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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."

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust

In the last Congressional election of the year, Ciro Rodriguez has defeated Henry Bonilla (who I was beginning to think was invulnerable) in the TX-23 runoff. This caps off a truly remarkable season for Texas Democrats and almost, but not quite, gets rid of the bad taste in my mouth over William Jefferson. Speaker-designate Pelosi is apparently going to keep him off the Ways & Means Committee, but frankly that's just not good enough. She needs to kick him out of the Democratic Caucus entirely until or unless he is cleared of wrongdoing. Is that a double-standard? Of course it is, but Democrats have got to be, as the saying goes, more Catholic than the Pope on the ethics issue, since that's what got them the majority that Ciro Rodriguez just added to.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Technically, I don't think Pelosi is allowed kick anyone out of the caucus.

After Zell Miller gave that godawful 2004 GOP Convention speech, Sen. Daschle said that there is no way to kick elected Democrats out of the Senate.

12/12/2006 10:40 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

No, I didn't mean kick him out of Congress. The House could do that, by refusing to seat him, but that would be unfair, since he was apparently re-elected fair and square (for Louisiana, anyway). No, I meant she should kick him out of the Democratic Caucus, which has been done several times in the past, notably with Phil Gramm.

12/14/2006 12:27 AM  

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