Thursday, August 11, 2005

Carpetbaggers and Scandals

I've been reading about the 2006 Senate election in New York with interest. Not because I give a hoot about New York, necessarily, but because their incumbent Senator in that election is more than just a, well, Senator.

Sentient readers will remember that the incumbent is a lady from Arkansas, by way of Illinois, who carpetbagged her way into the Senate from New York on her way to the presidency. At least, that was the idea. The folks up in New York fell for it, but we still don't know how gullible the rest of the country is.

Richard Cohen looked at what the incumbent and her potential opponents have in common:

Jeanine Pirro is running for the Senate from New York state. She is the Westchester County district attorney whose husband went to prison for tax evasion. If she gets the Republican nomination, Pirro will run against Hillary Clinton. She is the incumbent whose husband was impeached as president of the United States. A third candidate in the race is Edward Cox. He is a New York lawyer whose father-in-law, Richard Nixon, resigned the presidency in disgrace. I pick up the morning paper with trepidation. What will Victoria Gotti do next?

Maybe Cohen wasn't joking. Well, at least Victoria's a babe, and the people of New York have proven themselves capable of just about anything, second only to California in zaniness. Just look at how an outsider convinced them to give away a Senate seat.

And if you feel compelled to smugly remind me that Robert Kennedy, one of the heroes of my youth, also carpetbagged a New York Senate seat, don't bother. That was different for two reasons. First, he wasn't a flaming leftist with socialized medicine in his heart. Second, well, it was just different. Leave me alone.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, how about a president, 2 now actually, who weren't really from Texas? How about Rick Santorem an elected Pa. office holder who is living in Pa. Try tossing the dirt in the direction where the most dirt lays and is flug from. Do you wear pleated skirts with your Republican cheerleading outfit?

1:28 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Bush I actually moved to Texas a very long time ago and still lives there. Bush II is a real Texan.

I'm not a Santorum expert, but as far as I know, he was born in Virginia and reared in Butler County, PA. He earned BA, MBA, and JD degrees at three different universities in PA. He practiced law in Pittsburgh before he was elected to represent his PA district in the House of Representatives. Then he was elected Senator from PA. Sorry to bother you with facts and details....

As far as skirts are concerned, I do indeed wear a pleated forest green kilt when I flug dirt at Democrats. When I flug dirt at Republicans, however, I wear a pink tutu.

3:58 PM, August 11, 2005  

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