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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ah, Local Politics

Choices. Choices.

Down in Damascus, according to the Bristol Herald-Courier, you have to choose between these two towering figures for the position of mayor, both of whom, it would seem, have a big future in Virginia's Democratic Party (we'll just make the assumption that both are Democrats; it fits):
... a knock-down, drag-out fight to be mayor. The race pits incumbent Creed Jones, 81, against challenger Chad Byron, a 27-year-old Iraq War veteran.

Neither candidate is ideal. Jones raised eyebrows with his off-the-wall pledge to fire the entire town police force if he is re-elected. (For the record, we oppose this concept unless there is proof that officers are neglecting their duty or breaking the law.) His opponents also are making much of his apparent "support" for a liquor-by-the-drink

Byron, meanwhile, is embroiled in a flap about his use of a town fire truck to fill up his personal swimming pool and a possible debt to the fire department’s bingo hall. (link)
I think the good people of Damascus should have access to liquor-by-the-drink. They sure need it.

An Epitaph

The Washington Post sums up the Obama backpedal that took place yesterday:
Did Mr. Obama climb out of that hole yesterday? It seems to us that the whole sorry episode raises legitimate questions about his judgment. Given the long and close relationship between Mr. Obama and the Rev. Wright, voters will ask: How could Mr. Obama have been surprised by the Rev. Wright's views? How could he not have seen this coming? Mr. Obama didn't help matters much by initially seeming to dismiss the furor building over the Rev. Wright's Washington performance, just as he did with the initial uproar last month. At a media availability at an airport Monday afternoon, he displayed none of the anger and sorrow that etched his face in North Carolina one day later. (link)
The Post goes on to praise Obama for being a racial healer all his life, which is a bit of a stretch since the man's past is pretty much a blank slate. Take away his hopey audacity-filled speeches and you get ... Reverend Wright to explain who the man is.

Anyway, this ain't going away.

Headline Of The Day

I never had sexual relations with that pastor.

True To Form

Of all the things that Hillary should be ashamed of - not the least of which is being married to that sorry sack of bones she calls a "husband" - this ranks right at the top:

Clinton: $2.3B in earmarks
By Manu Raju and Kevin Bogardus,
The Hill

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has requested nearly $2.3 billion in federal earmarks for 2009, almost three times the largest amount received by a single senator this year.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s staggering request comes at a time when Congress remains engaged in a heated debate over spending federal dollars on parochial projects.

The total amount Clinton requested greatly surpasses the $837 million secured last year by Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee who took home the largest dollar amount of earmarks in the current fiscal year’s spending bills. (link)
Cochran was savaged for abusing his appropriations responsibility. Hillary should be treated no less harshly.

This is absolutely shameful.