Senators pick their favorite superheroes

Nerds, rejoice! The most wonderful time of the year is here — Comic-Con.

The annual comic-book convention in San Diego runs through the weekend. So in honor of the geeked-out event, ITK decided to throw on her reporting cape (before promptly taking it off because it was approximately 1,000 degrees in D.C.) and fly to the Capitol to ask senators about their choices when it comes to comic-book heroes.

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A favorite of Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Collins, Manchin to serve as No Labels co-chairs MORE’s (D-W.Va.) just happens to have a similar moniker to the junior senator. Said Manchin, “Bazooka Joe, remember that one?” Sorry, senator, but besides the bubblegum of the same name, Bazooka Joe’s a little before ITK’s time. (Although Manchin added he has an affinity for Superman.)

The Man of Steel is apparently the man to beat when it comes to the favorite character of lawmakers. While Sen. John CornynJohn CornynAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Overnight Defense: Lawmakers question military's lapse after Texas shooting | Trump asks North Korea to 'make a deal' | Senate panel approves Army pick Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes MORE (R-Texas) argues the high-flying hero has “got the whole package,” Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRead Senate GOP's tax bill Senate panel to start tax bill markup on Monday Senate set for clash with House on tax bill MORE (R-Utah) admits, “Superman’s really my favorite. I try to be like him, and I fail every time I try.”

Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryKerry: Trump's rhetoric gave North Korea a reason to say 'Hey, we need a bomb' Russian hackers targeted top US generals and statesmen: report Trump officials to offer clarity on UN relief funding next week MORE (D-Mass.) isn’t as interested in heroes who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. His favorites include Doonesbury and Pogo. But it’s a lovable loser Kerry likes best: “Charlie Brown, because he’s always screwing up.”

One of the few female fictional do-gooders can do no wrong in Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere MORE’s eyes. The Maryland Democrat loves her some Wonder Woman: “I like who she is. I like the way she fought for the little people. I loved her copper bracelets. I loved her verve. And she had to do it with all those guy action heroes when it was a little hard to get some space.”

When ITK pointed out that perhaps the senior senator might relate to her beloved cartoon hero, Mikulski replied, “I’d rather be Wonder Woman than Wonder bread.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

And forget talk of the debt ceiling; ITK’s question touched off a great internal debate for Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul MORE (R-Fla.), who wondered aloud, “Batman — is he a superhero? Or is he not because he doesn’t have any superpowers? He just has a costume, and he can’t fly or anything.” While Rubio couldn’t come to an immediate conclusion on the hero/not hero dilemma, his pick for favorite might be the most PC answer yet: “Captain America … as a kid I thought he was pretty cool because he didn’t have any special powers. He just had a shield.”

ITK will be on the lookout — eyeing Rubio and other lawmakers to see if they start bringing shields to the debt-ceiling debates.