Well, no dead fish yet. In fact, as the evidence plainly shows, these little dudes are so lively they’re almost impossible to photograph.
Also, the weekend ran away before I got a chance to write much, but just to open the discussion: This is my congressman. The lead on David Brooks’ column: One of the most thoughtful politicians in Washington doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution.
Y’all bat that around, if you feel like it. I’ll be back later this afternoon.
alex said on August 30, 2004 at 11:02 am
Souder got religion–as it were–when some of the local bigwigs yanked his chain and told him his primitive views on federal arts funding and the environment were going to cost him their support. They might be fiscal hawks but they also sit on the boards of museums and parks. Souder’s done a 180� and my friends in arts administration say he’s become quite doting and generous. His only major lapse was a few years ago when, famously, he threatened to pull funding from his alma mater over the staging of a student play that he deemed blasphemous.
Souder originally ran on the promise that he’d serve only two terms. Sure wish he’d been a man of his word.
Bob said on August 30, 2004 at 11:34 am
Excuse me a minute while I go outside and scream …
There. I’m back, but I don’t necessarily feel better.
Right now, probably the most thoughtful Republican I can think of is Richard Lugar, and he and any like him appear to have been shoved to the sidelines by the fascists who want to hijack democratic principles.
Lex said on August 30, 2004 at 1:47 pm
Speaking from a part of the world where Republicans are thick on the ground and being one myself, I can assure David Brooks that the party is nowhere near as united as he thinks.
John said on August 30, 2004 at 2:10 pm
Northeast republicans are barely right of center. They are routinely blasphemed by the good folks in charge of the party.
Lex, if you ever go to the Outback restaurant in town (the mall one), say hello to my dopey daughter Wendy.
alex said on August 30, 2004 at 2:16 pm
Bob, I couldn’t agree more as regards Richard Lugar. Now there’s a man who’s truly thoughtful–so much so that he’d make a great president. If the Republicans really wanted to put a compassionate face on conservatism, he’d be their man.
Much as Souder’s an embarrassment, men like Lugar and also Evan Bayh can make us feel proud to be Hoosiers. Of course, I’m a registered voter in Illinois at present and so I have the pleasure of helping Barack Obama versus the carpet-bagging Alan Keyes, better known as the black Rush Limbaugh. I can’t imagine what the GOP was thinking when they drafted that crackpot; if they knew they were going to lose the race anyway, at least they could have been a bit more dignified about it.
Bob said on August 31, 2004 at 12:09 am
You’ve got spam!
Nance said on August 31, 2004 at 4:49 am
Not any more. MT Blacklist to the rescue!