News The Essence of the Reanimated Donkey
posted by August 29 at 11:48 AMon
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.”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.
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.”