Tammy Baldwin earns Senate ‘golden gavel’
All those extra hours of Senate session recently have a silver lining — or make that gold — for Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
The Wisconsin Democrat is the first frosh to snag the chamber’s “golden gavel”award, bestowed on senators who’ve spent 100 hours presiding over the chamber — a duty that involves lots of rule-consultation, roll-call-ordering, and the occasional banging of a (non-golden) gavel to create order on the floor. The Loop had reported that she was leading the freshman class in its informal derby to see who could cross the 100-hour mark first. (Hey, they’re competitive types.)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid praised Baldwin’s fortitude. “We have not had a harder working senator,” he said, admitting that some of the time she served in the chair might not have “been too much fun.”
And no matter how dull things can get in the Senate, at least she hasn’t fallen asleep in the chair, as Rep. George (R-N.C.) Holden apparently did yesterday.
Not everything is terrible. Tammy Baldwin exists.
Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson: No Pair of Senators are Further Apart
If congressional voting records are any guide, no state has two U.S. senators who are further apart politically than Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin.
Wisconsin, the great Badger State, where our champion Green Bay Packers have never won a Super Bowl without a Democrat in the White House, where our Iron Brigade fought so all men and women could be free, where Lady Forward guards our Capitol to remind us we will always go forward and not back, and Wisconsin — home of our next great senator, Tammy Baldwin. We proudly cast all 103 of our votes for President Barack Obama!
--Mike Tate, Chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, during roll call at the DNC.
The Senate Race in Wisconsin
The results of a Quinnipiac poll on how each of the Republican senate candidates would stack up against Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin:
Baldwin 47%, Tommy Thompson 47%
Baldwin 48%, Mark Neumann 45%
Baldwin 47%, Eric Hovde 43%
Baldwin 51%, Jeff Fitzgerald 39%
Meet the Woman Who’s Poised to Become America’s First Openly Gay Senator
If she’s elected she’ll become, at the tender age of 50, the first female senator from Wisconsin and also the country’s first openly gay senator. No pressure! She’ll also be a very powerful ally in the fight to protect the rights of women from being hacked to death by axe-wielding Republicans. So you’ll want to get onboard the Tammy train now, that way if and when she hits the Senate you can say you knew her way back when.
josh--a asked: Do you think Russ Feingold will run for and, if he does, win Sen. Kohl's seat next year? Also is he your preferred Dem candidate or would you like to see someone else, e.g. Tammy Baldwin, run?
Great question! I would love nothing more than to have Feingold represent Wisconsin again. In my mind, replacing Feingold with Ron Johnson epitomized everything tragic about the November 2010 elections. I just have to believe that Wisconsin learned from that mistake, knows better now, and would elect Feingold if he ran. But I’m not holding my breath that he’ll be a contender. Although I could see him entering the political arena again, I’d be surprised if it was for senate in 2012.
If not Feingold, I think Baldwin would be a good choice (especially among the people hinting at running). It might be a long shot, but I would really like to see Erpenbach make a run for it.