Thursday, August 18, 2005

Dawn of the Dead

Just saw some footage of Republican Day at the State Fair. If you know me, you know that I'm not a very partisan creature...but, I've got to say that I've seen a livelier cast on Six Feet Under. I mean seriously, street performers draw better than these folks did.

Memo to the Ice Cream Man: If you're going to try to verbally drill somebody right in front of their face, and in front of the media, do it with some gusto or delivery. I don't know who looked more uncomfortable after your comment, Kjellander or you.

If you would have asked me six months ago, I would have told you that the Republicans were getting themselves right back in the game. After seeing the scene today, I think I stand corrected.


At August 18, 2005 at 9:53 PM, Blogger Judy said...

John, form your report on GOP Day it appears that neither Brady or Rutherford were there today. If either one or both had been present they liven up any room.

At August 18, 2005 at 9:59 PM, Blogger ndpotus said...

I agree 100%!!! I was at Governors Day and I saw a crowd that was excited and united for 2006. Those are two words I would not use to describe our competition...

The best thing the IL GOP has going for them is the chance that Fmr Gov Edgar decides to return to politics. It is like the DNC begging for Bill Clinton to run for President (forget the 22nd amendment for the moment).

Also Gut Gov boy stole the story but in a way you never you want to. It makes him look bad and forced Kjellander to take a little heat that he was going to take anyway because of Rep Cross comments. Here is some free advice for his campaign, if you want to steal the story do it in a way that excites people about you or your campaign...

All I have to say is I am proud to be a Democrat in Illinois and BRING IT ON!!!


At August 19, 2005 at 12:50 AM, Blogger ndpotus said...

Lets remember the IL GOP Dream Ticket...

"Big Jim 'let's make a deal' Thompson" for governor,

"George Homer 'the pork man' Ryan" for lieutenant governor,

"Jim 'I'm still thinking about it'" Edgar" for secretary of state,

"Lee 'I was once minority leader' Daniels" for attorney general

"Pate 'you can find me in Wisconsin' Philip" for comptroller.

For treasurer, Alan 'you can find me in Baltimore' Keyes,"

--IL Comptroller Dan Hynes
Gov Day Rally at the State Fair

At August 19, 2005 at 12:04 PM, Blogger The Houston Curmudgeon said...

Be careful of your confidence my friends. When I settled in Texas in the early 80s, the state was solid Democrat, including the U.S. Senators, a majority of the Representatives, and the Governor, Lt. Governor. They had all ridden in on LBJ's coattails who of course was the only beneficiary of Kennedy's death.
Soon after LBJ's departure, the winds of change set in. Sen. Phil Gramm changed parties from Democrat to Republican and the ground swell was on. Now Texas is completely in the hands of the Republicans,i.e., both Senators, the majority of the Representatives, the State House leadership and, of course, more than a little backing from the Oval Office.
Keep your eyes and ears open. It can happen.I know little of the situation in Illinois but my observations of the national scene paint a pretty bleak picture for the DNC. If they can't come up with something better than Hillary, you can look forward to another 8 years of Republican control.

At August 19, 2005 at 12:13 PM, Blogger Judy said...

John, the redistricting that gave Republicans control of the Stae House, Senate, and the US House delegation in Texas in under review by the courts. The Chief architect of the current arrangement, Tom Delay, is under investigation as well for unethical fundraising among other things. Two of his associates have been convicted already.

At August 19, 2005 at 4:42 PM, Blogger The Houston Curmudgeon said...

Yes, Judy, what you say is mostly true. The fact of the matter is, even before DeLay, the take over had been accomplished. Unfortunately, to my dismay,the courts are not going to find him guilty of any wrong doings. DeLay is just another politician that thinks he is better than the rest of the public. He has his fingers in the cookie jar but they haven't found the cookie. (It might be comparable to the Ryan years.) And the major reason he won't be convicted, or even indicted, is because he knows too much about the dealings on the other side of the aisle that he would bring up in a heartbeat. The person trying to convict him is a Democratic prosecutor in Dallas who would make Joe McCarthy look like a saint. It just ain't gonna happen. (That's Texas talk, somewhat like Ann Richards quote of "That dog won't hunt" - Another Democrat down.) I don't know why but the people in his district keep supporting him. I think it's like most things in politics, people would rather go with a known element rather than elect another unknown quantity. I just wish we could put some people in office, Democrat or Republican, that could be trusted to serve the desires of the majority of their constituants rather than worry about lining their own pockets and persuing their own personal agenda. (I must say that I think John is one of those people.) I know that sounds trite, but in Texas, it's politics as usual. I have said for the last 25 years that the Texas legislature is an embarrasment to this state. And, it hasn't changed since it went from Democratic to Republican. I only know about other states from what I read in the local paper (we only have one left which seems to be the product of a local high school), and I'm not sure that there are any major differences, in the long run, from state to state.
And, if you ever want to put Texas down with a thud, just remind people of the fact that even Sheila Jackson Lee can be elected to a politcal office. That's a far bigger shame than DeLay. And I'm not being at all partisan about that.

