Listen: Congress, Alano Maher, Taylor Swift discussed on It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
"All right. We're going to start the show as we always do can have each of my panelists described their week of news. In three words, sue Davis because you cover congress, and this is a big week for congress. You get to go first Sam, I also think that the fact that you started with Taylor swift like we are always sometimes on the same page and some things, and I'm and I was feeling that vibe. And you'll soon understand why? Okay. The three words that I had this week. Are they ain't ready never any? And they ready was the three words in a tweet by Alano Maher who is one of the new members of congress. She is a Muslim one of two Muslim women elected to congress in the twenty teen midterms. So she's a groundbreaker in her own way. But she tweeted, they ain't ready and along with it was this image from the new Vanity Fair where they've done this photo spread of the new power players in Washington. Oh, I saw that. And she is one of six women all elected to congress this year women of color. People like Alexandria, Cossio Cortez who's gotten a lot of press. Attention a democrat from New York SRI David's who beat Kevin Yoder who is a Republican from Kansas. Just these really high profile women, and the image is really beautiful and really striking. I mean, we've talked so much about diversity and women increasing in congress. But also, and it goes back to my Taylor swift point. It's so visually to me the way that like Taylor swift had and has her squad. This group of younger diverse women are totally coming into congress. Like as a squad rightly, oh, Cossio Cortez and Alano mar like they're tweeting with each other on like taking like cell fees and pope promoting them on their Instagram and social media channels. They had these huge social media followings already. They're already kind of superstars coming into congress. And it's also what I think is striking about it. Is this kind of ballsy attitude among younger women coming into power where I think a lot of times younger members female members always kind of came in. I don't wanna say humble, but quiet, you know, learn the robes don't don't try to like be loud STA. Get a mentor figure out how to be effective here. And these women are just kind of like, boom like kick it in the door and coming to the hill. Do you think this gives them the fact that they're banding together in this way and kind of hooking arms so to speak? Does it give them more power to shape the legislative agenda, then typically freshman representatives would have I think it can to the extent that when you form voting block of some kind and say we ten fifteen we twenty are gonna vote together on on X Y? Yeah. I it's concert. We have an impact I think they need to know what they wanna do. They need to stick together.."