What If There Were an All-Jewish Senate?

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In the wake of Republican Senator Jon Kyl's complaint that holding a Senate vote in the week after Christmas would be "disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate," Think Progress' Matthew Yglesias jokingly suggests an "all-Jewish Senate" could meet in that week. Yglesias writes:

I really think Senate Democrats should consider taking advantage of their critical numerical advantage in terms of Jewish Senators and just hold a "no Christians invited" special Christmas Day session.

Yglesias notes that, in the "all-Jewish Senate," liberal Democrat Chuck Schumer would be the new "median." A Jewish Senate would certainly be a great deal more liberal. Of the 13 Jewish Senators, 11 are Democrats, one is former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, and one is self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.

But why should Congressional Jews be the only ones with their own Senate? If the "all-Jewish Senate" gets to meet for a week after Christmas, it's only fair that the Senate's 25 Roman Catholics should get to hold an all-Catholic Senate for a week, maybe during Yom Kippur next October. Interestingly, the Catholic Senate, composed of 16 Democrats and nine Republicans, would probably govern a lot like the actual Senate: it includes liberal Democrats such as John Kerry, conservative Republicans such as David Vitter, and several moderates from both parties.

Of course, if the Baptists, Episcopalians, and Mormons banded together for American-Dominated-Denominations Senate, those 12 Republicans and seven Democrats would be a miniature Reagan Revolution. Their members would include some of the most conservative members of both parties, from Republican Saxby Chambliss to Democrat Blanche Lincoln.

The all-Muslim Senate would be empty, but an all-Muslim House of Representatives would have two members, both Democrats: André Carson and Keith Ellison. The two could meet in April, on occasions when Passover and Easter overlap.

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