A Big Fucking Deal: Watch Tammy Baldwin Make a Little History

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woooO!!!
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Proud of my home State for making this happen. Especially so soon after the Scott Walker fiasco. I know she didn't take Russ Feingold's seat but what a welcome. I hope she does great.
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Fantastic.
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oh man we are so proud to be a homo sapiens...
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Even though I left 20 years ago, I consider Wisconsin my home state too. So, yay Wisconsin!
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@5 - I feel the same way about Missouri. They have their problems, but they'd rather vote for a dead man than John Ashcroft, and they at least have the good sense to not vote for the legitimacy of rape.
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I've got my ties to Wisconsin too, five years of elementary school, friends and relatives living all over the state. So I'm particularly pleased with this election too.

Incidentally, as someone who interacts with people who might be called members of the religious right fairly often, most are perfectly decent, very friendly, and wonderful neighbors. Just because we have political differences doesn't make the other side monsters.

Besides, when we win our full equality, we're still going to have to live with these people. I hope we can do that with grace, respect and friendship, even if they did not extend that to us in days gone by.
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Should she be struck down by lightning for daring to swear on a BIBLE???? I mean, JESUS. JESUS, people! JESUS!
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Is that THE GAY AGENDA she's holding?
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Since the religious right looks upon the Salem Witch Trials as "the good old days," they pretty much disapprove of everyone.
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Isn't there something in the U.S. Constitution that says that there will be no religious test for holding office? So what's with all this swearing on the bible 'so help you God' bullshit in Senatorial oaths?
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@12, did you see Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) get sworn in? She is the first Buddhist US Senator, and she and her husband politely declined to hold a bible for their swearing in. And in an encouraging sign, neither Joe Biden nor anyone else seemed to make a big deal out of it. So that's progress.

On the other hand, I felt a little bad Tammy Baldwin didn't have a wife, S.O., or family member to hold her bible. I'm sure it was her choice, but I'm really looking forward to the day when a gay or lesbian high-office holder is sworn in alongside their proud, smiling spouse.
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Who said you can't carpet munch your way to the top?
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Call me biased, but I like the other Tammy, Tammy Duckworth. Fellow vet, war hero, hopefully making the VA a better place.
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@12: The pictures of politicians placing their hand on a Bible seem to be unofficial 'photo ops':

http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/…
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ROCKING!
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Mr(?) Corydon - Your experience is far more fortunate than mine. I shall grant you that most are capable of exhibiting such conduct, but the act quickly vanishes as soon as it becomes clear that one represents a challenge to their privilege to order the world entirely as they like. And in a way I can sympathize. It's not like patriarchy, which hurts men too. Their world order is entirely to their benefit, and they will go to lengths to keep it. I'll agree that in general they aren't monsters.

And I am prepared to offer unilateral compassion, but not unilateral respect. My phrasing would be, "more grace than was shown to us," and, from what I've seen, we're on good track to meet that quota.

As for Ms Baldwin... well, one knows where the Senate can lead. It would provide a good reason to want to last until 2020 or 2024, and be an excellent Progressive Double Whammy... but one year at a time.
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@10: I snorted at that.
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Best of luck, Tammy!