news.

Read more. [Image: Joshua Roberts/Reuters]

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    GOOD.
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  11. link1n said: Isn’t Eliz Warren the SENIOR Sen from MA? Maybe Atlantic should run a pic of Kirsten G. 2 best Sen’s
  12. 23ivanalves said: Big shit
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    good. by fetishising inexperience and aggressive, partisan politics, finally the senate can work the way it was...
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