Senator Ted's Excellent Adventure
Ted Kaufman may not have a plan for his future after the Senate, but for the present, he is a man on a mission.
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There’s an oft-repeated metaphor that is apocryphally linked to an exchange between Washington and Jefferson, in which Washington compared the U.S. Senate to “the saucer that cools the tea,” suggesting that its deliberative nature cooled the heated passions and populist activism of the House of Representatives. Kaufman’s peripatetic pace would suggest he arrived on the scene with a very hot cup, but no saucer.
Carper notes that with Biden as the vice president, Kaufman’s two decades of experience in the Senate, and Mike Castle serving as a dean of the House of Representatives, Delaware has assembled a powerful team that is riding hard for the state. “I’m the one that’s the pup, here,” Carper says.
He and his colleagues are learning to drink their tea hot—and quickly.