In the midst of the turmoil, let us take a moment to gloat. Glen Johnson at the Boston Globe:
When Elizabeth Warren was sworn in today as a US senator, it was not only the culmination of an election campaign she launched in September 2011, but also the completion of a political turnabout started the previous May.
In May 2011, 44 Republican senators signed a letter to President Obama, vowing to block his nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without changes to the consumer watchdog agency created by the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory act…
“This is about accountability,” said a statement issued on May 5, 2011, by [Alabama Senator Richard] Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee….
…[W]hen today’s festivities conclude and the work of the 113th Congress begins, Warren will take a seat alongside Shelby not just in the Senate chamber, but as a member of the Senate Banking Committee.
Apart from hoping that ‘Shakedown’ Shelby chokes on his own tongue, what’s on the agenda for this evening?