Since a "proxy" is someone who is authorized to act for another, isn't that sort of part of the definition of a representative of "the people," even one with such a lofty title as "senator"?
Finally joining the Senate, Democrat Al Franken envisions playing the "people's proxy" during .
"As someone who will have been in the committee a grand total of six days and isn't an attorney I kind of see myself fulfilling a certain role for Americans watching the hearings," Franken said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press.
"So I kind of see myself as people's proxy, not that the other senators aren't, but certainly that's the kind of role I want to play," he said.
I presume he means to be a proxy just for the people of Minnesota, not the people of the whole country, and mostly the liberal Democrats of Minnesota at that. And since he is a liberal Democrat who will vote like a liberal Democrat, that is, vote to confirm Sotomayor without a second thought, I'm not sure what all this proxying blather means anyway. I'm a people, too, after all, and I doubt he'll do much proxymating for me, unless I see him snorting with derision at some of the inane comments made by the nominee and the other senators.