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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Essence of the Reanimated Donkey

posted by on August 29 at 11:48 AM

Republican Senator Larry Craig symbolizes the current condition of the Republican Party. His inability to deal with the facts, the reality of his situation (“I’m not a gay, and have never been”), corresponds with the party’s inability to deal with the facts of the war, the bad facts of Hurricane Katrina, the worsening facts of President Bush, and the looming facts of the environment and the economy. If Craig is the leading symbol of his party’s condition

On Tuesday, Mr. Craig, 62, held a news conference to defend himself, calling the guilty plea “a mistake” and declaring, “I am not gay” — even as the Senate Republican leadership asked for an Ethics Committee review. It was a bizarre spectacle…

…then South Dakota’s Democratic Senator, Tim Johnson, can be seen as the leading symbol of his party’s current condition. Johnson has returned from the dead. Eight months ago he suffered “a life-threatening brain hemorrhage”; this week, he made a heroic public appearance in a wheelchair:

“Before I get too far along in my remarks,” he said. “It must already be clear to you that my speech is not 100 percent. My doctors tell me that it will get there.”

Johnson thanked the people of South Dakota for their support and patience during his long recuperation. Sticking to a prepared speech, he said “I’m back” and vowed to return to the floor of the Senate this fall.

“I promise you all that I will work harder than ever for you and for our state,” he added. “Not everyone gets a second chance at life. My commitment to you for my second chance at life is to a make you and all South Dakotans the beneficiary of that gift.”

He is still far from compete health. More time must be covered before he can stand at a “100 percent.” But this sense of recuperation, of rejuvenation, reanimation, increasing power and being given a “second chance at life,” that is the mood of the Democratic party.

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Technically, I think he is telling the truth when he says he's not gay. Assuming he can get it up for his wife, then he's bi.

Posted by kyleen | August 29, 2007 12:08 PM

I have a meeting planned with Mr. Carlson.

Posted by HIV | August 29, 2007 12:12 PM

@1, not really. He might be able to get it up by imagining his wife's lovely pussy is a nice tight boy-ass. There are ways of getting around sexual barriers when you really must.

Of course, he still *might* be bi. But he's still a lying hypocrite, and that's the key point.

Posted by Sachi | August 29, 2007 1:01 PM

An 18% Congressional job approval rating constitutes "recuperation and rejuvenation"?

Posted by J. Whorfin | August 29, 2007 1:25 PM

--An 18% Congressional job approval rating constitutes "recuperation and rejuvenation"?

That's the overall approval rating. Most people, when asked about the performance of their own Congress-person, usually say they think they're doing an okay job.

That aside, the Dems are in a better position than even the most positive polling numbers indicate. A friend of mine recently had lunch with a researcher for Congressional Quaterly and he said every bit of internal data he sees indicates the GOP is going to get a shellacking in 2008. He also predicts that Hillary will be the next prez.

BTW, this same researcher was telling my friend, months before the mid-term elections, that the Dems were going to retake the House and Senate, based on similar data.

Posted by Secret Squirrel | August 29, 2007 1:36 PM

Secret Squirrel: I don't dispute anything you said; everything does point for more gains for Democrats next year, although nearly every poll says that people like their rep, "it's the other guy that's the problem".

My point is what good is having seats/branches in government if you're not going to use your power? The failure of the Democrats in Congress to deliver (or go to the mat for their ideas) is why their approval is in the crapper.

Posted by J. Whorfin | August 29, 2007 2:04 PM

That's why the Democrats voted for the war and the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act. Brain hemorrhage.

Posted by elenchos | August 29, 2007 2:04 PM

I don't think he is gay - just likes a taste of cock from time to time.

VERY common, hate to tell you all who only see either or.

Posted by Kip | August 29, 2007 4:11 PM

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