With 80 percent of the U.S. Senate controlled by men, down from 97 percent in the 1990s, the impact on the chamber by women in the minority is profound. This is especially true of the work being done by the Senate Intelligence Committee in its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Two longstanding senators, Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins, Democrat and Republican respectively, have figured prominently in these hearings.
Their willingness to put country before party not only earns them the respect of their constituents and colleagues alike, it enables them to pursue the truth free of bias.
In the case now before the committee — which may trigger a constitutional crisis, including abuse of power by a sitting president — Feinstein and Collins appear to be channeling the late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, D-Texas.
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As a member of the House Judiciary Committee investigating whether sufficient grounds existed to impeach former President Richard Nixon, Jordan so eloquently, and with solemnity, said: “My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.”
Jim Paladino, Tampa