Thursday, March 13, 2008

Acamademic Application

We've come so far. The Democratic candidate for president will be either a woman or an African American. But remember, before these two were candidates, they were senators. Before we had such a diverse batch of candidates, we had such diversity in Congress. As Mr. McKenna told his Government class today, white, middle-aged, Christian males no longer dominate the government. There are more women in Congress than ever before, among them Hillary Clinton and the first female Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. And the House has recently gotten even more diverse.

On Tuesday, Andre Carson (D) won a special election to replace his grandmother -- the late Rep. Julia Carson (D) -- in Indiana's 7th district. The younger Carson is the second Muslim in U.S. history to serve in Congress, following the trail blazed by current Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

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