As the U.S. speeds down an increasingly bumpy road toward that dreaded "fiscal cliff," the inability of this lame duck Congress to come to some sort of reasonable compromise makes all of its members seem as oily and despicable as your classic cartoon villain. So I was glad to turn my back on the 112th Congress and focus on the next iteration -- the 113th one that will convene in January 2013.
Who says 13 is an unlucky number? I'm tempted to say, "Oh boy, oh boy" to express my excitement. But "oh girl, oh girl" would be more gender appropriate. In 2013 we will see a record number of women take their seats in Congress, including the first openly gay Senator ever elected, the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate, and the first all-female Congressional delegation ever elected along with a female governor. (Can you guess what state is so progressive-minded to elect such strong, smart women?)
It's all in my forward-looking wrap-up of the women of the 113th Congress, coming soon to a nation's capitol near you...though unfortunately not soon enough if the current partisan Congress continues to play chicken with that cliff and our economy.
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