Tuesday, March 11, 2008

In case you missed it...

...sort of like "Short Attention Span Musing" but covering stuff that happened this past weekend (aka - my workweek :) ) -

...OK, OK, I can appreciate that it's a scandal and all, and that Governor Spitzer (D-NY) should probably resign, but where's the fairness? Senator David Vitter still has his day job, doesn't he?

By now, everyone has heard about Eliot Spitzer of New York's patronage of a high-end prostitution ring, and how he was recorded on an FBI wiretap discussing and arranging an encounter.

Given Governor Spitzer's high profile and the salacious nature of the allegations, this was sure to be big news.

Given the fact that the news broke on a very slow news day (more people dying in places like Pakistan and Iraq? Yawwwnn...), the story was sure to be HUGE news, and justifiably so.

I've got to ask one question, however.

Lost in all of the calls for Spitzer's resignation and threats to impeach him (mostly from the GOP)is the ongoing silence regarding Sen. David Vitter's involvement with a D.C. madam.

U.S. Rep. Peter King weighed in on Spitzer's situation (courtesy the WaPo article linked about -
"He's compromised himself and the entire state," he said. "So there's no way that he can stay on. And I think it's only a matter of time before he resigns, and I would say the sooner the better for him and for the state."

He could have uttered *exactly* the same sentiments regarding Vitter, but he hasn't, and something tells me that in their glee over Spitzer's stepping on his zipper, the rest of the GOP won't either.

...In a sign that November of 2008 may be far worse for Congressional Republicans than November of 2006, Democrat Bill Foster defeated Republican Jim Oberweis in a special election held to fill former Speaker Dennis Hastert's seat. The seat was vacant after Hastert resigned late last year.

The district was solidly Republican - Hastert had held the seat for 21 years and Bush won the district in 2004 with 55% of the vote.

The area had been represented by a Republican since at least 1959.

Today, Foster was sworn it, and the 14th is now represented by a Democrat.

The force of the wave of change flowing over electoral politics that is washing Reps out of office all over the country may be mitigated here in Arizona by John McCain's presence at the top of the November ballot.

However, before AZ Republicans (specifically John Shadegg and downballot legislative candidates) start breathing a little easier, they might want to consider the fact that Democratic and Independent voters have been energized by both Senators Obama and Clinton in a way that hasn't been seen since the 1960s.

It's going to be an interesting fall, both nationally and here in Arizona.

...Is "diarrhea of the mouth" covered under the Congressional health plan?

From AP via Yahoo! News -
An Iowa Republican congressman on Monday defended his prediction that terrorists would celebrate if Democrat Barack Obama were elected president, despite a rebuke from aides to John McCain, the GOP's apparent presidential nominee.

"(Obama will) certainly be viewed as a savior for them," Rep. Steve King told The Associated Press. "That's why you will see them supporting him, encouraging him."

Apparently the Republicans are using "fear and smear" tactics in trying to keep the White House, as well as regain control of Congress.

To be fair to Congressman King, his medical condition is one of the "chronic" variety not the "sudden onset" variety, as illustrated by this post. At this point, it seems likely that he just can't help himself, kind of like an inveterate alcoholic.

In pop culture news...

...What's next? Are they going to elect Joe Montana to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

From CBSNews.com -
Madonna, pop music's quick-change artist, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday and paid tribute to people who encouraged her and even critics who panned her for helping drive her career.

I'm not trying to insult Madonna - she's a great entertainer and a talented and skilled businesswoman, but she's as much a "rock-and-roll great" as Joe Montana is a "baseball great."

She's not a rock and roll artist; she doesn't serve as an inspiration for rockers (Looking for inspiration? See "Blues, The.")


Just venting... :)

...Always knew that "looks" and "personality" weren't the only reasons that "Mary Ann" would inevitably win the great "Ginger or Mary Ann" debates - "cool" counts, too. :)

From AP -
DRIGGS, Idaho (AP) — Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island," is serving six months' unsupervised probation after allegedly being caught with marijuana in her car.

Rumors that the initial plea offer from the prosecution included community service and a three hour tour could not be confirmed. :))


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