Gosh, I love this. The “brain drain of the Senate continues” — so writes Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post, in an amusing take on Indiana Senator Evan Bayh’s decision not to seek re-election. Capehart cites two other “brains” that are draining. Byron “Helmet Head” Dorgan of North Dakota, and Connecticut’s Chris Dodd, an architect of the housing bust and the recipient of sweetheart mortgage deals from Countrywide.
Sounding grief-stricken, Mr. Capehart writes: “Bayh is a popular Democrat in a red state who has never lost an election. He’s a devout Blue Dog with seniority and stature within his party and within the Capitol. Bayh’s departure should be a shock to Democrats and Republicans alike because it could mean that the collegiality that was once the hallmark of the Senate is dead.”
Well, will somebody find me a hankie? I’mso choked up here! My memories of the wonderful Senate “collegiality” include Democrats stomping on Trent Lott, forcing his departure over one sentence honoring another senator at his 100th birthday party. And I remember Democrats’ “collegial” Senate hearings,when they trashed the reputations of excellent jurists like Judge Bork, Miguel Estrada, Clarence Thomas, and Janice Rogers Brown.
Dear Mr. Capehart:There is nothing sad about any Democrat– Blue Dog, Yellow Dog, Mixed Dog, or Dirty Dog– leaving the Senate or any other elected office. The more Democrat brains are drained, the better off we’ll all be. How’s that for a “collegial” attitude, Mr. Capehart? Hmm?
How’s that for a “collegial” attitude … hmm?
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