Monday, July 04, 2005

Gerontocracy

In today's Washington Post, there was an article titled "Bork's 1987 Hearings on Senators' Minds." The third paragraph of the article states:

"The memory of Bork's tumultuous Senate hearings 18 years ago are very much on the minds of senators..."

This, of course, made me wonder how many senators actually have a memory of the hearings in the senate. Using the laborious process of comparing the Senators of the 109th Congress to their terms in office, I have compiled a list of the senators who were actually there:

1. Baucus, Max. (D-MT) 1978.
2. Biden, Joseph R. Jr., (D-DE) 1973.
3. Bingaman, Jeff. (D-NM) 1983.
4. Bond, Christopher. (R-MO) 1987.
5. Byrd, Robert C. (D-WV) 1959.
6. Cochran, Thad. (R-MS) 1978.
7. Conrad, Kent. (D-ND) 1987.
8. Dodd, Christopher J. (D-CT) 1981.
9. Domenici, Pete V. (R-NM) 1973.
10. Grassley, Charles E. (R-NY) 1981.
11. Harkin, Tom (D-IA) 1985.
12. Hatch, Orrin G. (R-UT) 1977.
13. Inouye, Daniel K. (D-HI) 1963.
14. Kennedy, Edward M. (D-MA) 1962.
15. Kerry, John F. (D-MA) 1985.
16. Lautenberg, Frank. (D-NJ) 1982. (He had a two year break from 2001-2003.)
17. Leahy, Patrick. (D-VT) 1975.
18. Levin, Carl M. (D-MI) 1979.
19. Lugar, Richard G. (R-IN) 1977.
20. McCain, John. (R-AZ) 1987.
21. McConnell, Mitch. (R-KY) 1985.
22. Mikulski, Barbara. (D-MD) 1987.
23. Reid, Harry. (D-NV) 1987.
24. Rockefeller, John D., IV (D-WV) 1985.
25. Sarbanes, Paul S. (D-MD) 1977.
26. Shelby, Richard. (D/R-AL) 1987.
27. Specter, Arlen. (R-PA) 1981.
28. Stevens, Ted. (R-AK) 1968.
29. Warner, John W. (R-VA) 1979.

Seventeen democrats and twelve republicans. However, given that there are only 44 democrats and 55 republicans, three term or more senators make up almost 31% of the democratic senators and almost 22% of the republicans. I'll let you draw whatever conclusion you want.

Not that I'm making fun of anybody's name or anything, but, "There is a Specter haunting Congress... his name is Arlen."

2 Comments:

Blogger Hamlette said...

There is a specter haunting me...and it's wearing a huge purple hat, peering stupidly from side to side, driving an SUV from Illinois, and wants to know what aisle the hand soap is in.

I think this is our most exhausting 4th of July weekend yet. At least, of the 3 I've worked at that store, it's the worst. I'm sleepy and going to bed. Hope the specter doesn't invade my dreams. If it does, I won't tell it where the toilet paper is, so there!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

Funny, with re-election how it is I would have thought there'd be less turnover. If there are 12 three-term Republicans, and twelve seats that have swung away from Democrats since Bork, that leaves 31 seats that could have been held by incumbents but were transferred for some reason.

three term or more senators make up almost 31% of the democratic senators and almost 22% of the republicans. I'll let you draw whatever conclusion you want.

One conclusion is that a lot of Democrats are keeping their seats only through the advantages of incumbency. Especially in the South.

6:40 PM  

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