Monday, November 04, 2002

Please don't shake hands with Senator Barkley

Yes, Jesse Ventura has given the White House a couple months to shove through all the legislation they can get through. He's nominated an independent to the seat formerly held by Paul Wellstone, which effectively puts Republicans in charge of the Senate at least until the end of the year (and, perhaps, further, depending on tomorrow's vote).

Now, this is a bitter pill to swallow, but we Democrats can't bitch about this too much. Jeffords did pretty much the same thing to the Republicans and robbed them of their management of the Senate. So, if we say this is illegitimate, then we'd have to say that Daschle's entire reign (so far) was illegitimate. On the other hand, Republicans who've been bitching about Daschle being in charge illegitimately will now say that their rightful ownership has been restored. Blah, blah, blah... It still happened pretty much the same way you all lost it, so wouldn't that make this equally illegitimate considering there are no rules against either switching party affiliation or installing a third party candidate in a formerly Democratic seat?

My main problem is that this is just a tantrum by Jesse Ventura. He's acting like a child here. Couldn't he at least have picked a guy who wouldn't say he might "caucus with (himself) in a bathroom"?

Someone please send that man some antibacterial cream.


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