This picture was published today in The New York Times, which wrote a feature on the new Congress that takes office today.
The photo illustrates the new look. On the left are nine new Democratic members; nine new Republicans are on the right.
I see a Muslim woman, a well-known self-proclaimed socialist and an Asian among the Democrats. I notice a wounded veteran of the Iraq War, a former Florida governor and the 2012 GOP presidential nominee on the right.
They join a House of Representatives that will be under Democratic control for the first time since 2011. The Senate will be nominally more Republican than it was during the past two years.
They all face amazing challenges ahead. They have to find a way to reopen the government. Once they get that done, and let’s hope it is soon, they will deal with a whole array of knotty matters: immigration, climate change, judicial appointments, war and peace. Their plate will be heaping.
The House will comprise more women than ever. The number of veterans in both chambers is increasing, which also is a good thing.
So, let’s wish them all the best of luck. Let them also exhibit wisdom and discernment.
It’s time to get busy.