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skippy the bush kangaroo



Monday, September 30, 2002

ethics in the senate? isn't that an oxymoron?

senator robert torricelli announced that he would not run for re-election, amid dropping poll numbers because of accusations of questionable gifts received from campaign contributors.

"mr. torricelli's conduct, which led to a rebuke by the senate ethics committee in july..." [ed. note: who knew they had one?] "...dominated the campaign, leading democratic party leaders in washington to warn in recent weeks that his election was in danger and that his defeat might cost them control of the senate."

screeching cable tv heads and republicans all over the country were abuzz, hoping that this mess would make it impossible for the democrats to hold onto the majority in the senate. apparently nobody stopped to think that there are more than one senate seats up for re-election this fall.

and now for a skippy musing. let's suppose the senate does go to the republicans. we ask, quite simply, so what? what would be the difference? the democrats are cravenly kow-towing to mr. bush on practically everything. the only thing that spurs daschle to stand up for himself is when bush makes a nasty comment about him personally. the lives of military men or women, or the pocketbooks of american citizens, really don't seem to make a dent in the dem's thick heads, so, really, we ask you all, why does this high school mind-set of "we win, you lose, nyah nyah nyah" make any difference at all when all the people in congress might as well be extras in the stepford wives for all the individuality they're showing these days?

ok, sorry; back to the news: the republicans are threatening a lawsuit (funny how the repubs like lawyers when it's convenient for their agenda) to block the dems from replacing torricelli on the ballot. "new jersey election law allows political parties to change candidates 51 days or more before the election, but the law is unclear about making a switch after that point."

if the dems are able to make a substitution (what is this, baseball?), there is talk putting in bill bradley (what is this, basketball?). former sen. bradley, you remember, is the man who lost the democratic presidential nomination to the man who lost the election which he actually won.


posted by skippy at 8:05 PM |

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