The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

POLITICS AS UNUSUAL: Elections have consequences, a point the former junior Senator from Illinois probably wishes he hadn’t raised back in the halcyon days of 2009, when all the world was fresh and young and filled with infinite possibilities, since there are now all too many Republicans who are more than willing to point out that very same fact to him. Being hoist by one’s own petard is never a comfortable feeling, especially as the former junior Senator from Illinois is one of those people who love to rush in where angels fear to tread and do things that no one wants done, and now his ability to rush in doing things that no one wants done has been diminished significantly. I suspect that he will indulge his need to go on vacation more; he will, like George McClellan, spend more time overseas than most people, if only to avoid hearing slanders about himself, and to avoid Republicans quoting that bit about elections and consequences back to him.

All of which leads, more or less inexorably, I think, to the soon to be erstwhile Speaker of the House, Mrs. Pelosi and her current travails. This may be a statement of the obvious, but Washington D.C. is a place where people will choose to ignore the obvious if the obvious is unpalatable enough. You would think that someone who has reached Mrs. Pelosi’s high station in American politics would recognize the obvious when it is so very obvious, but finding the obvious distasteful, Mrs. Pelosi has skipped over the obvious, even when it is very obvious, in favor of her personal vision of the obvious, to which the vast majority of Americans are oblivious. And so, instead of falling on her sword for the good of the party she led to disaster, she will return to the next Congress as the minority leader, the J. Bruce Ismay of her political generation, unashamed, unabashed, and looking for new icebergs to strike. Given her recent contributions to the electoral success of conservatives from one end of this our Great Republic to the other, we can only hope she finds them and does so without delay.

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