Despite the mess of the fiscal cliff, that loathsomely low approval rating, and the least productive session in 65 years, the newest members of Congress seem really, irrationally happy to be here. You'd think they were about to skip through a field of daises instead of face down another nasty debt battle.
To wit, here are some of the things they've said since their swearing in Thursday:
Tony Cardenas, a Democratic congressman from California, told U.S. News that being sworn in to Congress "feels special and unique. It is a goosebumps kind of day."
Grace Meng, a Democratic congresswoman from New York, was quoted in the New York-based "City and State" morning newsletter this week as saying of her new gig, "It's very exciting, very chaotic...it's so easy to get caught up in the glamour."
Meanwhile Democrat Cheri Bustos, a new congresswoman from Illinois and a former journalist, told the Rockford River Star she "loved nearly every day" of her former career but "always wanted a larger audience." Now she's got it.
And Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican senator from Texas, said after his swearing in that the "entire day has been magical," according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Republican David Joyce, a new congressman from Ohio, seems to share the sentiment.
Joyce told the Columbus Dispatch that officially joining Congress was "like your wedding day... it sort of whirs by."
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