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Is U.S. Senate bound to become more diverse?

L.A. Times 2013/02/07 22:51:58
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The usually pin-drop-quiet Senate gallery erupted in applause Thursday after William “Mo” Cowan was sworn in as the newest senator from Massachusetts. Vice President Joe Biden administered the noontime oath to Cowan, a Democrat and former chief of staff to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Appointed by the Democratic governor, Cowan will temporarily fill the seat opened by John Kerry’s confirmation as secretary of State. A special election will be held June 25 to permanently fill the seat.

Cowan was quickly congratulated by Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the chamber’s only other African American senator, who was also appointed by his state’s governor after a vacancy. The two men shared a handshake, and a hug, in a rare moment in the chamber where diversity has trailed that of the nation. Never before has the Senate had two blacks serving at the same time, according to the Senate Historical Office.

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  • Martyr4Christ 2013/02/08 07:08:26
    Yes
    Martyr4Christ
    +17
    But the more important question remains: When will we look beyond a person's skin color and question what really matters: ethics, morals, standards, values?

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  • Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/19 13:59:49
    Yes
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    LA Times: "Never before has the Senate had two blacks serving at the same time, according to the Senate Historical Office."

    And what's even better is that each one represents a different political point of view!

    Next goal for Congress? TERM LIMITS
  • Jimm 2013/02/12 20:01:09
    Yes
    Jimm
    +2
    Undoubtedly...especially as more illegal immigrants are granted carte blanche citizenship. With citizenship comes voting rights...with voting rights comes more Latino candidates which will be supported by the new Latino citizenry. So, sure...it's bound to become more diverse.
  • Jensenmk 2013/02/12 11:03:19
    Yes
    Jensenmk
    +1
    Maybe we'll get some more Senators that actually represent the common American, instead of the elitist hypocrites that fill up a majority of the seats.
  • Mike Jensenmk 2013/02/12 18:41:11
    Mike
    Just because of the election of a few upper middle-class women and non-whites?
    Dream On ! lol
  • Jensenmk Mike 2013/02/13 13:03:07
    Jensenmk
    +1
    The sarcasm function is broken here.

    Adding women and non-whites does nothing if they hold the same elitist/progressive beliefs as the rest of the body determinded to undermine the Constitution and subjecate the citizenry.
  • Mike Jensenmk 2013/02/14 03:32:46
    Mike
    Yes, but some members of those groups fail to understand that very basic reality.
  • Jensenmk Mike 2013/02/14 12:03:49
    Jensenmk
    +1
    It has to do with the liberal application of diversity through those intolerant to diverse opinions.
  • aherbert 2013/02/12 06:51:38
  • Jensenmk aherbert 2013/02/12 11:04:52
    Jensenmk
    +1
    Not as important as a real understanding of their task and purpose, or a sincere sense of duty to serve in the best interests of the country.
  • aherbert Jensenmk 2013/02/14 03:22:55
    aherbert
    It is all important ... especially coming from a diverse group of individuals.
  • Jensenmk aherbert 2013/02/14 16:51:01
    Jensenmk
    Superficial diversity, you mean, they all look different, versus true diversity of different backgrounds and beliefs in spite of race, color or creed. The elitist/progressive mentality unfortunately spans all those groups, and they have collectively lost sight with their duty to serve the citizens in accordance with the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • aherbert Jensenmk 2013/02/25 08:09:17
    aherbert
    You say that as if it is wrong?
  • Jensenmk aherbert 2013/03/02 15:46:59
    Jensenmk
    Yup - understanding one's duties and responsibilities is more important than the color of the skin, sex, or some other divisive label; those in the federal service to this country should be Americans first and above else.
  • aherbert Jensenmk 2013/03/06 04:58:38
    aherbert
    +1
    One in office should do their duties ... regardless. Sex, color etc ... should not be in the equation ... yes the country should be first!
  • Dan 2013/02/12 04:36:22
    Yes
    Dan
    +2
    It stands to reason. If the voting population becomes more diverse then the elected officials will become more diverse. I just hope we can all be realistic enough to value performance over appearance.
  • Kigan 2013/02/11 22:35:53
    Yes
    Kigan
    +3
    And perhaps by then we'll stop qualifying everyone by the color of a person's skin or their gender and start seeing the actual person.
  • Dugie45 2013/02/11 19:52:32
    No
    Dugie45
    +1
    NO, not as long as Obama, Harry Reid and Pelosi are in power. Until we get leaders with common sense, leaders that will be really transparent toward their constituents and start to tell us the truth instead of covering up everything with a pack of lies and bills that are laden with anti-constitution and freedoms content for our citizens.
  • gerald.... Dugie45 2013/02/12 06:54:36
    gerald.rice
    +3
    so all the other administrations before this one were transparent and forth coming???
    do you really believe that crap? or are you just picking this one because its what we have now?
    im not saying that this administration hasnt had its problems, but maybe you should dig into the historical perspectives on the last, say, five presidents.
    i agree that transparency is important. i just dont know if you understand how opaque some of our former leaders' admins were.
    from illegally funding future terrorists with drug money smuggled in to the U.S. BY our government, to starting for profit wars that contributed directly to the economic mess we are still dealing with, there have been a lot of cover ups, lies and assaults on our constitution over the last forty years.
    if you are really 67 years old and are smart enough to see the faults in this administration, certainly you are old and wise enough to have seen the rest.
    im FORTY SEVEN and ive seen it.
  • John Wa... gerald.... 2013/02/19 16:52:33 (edited)
    John Walker II
    "Until we get leaders with common sense..."