At August 19, 2005 at 6:48 PM, Blogger Judy said...

fritchey, the third-

I am not so sure about what the courts will do in this case. The prosecutor, Ronnie Earle, is working quietly and carefully to see if he can put Mr. DeLay away. I sincerely hope he can as a Republican.He not only thinks he's better than us, but he ha said "I am the Federal Government." This has got to be my favorite DeLayism.

What the other side is doing is not relevant if he is indicres with an air-tight case. I just do not see Earle pleading him down in exchange for others. The case is being built by collecting the testimony of associates and others that may know.

I believe Ann Richards was the governor just before George W Bush down there.

His support in the 22nd district has been slipping becasue of this scandal, which is extremely complicated. One article I read to do a paper outlined seversl cishy account transfers. There is something that might make "that dog hunt."

I will admit to not knowing much about TX politics or the legislature except what is in national or local papers, or when a DeLay story comes across the desk.

I do think there are difference from state to state, except for the appearant demand that all members of a party march in lock step at all times, You get severly criticized if you do not. THis annoys me becasue it disallows consciece, experience, and true listening to constituents. I am aware of two senators who are still being attacked for the judicial compromise of course it is worse for one than it is for the other. Independence is punished. I am more aware of one situation thatn the other becasue I read local press accounts for the one becasue I happen to think he is an example of what we want in government. He is honest and sincere, even when he gets in trouble and he doesn't run, but rather goes and expains his position to the people. All representatives shoudl be like this and we would have a better government.

I am idealistic, but also fairly young.


At August 20, 2005 at 3:43 AM, Blogger The Houston Curmudgeon said...

Judy, your observation of 'politics as usual' is very parallel to my line of thinking.
It's somewhat unfortunate that, as a part of human nature, we have frailties. Politicians, in spite of what some may say, are humans. Therein, governance is going to be somewhat - no, make that a lot - imperfect.
I am amazed almost on a daily basis of what some, supposedly intelligent, people think they can get away with. And it's in all levels of our society whether it be government or industry. I'm quite sure that there is more than one $6,000 shower curtain hanging in this country.
The question that comes to bare is, why can't a person do the job that they have been presented without using the position to hold sway over the masses and clandestinely trying to increase their personal wealth. The answer I guess is a couple of the aformentioned frailties, greed and avarice.
If you look those terms up in the dictionary, you will find a picture of Tom DeLay right along side of Dennis Kovlowski and Andy Fastow. (And a host of others that are equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.)
I'm not a supporter of Mr. DeLay. I think his demeanor and presentation is an embarrassment to politics. However, I think the most they will uncover is that he operates on the edge of legality. The only thing Ronnie Earle is able to come up with is that he inappropriately received and inappropriately spent some PAC funds. Hardly a dastardly deed. So far, Mr. Earle has been unable to confirm those accusations. If he ever does, it's a state, not federal, offense.

At August 20, 2005 at 9:34 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Fritchey, the Third, I agree. The problem is those who use their position to hold power over or hate people. It is an embarassment that our excuse for bad behavior is that it is human nature. We have a choice in how we act.

It would be refreshing to see more people that do not use their positions to follow special interest groups and hate those who do not agree with them. For some it is not enough for you to agree with them on an issue but you must also hate whom they hate and if this is what you want than you have the wrong guy, this quote was from a GOP Sen. has his priorities in the right place and often works with his colleagues on bot sides to accomplish the country's goals.

We need less hate and more civil disagreement. In other words we need to disagree without being disagreeable.

At August 21, 2005 at 2:05 AM, Blogger The Houston Curmudgeon said...

That would be idealism at it's best, Judy. Perhaps in society, a lofty but achievable goal - although, given the amount of hatred in the world today, probably not in our lifetime.
In politics, however, it will never happen as long as there are Democrats and Republicans that have no peripheral vision. I have never understood the need to be one way or another. In my opinion, anybody that votes a straight ticket is just not doing their civic duty responsibly.


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