It's always interesting meeting people whose lives are about to change before they actually grasp fully how different things are going to be for them.
Carol Shea-Porter, the newly minted congresswoman from New Hampshire, says she always expected to win. But, come on, she was something like 20 percentage points behind at one stage of the campaign — she must have had some doubts about her future. This is a woman who never ran for anything before, so her first term in the House of Representatives is bound to be, how shall we say, eye-opening.
I envy her, though. She may be a back-bencher, but she'll have a front row seat to at least two years of history. I've seen other freshmen in other Congresses rapidly overwhelmed by everything the Hill has to offer. I do believe she has a lot of optimism and a newcomer's way of looking at things. She says she's excited — and who wouldn't be.
It will be interesting and instructive to see how she is doing and how she's feeling about things in a couple of years. I don't mean to sound like a cynic (although reviewing the preceding words, I realize I do.) She has a clear sense of how she wants her office to function and what she wants to do. I am not cynical enough to believe that the best-laid plans never pan out.
Regardless, Carol Shea-Porter has done what most people thought was impossible — and for that, she deserves congratulations.