The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, April 03, 2006

Tom DeLay, We Hardly Knew Ye...

Tom DeLay is leaving Congress, to terrorize and bully pastures greener. Sugarland Mayor David Wallace is apparently the inside favorite to defumigate his place on the ballot, according to Harvey Kronberg.


Blogger Kvatch said...

Tom DeLay is leaving Congress, to terrorize and bully pastures greener.

Virginia apparently, unless of course he gets diverted to Huntsville.

Perhaps he's heading to the Old Dominion to teach them the fine art of Republican hegemony through redistricting.

4/04/2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I worked for the Texas Attorney General back during the litigation over the 1990 Redistricting. We used big clunky UNIX computers that took up half a room to design redistricting plans that were obsolete by the time they were presented in court. Now, the software can be run on a laptop and includes up to the minute census and vote data. Scientific, computerized redistricting can now, literally, abolish democracy, making the House of Representatives less competitive than the old Soviet Politburo. That is the Hammer's legacy.

4/05/2006 12:34 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

...less competitive than the old Soviet Politburo.

LOL...That's a great line! :-)

But having taken 4 semesters of Russian history and Soviet political theory (at UT...imagine that), I can tell you that, despite what people think, the Politburo was plenty competitive.

4/05/2006 1:18 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I guess I should have said ELECTORALLY competitive; Congressmen can still freely denounce each other to the secret police or poison their rivals. There have been proposals to settle runoffs in Texas by gunfight. I personally prefer a caged death-match; two candidates enter, one candidate leaves. Broadcast on pay-per-view, it could generate sufficient funding to help our crumbling school system.

4/05/2006 1:29 PM  

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