POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Let’s Bomb Syria, Right Now!
The US and its credibility gap.
Published: September 11, 2013
Here’s what’s really going on: Most of the 14 senators who refused to give the bill immediate effect (likely) know just how stupid their votes were, but are scared of the band of vindictive, ignorant yahoos known as the Tea Party.
The teabaggers are already vowing to run primary candidates against anyone who voted to extend Medicaid to the working poor, and some GOP senators are nervous.
Richardville felt trapped between his colleagues and the governor. He probably felt he had done more than enough for the governor by allowing a vote on the issue, even though it was supported by less than a third of the GOP caucus.
Earlier, he had indicated he wouldn’t even allow a vote on the issue unless it was supported by at least half the Republicans. In the end, only eight out of 26 backed it.
That leads to an important question we should ask Richardville, and the 14 senators who refused immediate effect: Why is clinging on to a lousy $70,000 political job you can only have for — at most — four more years worth selling your soul, hurting poor people and selling out the state?
Don’t expect anything like an answer.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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