|Add Senate Historian Richard Baker to the list of those adversely affected by the defeat of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).|
|Baker, whom Daschle recruited after he was elected minority leader in 1995 to give a brief talk about the history of the Senate at the weekly meetings of the Democratic caucus, was informed last week that the caucus won’t have time for him when Harry ReidHarry ReidWhat if there’s no 'Nuclear Option' in the Senate? Republican failure Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral MORE (D-Nev.) succeeds Daschle in January.|
“I was told that Senator Reid wanted to tighten up the schedule, so I will no longer be doing the Senate historical minute for the Democratic caucus,” said Baker, whose three-minute presentations are popular with most senators and with readers of The Hill, where they appear each Wednesday under his byline.
Baker said he can no longer justify taking the time to research and write the historical minutes now that he is no longer preparing them for the Senate caucus.
Too bad for Senate history buffs, who learned from Baker last week that the Senate set a record that will never be broken when 28-year-old John Henry Eaton was sworn in as a senator from Tennessee in 1818, thereby violating the minimum age of 30 set by the Constitution. “Apparently, no one asked John Eaton how old he was,” Baker wrote.
Baker also noted that three other senators were elected before their 30th birthday, two in the early 1800s and the third in 1935 when the father of Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) was elected just before his 30th birthday.
According to Baker, that gives Sen. Joe BidenJoe BidenPaul Ryan sells out conservatives with healthcare surrender Senate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Biden: I regret not being president MORE (D-Del.), the distinction of being the fifth-youngest person sworn in as a senator. Biden took the oath of office a month and a half past his 30th birthday.
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