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Time for Equal Time

Never let it be said that there is a lack of balance here. In the interest of fairness, I present the Senate version of the biggest jerk in Congress. He, like Alan Grayson, is  in his first term. He won election by a margin so narrow that it reminds one of  the “Landslide Lyndon’s ” first election to Congress way back in  1937 as  a Texas congressman. This senator won by an even narrower margin in an election that seemed to take forever until Norm Coleman saw the handwriting on the wall.

Yep, our good friend and former Air America star, Al Franken is   our choice if you want a Grayson alternative. After stating his intentions to keep a low profile, it took Franken very little time to change gears into combative mode.

How about a few examples. It is interesting to note that unlike Grayson, Franken will attack regardless of party affiliation. Just ask David Axelrod who was on the receiving end of a Franken tirade in a closed-door Democrat session about the health care bill.

This just further established big Al as one of the most aggressive senators on the Hill. In November he lashed out at Republican senators Lamar Alexander  and Bob Corker who  co authored an op-ed  defending their opposition to a Franken amendment. He went so far as to confront his colleagues on the floor of the Senate. Shades of Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson  from days gone by. He also  clashed with South Dakota Sen John Thune in what was described as  a scathing debate.

And just a few weeks ago, Franken literally hushed Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman  in the midst of  his comments. Some might think this amusing and I almost do on some level. Here is  a guy who barely won election and truth be told maybe did not win; has no  real credibility or seniorityand  was hardly even a Minnesota resident when his campaign began. This from the state of Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Eugene McCarthy. How things have turned.

Guess what Minnesota voters? Both you and the Senate are stuck with him for an entire term. Thanks  a lot.

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February 7, 2010 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congressman Alan Grayson

There are some members of Congress whose names are familiar to most people. Those would include Pelosi, Murtha, Conyers,Boehner, Kasich, Pence, William( the refrigerator) Jefferson, Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, Sheila  Jackson-Lee, to name a few. Some are known because of the position they hold or their  tenure or even their propensity to say nonsensical things. My representative is G K Butterfield, D, NC. As far as I know  Rep Butterfield is not widely known and does not fit into any of the preceding categories.

But, we also have another category.It seems to be occupied by only one person and that person is  Florida Democrat Alan Grayson. He is a first termer  who narrowly won election, 52%-48%. Why, one might ask is Florida’s  historically  Republican 8th district congressman well-known? Perhaps it is because he is trying very hard to live up or down to a title just bestowed on him, “The Biggest Jerk in Congress.”  Human Events  writer  Ross Kaminsky has so anointed  the congressman in an article  from February 3. I don’t know about the title. I was kinda leaning towards Al Franken, myself.

Kaminsky makes some pretty good points though. Grayson shares a profession with John Edwards and ranks as the 12th richest member of Congress and #7 in the House of Representatives. But, alas his wealth has bought him no immunity from foot-in-mouth disease or his  I never saw a Republican I did not want to attack affliction.

He has a particular disdain for Dick Cheney, likening him to a vampire and wondering if Satan did the intro for his  new book. He called Rush a” has-been hypocrite loser.” So many untrue metaphors in one sentence.  Maybe my favorite is this one since it includes me.  Fox News and the Republicans who collaborate with them are the “enemy” of America. Really. I had no idea.

At last count, there were 8 Republicans lines up to challenge Grayson this fall, I certainly hope the good people of Orlando and vicinity can find one to their liking, please.

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tale of the Unknown Senators

Allow me to introduce  a couple of folks to you. They are  Senators  Richard Burr and Kay Hagan from North Carolina. Mr Burr is  a Republican from Winston Salem and was elected to his first term in 2004. Ms Hagan is  a Shelby, NC native and was elected to her first term in 2008. Both are in their mid 50’s  and seem to be pleasant looking people.

So why the basic info? It appears that the people of North Carolina are largely ambivalent  towards these fine public servants. A recent poll by  Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh, NC based political pollster,  surveyed folks in 14 states  to determine what  they thought about their U S  Senators.  Theydiscovered that an average of 33% of those polled in North Carolina had no opinion of how the senators were doing their job.

Now wonder what that means? Did they all know these people were  their Senators, did they care or are these two just invisible in Washington ? One might  say that the poll is particularly unfair to Ms Hagan who was just elected. But people seem to have opinions of Al Franken and Roland Burris who are very new senators. And Mr Burr hasn’t been around that long but look at Jim Webb,running all over the world.Burr and Hagan need a hook, something that identifies them to the voter. An issue of their own would be good, probably better than a new hairstyle or such.But what issue. Let us see. There is talk about the evils of soft drinks, swine flu is thundering in our direction. Just don’t know what  would fit them. It makes one  long for the days of  Sam Ervin.  Now there was  a  senator. Shucks, at least people knew John Edwards, he sort of made certain of that. States with Harry Reid and Chuck Shumer or Joe Lieberman just don’t know how fortunate they are. Maybe we could someone famous to run against Burr in 2010. Remember they don’t necessarily have to be from North Carolina so that really opens up the field. Remember that Alec Baldwin is thinking of taking on Lieberman. Wonder if Glenn Beck is busy right now?

In closing, one cautionary thought. It is 6:30 PM EDT. Do you know where your senators are?

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Newest Senator ?

No, this isnt about Roland Burris who has yet to be seated but maybe, possibly, perhaps, could be, will be  inevitably sworn in as the junior senator from Illinois . This is a potentially scarier prospect by far. The latest numbers in the neverending recount show Franken ahead of incumbent Norm Coleman and on the verge of proclaiming victory. Predictably, Coleman is challenging as Franken probably would do and in fact has done.

Ann Coulter has written at least three times on this fiasco in the making; on December 3, 10 and 17th. To me just the titles are very apropos in describing this situation. Ergo, ‘”The Cleanest State Meets the Pushiest Person”, “Minnesota Ballots: Land of 10,000 Fakes “, and ” One Plus One Equals 20 Extra Votes For Franken”. Being a pessimist in theses matters, I have a really strong feeling that Franken will ultimately be declared the winner, when, and by whom, yet to be determined.

Coulter predicted on December 3 that the recount would go on and on and on  and so it has. Franken initially trailed by 795 votes and now leads by 200 + votes. So, a campaign that began in February 2007 grinds inexorably to a close. Senator Al Franken ?  What next , Senator Chris Matthews of Senator Jon Stewart?

January 6, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment