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.

A favorite of Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Trump eyes Cold War statute to keep coal burning: report Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea 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 CornynSenate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA DOJ denies reports judicial nominee once called illegal immigrants 'maggots' Overnight Energy: Trump NASA pick advances after drama | White House office to investigate Pruitt's soundproof booth | 170 lawmakers call for Pruitt to resign MORE (R-Texas) argues the high-flying hero has “got the whole package,” Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor House passes series of bills to improve IRS Senators, staffers lament the end of 50 Most Beautiful 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 KerryNorth Korea is moved by Pompeo diplomacy, but Dems dig in deeper Ex-Obama official Marie Harf, Guy Benson to co-host Fox News Radio show Five things to know about Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska 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 Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions 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 RubioSenate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA The Hill's 12:30 Report Steps Congress can take to defend America against foreign influence operations 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.