The new boss is the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in the federal government, NBC's Andrea Mitchell noted. She quoted Pelosi: "We have broken the marble ceiling." She does not look like her predecessors, Mitchell understated, showing pictures of Frederick Muhlenberg, Henry Clay, Schuyler Colfax and Joe Cannon.
At the freshmen end of the seniority scale, CBS' Richard Schlesinger went up-close and personal with a newly-arrived Democrat from New Hampshire. The social worker was such an inexperienced politician that her campaign manager was a medieval historian and her party chairman could not even remember her name. "Carol Shea is a hyphenated last name. Anyone know what I am talking about?" Howard Dean inquired during a November C-SPAN press conference. That is Shea-Porter.
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