    read: Republicans (or other party except the current one)

    That's the usual interpretation for any call to replace leadership with 'missing' quality...
  • gerald.... John Wa... 2013/02/19 18:19:42
    gerald.rice
    so, does that mean that you have been happy with all past administrations?OR does that mean you are happy with all of the past republican administrations?
  • John Wa... gerald.... 2013/02/20 18:19:15
    John Walker II
    I'll be happy when both fanatical, self serving, self-righteous, arrogant, ignorant PARTIES are Broken, batter, done, and beaten, and drowned at that bottom of the marinas trench and the name 'republican' and 'democrat' have the same stigma and laws as 'nazi' does in germany.

    Does that make it pretty clear where I stand on that?
  • gerald.... John Wa... 2013/02/20 18:32:56
    gerald.rice
    yes it does. thank you.
  • John Walker II 2013/02/11 18:37:24
    Yes
    John Walker II
    +3
    I wish we could get past the whole labeling thing as well. Black, white, brown, green, purple.. does it matter really?

    Look at what they do, not what they are.
  • Mike John Wa... 2013/02/12 18:42:09
    Mike
    Well, I'm afraid that green DOES matter!
  • M 2013/02/11 10:21:02
  • M M 2013/02/11 10:22:35
  • Lt. Fred 2013/02/11 07:35:42
    No
    Lt. Fred
    +1
    A very interesting frame. Are African-Americans 'divisive'?
  • Max7 Lt. Fred 2013/02/11 19:44:29
    Max7
    +4
    Would you explain to me precisely what you're saying? I don't understand your comment or your question.
  • Lt. Fred Max7 2013/02/12 12:12:00
    Lt. Fred
    +1
    The story is about more African-American senators, the related question asking whether the senate will be more divisive. They're related, aren't they?
  • Max7 Lt. Fred 2013/02/12 23:52:53
    Max7
    +1
    When you look at the political arena, it's all becoming more diverse!
  • aherbert Lt. Fred 2013/02/12 06:52:59
  • Lt. Fred aherbert 2013/02/12 12:12:10
    Lt. Fred
    +1
    Can you read?
  • aherbert Lt. Fred 2013/02/14 03:23:25
    aherbert
    +1
    You didn't write anything of intelligence ...
  • Max7 2013/02/11 01:36:55
    Yes
    Max7
    +3
    Our country is becoming more diverse, and is a problem for those not ready for equality. It is great to see the doors of opportunity opening up for everybody, and eventually color will not be a factor.
  • Lt. Fred Max7 2013/02/11 07:43:59
  • Max7 Lt. Fred 2013/02/11 19:43:01
  • Adakin ... Max7 2013/02/19 14:09:54 (edited)
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    Max, just courious... Does it matter to you that both Tim Scott and 'Mo' Cowan were appointed to their positions in the U.S. Senate, instead of being elected to their positions?

    Of course, Tim Scott (R) ran for and was elected to Congress in the U.S. House, but according to Wiki, Mr. Cowen (D) has never been elected to ANY public office.
  • Steve Boston 2013/02/11 00:44:52
    No
    Steve Boston
    +1
    No. However the Senate is indeed "bound" by PC. This of course requires us to meet quotas not necessarily meet the best qualified person for the position. PC continues to weaken our nation with no end in sight.
  • Lt. Fred Steve B... 2013/02/11 07:44:24
    Lt. Fred
    +1
    African-Americans are not qualified?
  • Vanquished Steve B... 2013/02/12 07:29:21
    Vanquished
    +1
    Well, Devil Patrick got to nominate this guy and nobody voted for him so its just a matter of crony politics with this one.

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