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Monday, September 17, 2007

Politics - Oh, Frabjous Day!

Calloo! Callay!

Yes, I am chortling. Wicked of me, I know, but you know what? I've been so worried that the GOP will simply find some underhanded way to steal next year's election, that I'm really glad to see more and more Republicans dropping out of the race.
  • Chuck Hagel was a big one. He's a pretty decent guy, even if I don't agree with his politics. I still respect him. He served his country in uniform, and he is honest about who and what he is, and he doesn't engage in dirty tricks.
  • Ditto for Lincoln Chafee, who lost his election race and has now left the Republican party.
  • Then Republican "Chip" Pickering of Mississippi announced he was stepping down.
  • Dennis Hastert announced he's stepping down.
  • Arizona Republican Rick Renzi announced he's stepping down (something about an investigation and criminal charges).
  • Deborah Pryce, R-OH, announced she's stepping down.
  • John Warner, R-VA, announced that he's stepping down.
  • Larry Craig, who has made a Minneapolis airport toilet famous, announced that he was stepping down.
  • And today, Jim Ramstad, R-MN, announced that he was stepping down at the end of his term. Ramstad has a fairly liberal voting record, apparently, especially on social issues.
  • In addition, Bob Ney of Ohio was jailed on charges of corruption, and
  • Randy "Duke" Cunningham was jailed on charges of bribery and corruption. Republican Brian Bilbray now holds Cunningham's seat, but there has been at least one strong Dem challenger for the seat.
In addition, these Republican congresscritters are under investigation:
  • John Doolittle, R-CA
  • Ted Stevens, R-Alaska
  • Don Young, R-Alaska
  • Pete Domenici, R-NM
  • Jerry Lewis, R-CA
  • Tom Feeney, R-FL
  • Gary Miller, R-CA
Dare I hope that we'll have real elections, that people will turn out in record numbers as is their duty as citizens of a great democracy, albeit one which has been grievously wounded these past years? Dare I hope that there will be no stealing of the votes, no cheating, no lying? That citizens will step forth to do their appointed duty of monitoring the polls to ensure that everyone votes fairly? Perhaps even someday, Voting Day will be an official holiday so that every man jack and every woman jenny will take themselves to the polls to name those who will represent them and speak for them? So mote it be!

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At 10:14 PM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

Despite all my worries, I am hoping.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

"Callo Callay!"

What are you? A foreigner? Funny talk. Funny peculiar.

At 12:03 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Jeez, didn't you ever read Lewis Carroll? The Jabberwocky? And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy, Oh frabjous day, calloo callay, he chortled in his joy? 'Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe, all mimsy were the borogroves, and the mome raths outgrabe ... et cetera and so forth. With the caterpillar - wasn't it the caterpillar? The hookah smoking caterpillar? interrupting himself to explain that mome was a portmanteau word that meant "from home," as in "away," while a rath was a sort of green pig. You must stay in more often. You see what the tea does? This, that's what.

At 6:16 AM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

I was raised mostly in the U.S. ... which means I'm only semi-literate.


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