Your hardworking senators left Washington for the weekend, which leaves Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) with just one more week to collect his selfies before everyone scatters for their mandatory August “work period” back home.
When we first reported two weeks ago on Booker’s epic quest to capture photos of himself with all 99 fellow senators – and then write nice vignettes about them – he’d amassed 10. He’s only taken two more since.
Last week he got one with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
“Chris is a valued friend and colleague who champions many issues I also passionately care about including juvenile justice reform, sensible gun safety measures and infrastructure investment. He is more senior in the senate but he is one of the handful I’m actually older than. #ConnecticutCourage”
Then this week he posed with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
“He is a true champion of all Americans, particularly those struggling for economic opportunity, fairness and Justice. I consider him a friend and mentor and, without exaggeration, one of the finer men I’ve met on my life’s journey. I confess that I greet his retirement next year with selfish sadness that I won’t be able to serve with him for a longer time.” (Rockefeller is one of the only willing participants not to get his very own special hashtag.)
At a pace of one photo a week there is no way Booker can reach his 99-selfies goal by the end of the term. At most, he has about 16 weeks once Congress returns in September, and that doesn’t include the days the Senate will likely be gone in October before the midterms and the holidays.
Eh, it’s not like senators are used to finishing what they start.
If you’re keeping track at home, here’s a refresher of the other 10 selfies Booker has taken since starting his collection in June:
1. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)
“A true gentleman and valued source of wisdom for me in the Senate.”
2. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
“I so appreciate his bipartisan leadership on Unemployment Insurance Extension. He showed that we can reach across the aisle, compromise and get things done in the Senate.”
3. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.)
“Though different parties he has become a valued colleague giving me wise insights on being an effective Senator. #Gratitude”
4. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
“We are from different parties and very different states but we have found a way to work together — we joined forces to get local governments resources and more authority for Brownfields remediation. #OneNation”
5. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
“Sen. Baldwin has become a trusted colleague for me and I’ve enjoyed working with her on worker training and jobs issues. #ValuedVoice”
6. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
“Sen. Murkowski has quickly become a Senator whose opinions and insights I value and who works hard to find common ground amidst the partisanship that too often paralyzes DC. #Grateful”
7. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
“Senator Durbin is a great champion of many issues dear to me and is a strong leader as Senate Majority Whip. #PeoplesAdvocate”
8. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
“Senator Thune has become a valued colleague and friend who challenges me on issues in constructive ways. He is also hands down in the best shape of all the Senators. 8 years my senior, his work ethic in the Senate gym shames and inspires me to get in better shape. #DudeAreYouSeriouslyLiftingThatMuchWeight”
9. Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.)
“Senator Enzi has a strong reputation for working on bipartisan deals. He is one of the deans of our weekly prayer breakfast and a senior senator I’ve come to admire and appreciate as a colleague and friend. #BreakfastBrother
10. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
“Across party lines Senator Paul and I have found common ground around the urgent need to reform our criminal justice system and address the anguished and expensive reality of mass incarceration of nonviolent offenders in USA. We also bonded over our respect for the holiday of Festivus (Senator Paul has a long list of grievances). #BipartisanshipARealAndNeededFeatOfStrength”