Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill made a Politico magazine Top 50 list of “thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction.”
She shared the 44th slot with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. As the article notes, the two joined in July for a bill to combat campus sexual assault.
Several other senators made the list. Sen. Rand Paul, R-K.Y., was listed first, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, fourth. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was 39th. The list includes everyone from Pope Francis to fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
“Imagine a world where women were actually equally represented in American politics, where the Senate was not the last preserve of the old white male and a new, long-overlooked agenda that mattered to more than half the population suddenly found itself the stuff of legislation instead of merely protest banners,” Politico writes, noting that McCaskill and Gillibrand are two of a record 20 women in the Senate.
“It may take years to achieve, but we finally have a preview of what that might look like thanks to Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill – and a partnership that has started to bring women’s issues to the Senate floor in a whole new way.”
Gillibrand and McCaskill share something else.
Gillibrand’s book, “Off the Sidelines,” has already created buzz for recounting alleged sexist comments by male senators.
McCaskill is writing a book about her raucous 2012 campaign win against Republican Todd Akin.
McCaskill told Politico the best book she has read this summer is Jeff Shaara’s historical novel, “The Smoke at Dawn,” about the Civil War Battle of Chattanooga. For the record, McCaskill said she considers Snowden a traitor rather than a hero.